The Evergreen Club, located in the Florence Filberg Centre, will be hosting a Robbie Burns luncheon and Scottish concert at 12 p.m., Jan. 25 in the upper conference hall.
This is the same luncheon that was previously held at the Courtenay branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and is convened by Ken MacLeod of the Evergreen Club.
The event will feature a roast beef lunch with haggis. In addition to the traditional Burns dinner, addresses, and toasts, the audience will be treated to a traditional Scottish concert of exceptional talent.
This celebration will feature the outstanding piping talents of Rob York of Courtenay, soloist Jacqueline Lambeth and her Jacqueline Lambeth Singers, Scottish singer Mary Ann Tait, Dick Cowling (baritone), and musical comedians Roy Storey and Ken MacLeod. Ken Newman will provide the musical accompaniment on piano. Of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without the address to a Haggis.
Jacqueline Lambeth, has been a student of Scottish music for many years and is a brilliant interpreter of Scottish songs. The Jacqueline Lambeth Singers have wowed audiences for the past two years at the Evergreen Club’s annual Memories of the War Years Show and Jukebox Saturday Night: the Music of the 50s and 60s.
In addition to Lambeth, the group features Maureen Faust and Heather Rapin, the singing sister sensations. Rapin will sing a beautiful and stirring version of Amazing Grace interspersed with an interlude by Rob York on the pipes.
Holly Davidson, June Munro, and newcomer Sandy Austin complement the group with their amazing harmony and vocal talents. Davidson will also combine with piper Rob York to sing her own composition The Red Isle, a song about her native Prince Edward Island to the tune of The Dark Island. Mary Ann Tait will perform The Star of Rabbie Burns and Jacqueline Lambeth will stir the hearts with Scottish musical gems such as The Road to the Isles.
The concert will have the audience tapping their toes and singing along from the start. In addition to the piping and singing duos, Dick Cowling, retired colonel of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, will sing rousing versions of The Scottish Soldier and Scots Wha Hae in combination with Piper York, who will also join with the Jacqueline Lambeth Singers to perform the beautiful Mull of Kintyre.
If you long for the days of yore when traditional Scottish concerts regularly visited and took place in the Comox Valley, you will love this event, all for the price of $20.
Tickets are available at the Florence Filberg Centre office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (411 Anderton Ave, 250-338-1000).