Robert Burns; Rabbie Burns; the Bard of Ayrshire; the Ploughman Poet…

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Fergus has a number of exciting events in January celebrating the life and poetry of Scotland’s national poet, Robbie Burns!

Robbie Burns Supper:

A Night wi' Burns Supper.

The Fergus Pipe Band is hosting the annual Robbie Burns supper, “A Nicht wi’ Burns”  on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, beginning at 5:30pm. Tickets are $35 until January 14 and $40 after and may be purchased at Ron Willkin Jewellers (Fergus), The Scottish Shop (Fergus), Elora-Fergus Tourism Information Centre and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 275 (Fergus).  Or contact or any member of the Fergus Pipe Band. Tickets may be purchased at the door subject to availability.

The evening will include a buffet supper, an Address to a Haggis, by John K. Campbell, Toast to the Lassies and to the Lads, music by Thistlebank as well as a performance by the Fergus Pipe Band.

The Real Rabbie Burns:

The Real Rabbie Burns - The Celts


Fergus Grand Theatre is hosting a night filled with an all-star cast playing accordian, fiddle, uillean pipes, whistles, bodhran, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, and bouzouki! Oh my!!!

Join The Celts for an evening of traditional song, blazing instrumentals, and spell-binding dance. The list of performing artists is long and esteemed:

Eugene ReaNonie ThompsonAnne LedermanTom LeightonPaul Gribbon, and Daniel Carr.


So who was Robbie Burns anyway?!?

Robert Burns, born January 25th, 1759 and died July 21st, 1796, was a Scottish poet and lyricist, whose incredible talent of capturing the beauty and pain in everyday life has made him the inarguable National Bard of Scotland.

According to the official Robert Burns website, “the Robbie Burns Supper is an annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, 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.”

Check out Visit Scotland’s website for an in-depth, accurate, and wonderful description of Burns’s life, works, and legacy.

Also, the University of Guelph’s Scottish Chapbook Project website offers a glimpse into some of Burns’s lesser-known and more ephemeral works.

Happy Rabbie Burns Day to all ye drunkards and louts!






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