In search of a bagpiper in Panama

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An urgent search is underway in Panama for a bagpiper to celebrate Scotland's national bard  and  a haggis.

A piper in full dressBagpipes have been played around the world for centuries, but in the public mind are most commonly associated with Scotland and coming up is “Rabbie Burns Day,” when Scots and their descendants around the world celebrate the birthday of the Scottish bard, with a traditional supper and ceremonies.

While many may not be familiar with poems like:
“Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie,
O, what a panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle! “**

most of us have sung the words of “Auld lang syne”..
All of the above will be happening at the upcoming Burns Supper being organized by the St Andrews Society at the City Club on Friday January 29. (The official birthday is January 25, but this is Panama).
At the supper the piping in of the haggis is a central feature of the evening’s celebration, followed by tributes to the bard, poetry and dancing.
But there’s the rub.So far, Jonathan Jones who will be the kilted chairman at the supper has been unable to track down a bagpiper.
If any reader knows someone who can produce the skirl of the pipes, contact Jonathan at, or
He (or she) will be feted with a wee dram or two and a dish of the haggis that awaits the skirl o’ the pipes.
** If you don’t know the early part of the poem you will certainly know some of the words from a later stanza:
The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men
(Gang aft agley)

If you want to share in the mysteries of a Burns Supper and hear the rest of the poem contact Jonathan Jones. ($50 including an open bar, wine, and lots of door prizes).{jathumbnail off}


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