Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm…..
Yes it is that time of year so to kick off the evening the ‘band’ of haggis fuelled pipers played a few impromptu Burns tunes. A but rough round the edges but with a few drams it sounded a lot better!!
The PPP was Josh Robertson who was practicing Auld Lang Syne for his school Burns competition. Excellent stuff and surely a chance of a prize?
Next up was Donald Macleod who had popped in on his way home after playing at a Burn Supper. Now it was clear that Donald, while not ‘fou and unco happy’, had already toasted the Chieftain of the puddin race, but none the less after he settled the pipe with some light music, he gave us the Urlar of the Old Woman’s Lullaby. Haste ye back Donald.
The final player of the night was John Fraser who can always be relied upon to produce some tunes that get the mind thinking. His selection included the 9/8 march, The Scots Guards Welcome to Toronto, composed by John Wilson, the Burns song Duncan Gray-
‘Wae gae by you, Duncan Gray
(Ha, ha, the girdin o’t!)
When a’ the lave gae to their play,
Then I maun sit the lee-lang day,
And jeeg the cradle wi my tae,
And a’ for the girdin o’t!…….’
Followed by The Soldiers Return and I’ll Gang Nae Mair Tae Yon Toon. A grand nod to the Bard.
And with that we were done. John Fraser is organising an informal meeting between ex Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band members and the Royal Scottish Pipers Society this coming Friday 2nd February, in the RSPS room in Rose Street, that will see the presentation and return of a Bronze Star that was originally presented by the Society to mark the Bands centenary.
The Societies AGM will be held at the start of the next meeting on Tuesday 6th February, in the Guards Club, starting at 20.00hrs, but it is hoped that business will be concluded before the pies so please bring your pipes along for a tune.