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On Friday, January 22, members and friends of Oban Parish Church celebrated the birth anniversary of our National Bard in virtual style.
A Ceilidh – Wi’ a Smatterin’ o’ Burns – was enjoyed, by around 60 households , in a 75-minute Zoom link up.
Reverend Dugald Cameron welcomed everyone and handed over to choir member Martin Wilson, MC for the event. Martin is well versed in conducting a Burns celebration.
Local lad and Pipe Band member, Euan Dewar set the scene with rousing bagpipe selections followed by John MacLean’ s traditional Address to the Haggis. The sweet sound of the violin was heard courtesy of Helen Jordan, then another sweet sound, the voice of Fumiko Miller with Ae Fond Kiss. Alex Clark disguised with bunnet and scarf chose the poem Tae a Moose. Well-known pantomime duo George and Val Hamilton drew laughter with Auld Glesga, a reflective monologue on life and times in the city. Val’s poem, For a’ that, was cleverly adapted to highlight the plight of The ‘Wumman’
of the hoose. In between turns Martin tested the audience knowledge with a three-part quiz on Burns, Scotland and Oban. John MacLean returned with a humorous Burns-style anecdote which featured a few Obanites. Hamish, a poem by Martin Wilson with a hint of Burns had the audience on the edge of their sofas.
Following Rev Cameron’s comprehensive vote of thanks, which included reference to parish assistant Emily D’Silva, who expertly fine tuned the online technology, the evening finished with a virtual Auld Lang Syne to Martin’s accordion music.