Traditionally this is the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard's birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.
The bigburnssupper focusses more on celebration than scholarship.
Download this free music by Burns.
Great for Burns night, or for NEW YEAR's EVE
The lyrics with the Burns music have been rendered into english. It was felt that this was preferable to risking scottish ire owing to inappropriate cultural appropriation.