Big Burns Night Bash Review
***** 5 Stars
Edinburgh based Big Band Does Productions continues its collection of Online offerings. Following Halloween and Christmas inspired productions they turn to Scotland’s national Bard Robert Burns and all things Scotland for a production that see’s them return to form.
Opening with a visually stunning and vocally haunting rendition of “Sky Boat Song” performed with touching Grace by Natalie and Danielle Logan. The perfect blend of Scotland’s lands and truly accomplished vocals get this thirty minute production off to a beautiful start.
Next up is Lewis Watson with a “Burns” inspired ode “Tae a Sesh” pithy, witty and charming this is contemporary Scotland reflecting on its heritage and both writing and performance blend in a perfect marriage.
Caledonia, Dougie MacLean’s hit from 1977 has become somewhat of alternative national anthem for many Scots. Here Luca Manning and Rosie Graham give it a touchingly simplistic covering. They let the lyrics speak for themselves and it shines! Luca must have the best ear rings of the production to boot!
Moving on to our first dose of actual “Burns” Sally Cairns delivers “To a Louse” yes that’s not a mistype of the more well known “To a Mouse”. Cairns deliver’s with excellent accession and dialect that blazes through the screen.
We then get some Scottish pop in the form of Amy McDonald’s “This is the Life” performed by Georgia Fish, her rich “indie” style vocals give extra charm to this punchy number.
The Devine Chris McLeish takes us back to 1841 and “The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond” this song will always be eternal and McLeish delivers something truly special, he sings from his soul and its achingly beautiful.
Returning again to “Burns” himself Rebecca Gordon Scott delivers a charming “A Red, Red, Rose”.
Producer Scott Coltman takes to the screen next, performing “Wee Andy Webber’s Scottish Medley” which proved a hit for Dean Park back in 1998. The medley see’s Lord Webbers greatest hits given a Celidh twist. Coltman brings the comedy to the production along with a costume change or two! Its a fun change of pace.
If you’re going to have a “Burns” bash you have to have a haggis! Joe Hunter delivers the “address to a Haggis” in a flawless performance of depth that showcases Scotland’s love for its National Dish.
The Haggis eaten, the Dram’s drunk it’s time for “Auld Lang Syne” performed by Hazel Beattie, well know to Scottish Audiences for “Rabbie” and “Sunshine on Leith” this is the ultimate high point of the production. A vocal that touches the heart, and moves the soul. Made all the more powerful by the touching tribute to the great “Andy Gray”. Musical performance at its best.
To close the show, the company turn to monster hit musical “Sunshine on Leith” and full cast rendition of “Over and Done with” it brings the video to a rousingly Scottish curtain down.
Superbly edited by Tommie Travers BBD have returned to form with the Big Burns Night Bash let’s hope it rolls over into their next venture, BBD does Valentines. Beyond that lets all wish the company are back performing Live soon. For now this is well worth half an hour of anyone’s evening.
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