Britsoc: The British Society of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Serving the British Expat community since 1920.

Happy 257th Birthday Robbie

Happy 257th Birthday Robbie

Robbie Burns was born on the 25th January 1759, which would make him 257 years old.

 

Video by Eric Windhorst

Being of Scottish decent, I would like to share some happy and blurred digital memories of an unforgettably brilliant Britsoc Burns’ Night 2016— the annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet  at the British School of Amsterdam on Saturday 30th January 2016.

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Tonight’s celebration, like past Burn’s Nights,  had a unique group character, which distinguishes the Britsoc celebration from every other. The gathering has plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties to go around, and some have their favourite Scotch tipple to keep them warm.

I know I did…

The Britsoc Burns Supper is littered with individual talents within our mists who have their own special flavour of captivating storytelling, singing and poetry.

I have to say that John Cameron-Webb  is slowly turning into a pop star.  His band ‘The McVities’ were tighter than my aunt  Meg’s Scottish purse. Anika was in splendid voice, and combined with their violinist  took it to a level of musicality that I haven’t felt since seeing Fairport  Convention live—one of the most innovative and influential British bands of the late 1960’s and are still recording and touring today. The lead singer during their greatest period was Sandy Denny who was in my opinion the greatest female vocalist of that or any era.

John Richardson (with some memory help from Dee Bodle)