Robert (Robbie) Burns was a Scotsman who liked writing poetry, drinking whiskey and making fun of the French.
Every year on the occasion of his birth, January 25, people celebrate him with Robbie Burns nights, where haggis is eaten (usually not very much), whiskey imbibed (usually quite a lot), poems are read and music is played.
As I know a lad from the land where people are sometimes clad in plaid, I have attended one of these celebrations every January for the last decade. People bring poems to read or instruments with which they play Celtic and other styles of folk music (again, essentially poems but set to music).
At the 18th annual Florence Winter Music Festival, Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, you can hear a variety of music that can get you in the mood to celebrate the dead poets anniversary, even if you don't own a single item of plaid.
John Reischman and the Jaybirds will help kick off the festival on Friday
The nine bands performing at the festival, many whom are Grammy winners and accomplished recording artists, are grouped by musical style: Friday is bluegrass, Saturday Americana and Sunday is dedicated to folk. The festival is held at the Florence Events Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Something will help set the mood for Americana Saturday night
You can learn how to tell a story with song at one of four workshops, including how to jam for beginners, jamming bluegrass style, and guitar playing tips for players at all levels. The song writing workshop will be taught by the members of the award winning quartet True North.
If you want a break from music but not the arts, visit the Winter Arts Festival which will be held during the weekend of the music festival in the events center on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will finish Saturday night's lineup
More music of the genre can be found at two upcoming events:
As part of the Celtic Series at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh will perform on Sunday, February 2, at 2 p.m. The center's website describes them as the “folk group for people who thought they didn’t like folk music.”