A night for men in kilts

Robbie Burns Night

Piper Bill Dryden

Robbie Burns Night

Music, entertainment and the eating of the haggis are all a part of Robbie Burn’s Night around the world. Sooke is no different. Each year Scottish poet Robbie Burns is honoured along with the traditional haggis at the Royal Canadian Legion.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, the Sooke Pipes and Drums Band will present an evening honouring the bard.

Sally Titchkosky said the event will be a little different than last year.

“We’re trying to get the choir to sing a few pieces and there is a fellow, Gareth Hurwood, coming from Victoria with his own West Coast brand of Celtic music,” said Titchkosky.

Included in the evening’s lineup is Sooke’s Janet McTavish who will sing traditional Scottish songs and a brother and sister team who will perform a sword dance and the Highland fling. And, of course, the Sooke Pipes and Drums will play.

There will be the usual range of speeches, toast to the haggis, Scotch whiskey and a traditional roast beef dinner.

“It’s usually a good time, everyone should experience the Toast to the Haggis at least once in their life.” she said. “And you don’t have to be Scottish, kilts are welcome by men or women.”

The evening is a fundraiser for the Sooke Pipes and Drums.

“They focus a lot on children and foster the need/want to play music,” said Titchkosky of the band.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Legion bar.

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