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There’s no doubt that January can be a long month. It is somewhat fortuitous therefore, that fate has provided us with such a bright spot towards month’s end. I refer, of course, to the annual celebration of the life of Robert Burns,  and this year the light shines especially bright in North Grenville.

Burns, besides being an accomplished poet, was an avid collector of songs and many of those he penned, collected or arranged have become some of the most beloved of the traditional canon.

Acoustic trio Tripoly has teamed up with a host of seasoned performers to offer a wonderful evening of songs and poems of Burns’s native Scotland. The performance will take place at Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall on Friday January 27 beginning at 7:30 pm.

Tripoly features the silken voice of Elizabeth McNally, Glenna Hunter on violin, cello and voice and Doug Hendry on 12-string guitar and cittern. They will be joined onstage by Cape Bretoners Helen MacGregor and Laura Drover, fellow Scots Arthur McGregor and George Hogan, and ably assisted by John Baldwin, James Clugston and Shawn Yakimovich.

This core group has performed music and theatre together over the past decade, most recently at the celebration of the life of Louise Atchison, and they leapt at the chance to re-unite to bring this beautiful music to brighten the dreary winter.

Tickets for the event are available at the Crusty Bakers and the B&H grocery store in Kemptville, as well as online at There may be some remaining at the door, but to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you buy them in advance. Tickets cost $20. Some light Scottish-themed snacks, provided by the Crusty Bakers, will be available at intermission (by donation).

For more information about the event, email [email protected]


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