A Kinrowan Estate story: Céilidh music (A Letter to Anna)

Dear friend,

Knowing your love of Scottish traditional music, I wanted to tell you about the Ceilidh House evening we had here recently. Normally we just have the Neverending Session playing in the Pub which more than enough for good, lively music, or a contradance band formed out of whoever’s willing to play, such as Solstice, which has your sister on violin, Finch on border pipes, and Elizabeth setting aside her cello for a sweet set of hand drums.

But Iain had decided some months back that a journey through the history of the Highlands and Islands with the music and song of the same with an emphasis on the Highland bagpipe, fiddle and Gaelic song would make for an interesting evening. That would be followed by a dance using the older Scottish dances, which meant just about everyone got instruction in them.

Needless to say the Kitchen staff and the Several Annies decided that a traditional summer Scottish eventide meal was in order: grouse, hare and salmon were the meats along with new potatoes and steamed greens. A strawberry shortbread was served for dessert. And Bjørn decided a traditional Scottish ale would be in order.

Need I say that your brother made more than several toasts with one of the better single malts I’ve had? After dinner, he quoted at length from the writing of Burns. It was a good thing that the dance came next as I think a number of us were, errrr, nodding off during his lengthy ramblings. Succinct he isn’t. 

All in all it was an interesting evening though I must admit that I really prefer a quiet evening at home with my wife and our cats, or a pint in the Pub while engaging in conversation and listening to the music for a few hours.

tills nästa gång, Gus

About Gus the Estate Head Gardener

I’m the person responsible for both the grounds and the livestock which are raised here. I live with Bree (my wife) in one of the cottages that has been here for centuries.

I actually enjoy Winters here as my work load is considerably reduced as I let the younger staff members handle the needed work which leaves me time for reading, ice skating and skiing, not to mention just being with my wife. Bliss!

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