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Gie her a Haggis! Blackthorn back in Coquitlam for Robbie Burns show

Hear some poetry and listen to famous Scottish tunes at the Robbie Burns celebration at Place des Arts on Jan. 13, 2024.
Blackthorn returns to Coquitlam's Place des Arts on Jan. 13, 2024, for a Robbie Burns celebration.

The life and works of Scotland's most famous writer will be celebrated at a Coquitlam concert next month.

The Celtic band Blackburn returns to Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave.) for a show on Jan. 13, 2024, to coincide with Robbie Burns' birthday — 265 years ago on Jan. 25, 1759.

Best known for his poem and song “Auld Lang Syne,” "Rabbie" Burns often wrote in a Scots dialect.

Today, Burns suppers are held around the world to honour the icon of Scottish literature and include Burns’ poem “Address to a Haggis” before the meat dish is served up to the crowd.

While there is no dinner at the Coquitlam gathering, Rob MacDonald will emcee the special event as Blackthorn takes the stage with a guest piper for the musical component.

Started in 1989, Blackthorn is made up of:

  • Rosie Carver (fiddle)
    • Place des Arts’ faculty member
  • Michael Viens (vocals, guitar and harmonica)
  • Michelle Carlisle (vocals, flute, whistle)
  • Tim Renaud (bass, vocals, bodhran, cittern)

For tickets at $21/$16 for the Robbie Burns concert at Place des Arts in Coquitlam, you go to the facility’s website or call 604-664-1636.