Rose and Shamrock Festival

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I am very excited about the Rose and Shamrock Festival.  I went to a previous Festival of the same name in 2016.  It was a great festival, but it was very expensive.  My wife was a vendor at that festival and as such we didn’t pay the $35.00 entrance fee.  There was free beer, but since I was suffering from vertigo at the time, I didn’t drink much that day. As I said, it was an incredible festival.  The best thing was that it was in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, Pa, which is a really cool little city.  There is a lot going on downtown in Lancaster.  This Festival is one of the cool things.  This year, it is FREE!  It is going to be a great day.  There will be great bands.  I will be giving an example of  a traditional Robert Burns Supper Address to the Haggis, and then having a Robert Burns/Scottish song sing along.  There will be demonstrations of Scottish Country Dancing, which is one of the ancestors of square dancing.  There will be all sorts of tutorials, from Bodhran playing to Beginning Irish Dancing.

This Festival has been put together by Esther Pujol of the Paloma School of Irish Dance and Paloma Irish Arts Foundation.  

Here are the Bands and musicians that will be there.  I am listing them in order of appearance.

I hope that you make the time to attend this festival.  Most people think of Lancaster County as the Land of the Pennsylvania Dutch.  What most don’t know is that there is a strong Scottish, Irish, and Welsh population here from before the Pennsylvania Dutch arrived, and it still is present in the culture and traditions in the county.  bb8ff1_db85d8bb1ce64c8eb2b56a924126afb2_mv2

 

 

 

Robert Burns Suppers this year

Robert Burns was born January 25, 1759.  He died at age 37.  Despite living such a brief time, he is considered one of the most influential poets and songwriters of all time.  Shortly after he died his friends came together to celebrate his life.  They chose to do it on his birthday and quoted his poetry and sang his songs.  This tradition continues till today.

One of the highlights of a traditional Burns Supper is the Haggis, which, As, 

“Chieftain of the Puddin’ race,” is piped in with the pomp and ceremony attendant on that high title.  Here is the Poem that greets the Haggis upon it’s arrival!  

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s me arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin’, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Bethankit! hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ trissle.

Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind yer care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis!

I will have the privilege of officiating at three Burns Suppers and one presentation about Burns in the next month.  I am really looking forward to that!

Here are the events that I will be involved with:

Here is a Robert Burns playlist from Kev Thompson a Youtube artist that I particularly like.