eric byrne Posted November 30, 2010 Share Posted November 30, 2010 Good Afternoon Partygoers, Alas, the severe snowfall in Scotland has prevented my car making the summit of Mt Sutherland drive,and I have to be content to stay at home.Well today is a special day in Scotland its St Andrews day,so I thought we should have a Ceileigh.So lets share some of Scolands culture,of humour,songs and poetry.My first rendition,is of a poem by our National Bard,Rabbi Burns sorry Robbie Burns.The prologue,Robert as you may know, was a bit of a lad with the ladies,he was having an affair with Clarinda,in writing to her he would use the pseudonym,Sylvander,one day Clarinda tells Robert the she has to leave Scotland forever to live abroad with her husband.Brokenhearted Robert pens:- Ae Fond Kiss Ae fond kiss and then we sever A fareweel,alas,forever Deep in heart-wrung tears Ill plege thee, Warring sighs and groans Ill wage thee, Who shall say that Fortune grieves him While the star of hope she leaves him? Me,nae cheerful twinkle lights me Dark despair twinkle lights me. Ill ne'er blame my partial fancy Naething couls resist my Nancy But to see her was to love her Love but her and love forever Had we ne'er lov'd sae kindly Had we ne'er lov'd say blindly Never met or ne'er parted We had ne'er been broken-hearted Fare- thee-weel,thou first and fairest Fare-thee -weel-thou best and dearest Thine be ilka joy and treasure, Peace,Enjoyment,Love and Pleasure, Ae Fond Kiss and then we sever, Ae fareweel,alas,forever Deep in heart-wrung tears ill pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans Ill wage thee. Its diffucult for me to read this peom without singing the words in my head.I play accoustic guitar(badly) and enjoy many of Roberts songs and other Folk tunes.There is a folk duo in Scotland should say was,called the Corries,they toured Scotland, made many records and appeared many times on TV,I have recorded many of their concerts unfortunately they are on VHS video,wonder if they can be copied onto DVD?.the duo were made up of Roy Williamson and Ronnie Brown,who not only were superb musicians but they also made all their own instruments.A few years ago,Roy died suddenly with a brain haemorrhage,Ronnie in paying tribute to his musician skills said "The angels must now look to their laurals,since Roy has arrived"For the next part of our ceileigh,you have to refer to You Tube and type in The Corries you should find at least 50 videos of their music and songs,press play on your choice I particularly recommend Glencoe,Killicrankie also our National Anthem (which they wrote)The flower of Scotland,go on indulge me, its only once a year,promise you will enjoy listening to them. Now later you have to sit down to some delicious Haggis,Tatties and Neeps,and as grace one must recite the following:- Some hae meat and dinna eat, Some hae nane that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, So let the Lord be thankit. Finally,but not least,raise a wee dram of the amber nectar and repeat after me;- Heres tae us Wha's like us Gie few an' there aw deed. Enjoy the rest of the party,I am off to my guitar,MacPhersons Rant coming up.Byee Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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