Almost time to celebrate genius of Scots poet Robbie Burns

Eddi Reader singing Robbie Burns.
Eddi Reader singing Robbie Burns.

As we approach Burns Night on January 25 it is time to celebrate the honoured national Scottish poet of love and landscape, Robert (or Robbie, as he is more affectionately remembered) Burns.

At the Linen Hall Library an exhibition is already underway in memory of the spirited poet and lyricist with a selection of rare materials from the Library’s Gibson collection - the largest collection of Burns materials held outside of Scotland - now on display.

Included is the 1787 Belfast edition of Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and the facsimile reprint of the Kilmarnock edition as well as, most interestingly, early examples of Robbie Burns’ poetry that was first published in the Belfast News Letter.

Admission to the exhibition is free and runs until January 31.

Meanwhile, if you fancy a night of song, a Burns Night Celebration with Glasgow-born singer Eddi Reader will take place at the Waterfront Hall on January 25, with tickets now on sale.

Reader recorded the classic album, Songs of Robert Burns, which was released to acclaim in 2003.

At this event the Ulster Orchestra will perform an evening of traditional Scottish music, with Reader performing her now well-known and much loved musical interpretations of seminal Burns poems.

Eddi will join the Ulster Orchestra in a collaboration with the Ulster-Scots Agency, for a Burns Night concert that brings together musicians from the Ulster-Scots and classical traditions.

Also performing will be piper Robert Watt, drummer Mark Wilson and the Ulster-Scots Juvenile Pipe Band. The evening will be presented by Dan Gordon.

The Burns exhibition at the Linen Hall Library is free and tickets for the Burns Night Celebration at the Waterfront are now available. Call 02890 334400 or visit