Right after three intense days with our Estonian and Polish friends and collaborators in Baltic Trad/e I went back to Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen. I have decided to write some of the things I do for my PhD in Aberdeen on this blog as well, since it is about the same things as Folk Practice Academy work with over “the Baltic creek”!
A few hours after landing my professor, his wife and my fellow student Natalie took me to a traditional Burns supper in Garlogie. This is an annual celebration of the Scottish national poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). He has inspired many writers, among them Evert Taube. Taube’s “Min älskling du är som en ros” is fairly close to Burn’s “My love is like a red red rose”!
There were men in kilts, toast to the haggis, wonderful Burns poems and lots of traditional dancing all night long! Funny thing – the dance our Polish friends taught us as the krakowiak was obviously just as typical for Scotland, with à different name of course. About ninety persons – 67 bottles of whiskey (and lots of water) vs three bottles of wine – exotic!
Burns supper was a wonderful chance to talk to people about singing and listen to great performings, some of them official but – as often – some of the best ones were performed in the bathroom queue…