Burns & Beyond will return in January 2024 with a celebration of luve, hope & kindness
Burns&Beyond returned to live events in January 2023, with a packed programme of free and ticketed events throughout Edinburgh city centre. Highlights included the Assembly Rooms Festival Club with a welcome return of The Twilight Sad – Stripped Back, and very special shows from Kinnaris Quintet & Friends featuring guests Julie Fowlis & Karine Polwart, An Afternoon with Colin Hay, and Adam Holmes & Heidi Talbot …
Plus a feast of Burns Night fun at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Ceilidh Events, delicious Burns Supper events and a FREE live music programme with Red, Red Rose Street…
SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2024!
Burns Night at Hame
Wed, 25 Jan 2023
The first Burns Supper was held in July 1802 on the fifth anniversary of Burns’ death. Nine of his closest friends met at the cottage in Alloway in celebration of his life. The evening was a triumph. So much so that they decided to meet again on the date of his birthday the following January. Little did they know that night that they set in motion what would become a global phenomenon. And one, dear fiere, you should feel proud to be part of…
The key ingredient to any Burns Supper is to have FUN, you can follow the traditional format or make up your own, but we’ve included a few music performances and Rabbie Recitals for you to enjoy as part of the celebrations.
NEU! REEKIE! presents… BURNS ON FIRE!
with special guests
NOVA (featuring special guest Empress)
Nadine Aisha Jassat
Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson
With over a decade of unfurling alternative Burns Nights under their belts, Neu! Reeke! are perhaps the best placed cabal in Scotland to conjure an atypical Burns Night that’ll ruffle feathers and arouse the senses.
Aidan O’Rourke & Friends
Lucky Middlemass’s Tavern
Burns&Beyond with Johnnie Walker celebrates The Bard with an online recreation of Lucky Middlemass’s Tavern. Filmed on location in The Caves, Edinburgh, the site of the famed 18th century tavern, where the ale and claret flowed along with progressive discussion and music, and where literary greats and Enlightenment figures including Robert Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith, Deacon Brodie, James Watt and Benjamin Franklin were just some of the regulars, an uproarious and thought-provoking assembly of song and poetry has been curated by Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke.
Rachel Sermanni – A Red, Red Rose – Burns&Beyond Archive
One of the most famous love songs written by Robert Burns, ‘A Red, Red Rose’. Part of the song’s appeal is its use of powerful, natural imagery to convey a love that is ever-lasting and capable of surviving both distance and time.
Kinnaris at National Museum of Scotland – Burns&Beyond Archive
Wed, 25 Jan 2023
Kinnaris perform a special set for Burns&Beyond from the world-famous National Museum of Scotland for Burns Night.
Uplifting, fresh, honest and powerful music, with influences of traditional Scottish and Irish music, Bluegrass, Old-Time, Classical, and new compositions, harmonies, energy, and drive.
2022 Gallery & Videos
With live performances from Aidan O’Rourke, Brìghde Chaimbeul, The Choir of St. Giles’ Cathedral and more, plus the beautiful installation 'Les Colombes (The Doves)' by artist Michael Pendry, 2022 saw the return of in-person events alongside exclusive recordings from special guests.