Robbie Burns was an 18th-century poet and lyricist who has become a memorialized national symbol of Scottish heritage. Every year on his birthday, people come together to celebrate Burns Night—a feast that usually includes haggis, Scotland’s national dish, and reading Burns’ poetry out loud.
We will be celebrating Robbie Burns Day with traditional bagpipes played by Alastair Briggs at our Chappelle location and Scotch tasting at both our Chappelle and Inglewood locations.
I began my bagpiping odyssey as a child back in 1986 as a very young member of the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band, now known as the Edmonton Youth Pipe Band which is the oldest organization of its kind in Alberta. This is where I learnt the fundamentals and the art of the Great Highland Bagpipe. Being taught by some fantastic instructors helped me to become an important member of a lot of other organizations such as The National Army Cadet Pipes and Drums, Edmonton Caledonia Pipe Band, Alberta Caledonia Pipe Band, St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band, Wajjo African Drummers and have performed with Sweet Vintage Rides as well.
Some of my most memorable performances over the years have been for the late Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth 2nd, late Governor General Lois Hole, Edmonton Oilers Legends Live and the opening ceremonies of the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium.