London's largest, most theatrical Burns Night Supper & Ceilidh Dance returns for 2018
It’s time to honour your Scottish ancestry (or perhaps invent some) for Burns Baby Burns, a night of hot tartan, highland flings and 18th century-style feasting. We welcome all clans to gather for feasting and rituals alongside the Ceilidh Liberation Front – the most radical ceilidh dance band south of Lanarkshire.
If you’re looking for a centuries-old, highland castle-style Scottish feast & hooley, replete with performers, audience interventions, fabulous decor, lashings of razor-tongued comedy, and the best-sprung dance floor in town, look no further than Bethnal Green’s York Hall.
The Burns Baby Burns recipe adulterates this age-old ceremony, accompanied by a three-course traditional Burns supper and massive ceilidh, and updates it for the 21st century. There really is no other Burns Night like it!
“Raucous knees up and damn good fun!” - Evening Standard
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th January 2018
FROM 6PM AT YORK HALL, BETHNAL GREEN, E2 9PJ
Your ticket includes:
A 3 COURSE FEAST
A DRAM OF WHISKY
WILD CEILIDH, PERFORMANCE, & BURNS NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT
"I've never before seen a room full of strangers melt utterly into poetry, toast in unison and dance like old friends the entire night" - Burns Baby Burns guest 2016
The lassies mockingly toasting the laddies, and the laddies’ colourful response
The thunderous recitation of Burns’ most famous works
And of course, the most exultant, euphoric, wild ceilidh south of Lanarkshire, from the UK’s most riotous ceilidh band - The Ceilidh Liberation Front
BURNS BABY BURNS IS, QUITE SIMPLY, THE BIGGEST AND BEST BURNS NIGHT CELEBRATION SOUTH OF THE BORDER
"The food was free flowing and incredibly tasty, free drams were handed out and the energy and passion in the room was something to behold" - Burns Baby Burns guest 2017
No trimmings will be spared as we serve up a traditional three-course dinner, including the highland piping in of a rare giant haggis (vegan & veggie alternatives provided – this is East London) prepared by chef extraordinaire Charlton Nicoll.
"...superb master of ceremonies and the whole thing was spectacularly put together and well presented" - Burns Baby Burns 2016 guest
TAKING THE ROLE OF LAIRD (OR LAIRDY) OF THE MANOR, OUR HOST PRESIDES OVER THE CEREMONY, LEADING THE ASSEMBLED REVELLERS IN THE BURNS RITUALS
Every ceremony is different but should include the Welcome, The Selkirk Grace, the Ode to the Haggis, the Toast to the lassies and laddies, and the Immortal Memory.
We like to honour tradition but also bring a bit of contemporaneity to proceedings, adding some 21st century colour with theatre performance, comedy, and loads of audience participation. It’s a supper to remember, completely informed by the work of the man himself.
We like to think Rabbie would approve.
"...many many people I danced with that night, some gracefully, some klutzily, but all with wild smiles on their faces" - Burns Baby Burns guest 2017
THE CEILIDH FOR BURNS BABY BURNS WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE CEILIDH LIBERATION FRONT, LONDON'S MOST RADICAL, COLOURFUL CEILIDH BAND
Subverting the lore of the ceilidh with their energetic new regime, they breathe vigour and vitality into traditional dancing, whilst honouring its roots and traditions. No prior dancing knowledge (or apparent skill) is needed – every dance will be instructed.
This ceilidh ensemble is a coming together of the finest musicians, the most charismatic callers, the most uplifting and inspiring tunes, and the best dances; mostly traditional, with some bespoke dancing creations, and the odd spontaneous improvisation!
"5 stars for the venue, the cordial hospitality, the staff and the amazing night!" - Burns Baby Burns 2017 guest
For 2018 Burns Baby Burns moves to York Hall. It’s a short hop from Bethnal Green or Cambridge Heath stations to this grand old building. Dating back to 1929, it befits the stately grandeur one of the UK’s largest and most extravagant Burns Night celebrations.
YORK HALL, 5 OLD FORD ROAD, BETHNAL GREEN, LONDON E2 9PJ
What's Burns Night about?
"Incredible burns baby burns this year! Loved the en masse banqueting, brilliant music and dancing, and amazing venue" - Burns Baby Burns 2016 guest
Burns Night celebrates the life and work of legendary Scottish bard Robert ‘Rabbie’ Burns through feasting, literature, and dance. The ‘suppers’ take place on or around his birthday (25th January) and have become synonymous with revelry, ceremony, prose and wild good times.
Each year at the end of January, Burns Suppers are held around the world, replete with whisky, tartan, haggis, and ceilidh dancing, plus readings of Burns’ songs and poetry. Over the years Burns has established a cult following, from which specific customs and rituals have evolved, many of which we observe at Burns Baby Burns, although always with our own twist!
Born in Dumfries in 1759, Rabbie was a prolific writer of songs and poems. He is revered as Scotland’s national bard, is regularly voted as the greatest ever Scot, on top of being cited by Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson as an influence! His most famous works are still very much in the public canon, with Auld Lang Syne and A Red, Red Rose perhaps the best known.
Rabbie was famously a rogue and a womaniser, fathering 12 children to 4 wives, and died tragically young age 37 with reputedly only £1 to his name. His work is now celebrated in Burns clubs all around the world, and a copy of his poetry has travelled 5.7 million miles, orbiting the earth in the pocket of astronaut Nick Patrick.
BURNS BABY BURNS IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NEST COLLECTIVE, LONDON'S BRIGHTEST FOLK CLUB, FOUNDED BY MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE NOMINEE, FOLK SINGER AND SONG COLLECTOR SAM LEE
For 12 years the Nest Collective has been producing and promoting folk, world & traditional music events across London, finding new ways and unusual places to celebrate and enjoy great music new and old.
Other special events we run include the Campfire Club - unamplified summertime concerts around campfires across London, and Singing With Nightingales - springtime concerts in woodlands across SE England bringing audiences and musicians into the woods to collaborate with wild nightingales singing their courtship song.
For more information on what we do visit www.thenestcollective.co.uk