St. Andrews Village will host a free performance featuring Castlebay, Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee, Thursday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.
The duo will showcase the life and work of poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) who collected and wrote new lyrics for hundreds of traditional Scottish folk tunes which he felt were falling into obscurity.
Working in both the Scots language and in English Burns produced many masterpieces of 18th century poetry and song. Among these are “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose,” “Comin' Through the Rye” and “Auld Lang Syne,” popular even today at New Year's celebrations. His short but colorful life has become the subject of both legend and scholarly documentary.
Julia and Fred have studied the man, the myth, and the music. They have presented lecture/performances for concert series, elder hostels, libraries, and schools in New England, Maritime Canada, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, North and South Carolina and Florida. In their program, romantic love songs are interspersed with lively dance tunes as well as poems and anecdotes about Scotland's National Poet.
Much of Burns's work is in the Scots language of the lowlands. While related to English there is quite a different vocabulary. Castlebay performs some of the songs in English but most of them in Scots. They have received compliments from American audiences on their ability to make the lyrics understandable and from native Scots speakers on the authenticity of their presentations.
Castlebay is well known for their sensitive arrangements of traditional Scottish music. Both Julia and Fred are fine vocalists. They support their singing with a variety of instruments including Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle, Irish flute and tin whistle. They have toured the British Isles annually since 1993 playing at folk clubs, art centers, and festivals.
The Village, at 145 Emery Lane in Boothbay Harbor, opens this event up to the community for free; however for planning purposes please RSVP to 633-0920 if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be served.