Doonhamers Preparing For Their Big Burns Supper At Home

Thousands of local people are getting ready for their Burns Night at home due to the recent Lockdown announcements, including fans of the Big Burns Supper who are being treated to a free online virtual Burns Night show featuring a string of top acts from across the globe.

  • This special free broadcast celebrates Big Burns Supper festival’s 10th anniversary with a gift to Scotland and the world on Burns Night 
  • A Burns Supper digital get together quite like no other as Godley welcomes musicians, comedians, actors, aerialists and historians from across the world from the comfort of her living room beamed directly into yours 
  • KT Tunstall, Donovan, Tide Lines, Dougie Maclean, Robert Softly Gale and Amy Conachan confirmed for exclusive performances and unique reflections on Burns’ work 
  • Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper 2021 will be broadcast from 7pm – 8.15pm on 25th January 2021 via Facebook and YouTube.

The Dumfries festival is about to celebrate its 10th edition. Organisers had to shelf plans for the return of the Carnival as well as their biggest programme to date which is expected to return in 2022.

Several local artists have recorded special songs for the event, and others are drumming up support to get people to tune in and watch it.

The online event, which is being hosted by comedian Janey Godley, runs for 75 minutes and is entirely free and features KT Tunstall, Donovan, Skerryvore and Dougie MacLean.

Local band LOKA from Dumfries have recorded a special tribute to Robert Burns in their new song The Ploughman’s Sang. The film was recorded in Dumfries at Burns locations before lockdown, including Burns Mausoleum and Ellisland Farm.

Lynn Cuddihy, from Dumfries who wrote the song says,

“Although Rab has his faults, I wanted to comment on how differently we view him now. There is something heroic about his story that appeals to us all.”

Founder of the Big Burns Supper, Graham Main says

“Coming together has never felt so important and that is what Big Burns Supper has always been about. Reaching out to one another in the depths of winter. Making us realise, that we are not alone and sharing our love of music and song together.”

Myra Smith, a volunteer from Dumfries with Big Burns Supper says

“We encourage people to tell their neighbours and older relatives to tune in and feel the magic of the festival from the comfort of their own homes. Suggest it to them as a way to connect with the community, it’s always really uplifting.”

Gayle Johnstone, from Dumfries hasn’t missed a Big Burns Supper in nine years and says

“I don’t intent on stopping now! We might all be indoors, but we will be getting the Haggis ready for 7pm to watch the Big Burns Supper on YouTube.”

Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper 2021 will be broadcast from 7pm – 8.15pm on 25th January 2021 via Facebook and YouTube.