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Press Release 30th March 2011

                                      By Anne Macpherson
 
                                   dameannemac@gmail.com
 
 
 
               GAEL’S FIRE BLAZING SUCCESS OVER £1,700
        RAISED FOR TAY RAIL BRIDGE VICTIMS’ MEMORIAL
 
 
 
Markinch, Scotland: Balgonie castle was ablaze with light, music and laughter on Friday, March 25th for   Gael’s Fire, a fund raising event sponsored by the RT Burns Club. The event was hosted by Laird and Lady Morris of Balgonie and Stuart Morris the younger of Balgonie, to benefit the Tay Rail Bridge Disaster Victims’ Memorial Trust Fund. The “water of life” could not douse the flames of passion and delight that filled the great hall at Balgonie Castle.  The 14th Century hall glowed from the light of hundreds of candles with an over-flow crowd filling the hall.  The evening raised over £1,700 to help fund the building of a memorial to the victims’of one of Scotland’s worst rail disasters.
 
Guests were first treated to single malt tasting by the enchanting Regis Lemaitre, of Whisky Mad, the hilarious but very knowledgeable whisky ambassador.  Then the pipes called all to dinner provided by Lee Murray of Advent Restaurant.  Music resounded through the hall with the ancient calling of the drums and pipes of Clanadonia, reminding diners of their history and sending chills up the spine answering the call of the drums.  Next up came the delightful The Sorries, whose sweet harmony and wicked humor soothed the blood.  Donald Kay-aka-Robert Burns surprised the ladies present by presenting each with a red rose.
 
An auction sparked bids thanks to Keith James King, Master of Ceremonies for the night as he kept the jokes flowing as well as the wine.
 
Finally, from the minstrel’s gallery above, the amazing operatic voice of Gari Glaysher set hearts aflame again and brought down the house with his soaring voice and wonderful personality. Lady Margaret Balgonie said, “I listen to Gari’s CD in the car all the time and to have him sing in my castle, I am overwhelmed.”
 
Laird Raymond Morris of Balgonie stated that Balgonie castle was made for a night such as Gael’s Fire, filling the hall with music and laughter.  And indeed it was. Many guests commented that they felt that they had indeed been transported back to the 14th Century.  Their return trip to the present came all too soon, many declared.                                                          
 

 

 

 

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BALGONIE CASTLE A’GLOW

GAEL’S FIRE TO LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

TAY RAIL BRIDGE MEMORIAL TO BENEFIT FROM STAR STUDDED NIGHT

Balgonie Castle: Markinch Fife:  Balgonie Castle, one of the finest 14th century towers in Scotland will be the embarkation point for a trip back to the Middle Ages on Friday March 25th.  Gael’s Fire, a romantic evening in the 14th century will take 50 lucky people

back in time to enjoy an evening of music, whisky, a Highland dinner and a grand auction to raise funds for the Tay Rail Bridge Memorial Trust, a registered Scottish charity.

As guests approach the tower they will be welcomed by the tribal drums and pipes of Clanadonia, the castle ablaze with over 150 candles is silhouetted in the evening sky as the drums beat faster and the blood rushes to the ancient calling of Clandonia’s tribal rhythms .  Regis Lemaitre, delightful whisky ambassador for Regis Whisky Mad will greet guests with a full whisky tasting featuring three different distilleries, the very water of life.

The piper summons all to a royal feast in the Great Hall, there to be greeted by Laird Raymond Morris of Balgonie and his son Stuart. As the candles shed their mellow glow over amazing wall hangings, centuries old heraldry, swords and shields the special night unfolds A mouthwatering menu provided by The newly renovated The Laurelbank hotel with owner and chef Lee Murray of The Agenda - Leven restaurant.  Diners will feast on a five course dinner.           

The evening’s entertainment begins with Clanadonia  challenging the night for a rousing round of ancient music to stir the soul.  Next up, The Sorries enchant with their sweet sound of Scottish folksongs and wonderful sense of humor.

More….

 Suddenly a ghost appears, Wait. Is that Robert Burns?  Yes, Donald Kay AKA, Robert Burns will share his songs and poetry for all to appreciate.

Keith James King, Master of Ceremonies’ for the evening will then turn everyone’s attention to the Gael’s Fire special auction featuring a number of wonderful items including a dinner and night at Gleneagles, A dinner at the Royal Scots’ Club, whiskies rare and wonderful, targes and sporrans plus a made to measure kilt, and a complete set of Alexander McCall Smiths “44 SCOTLAND STREET” -each copy autographed -go up for the highest bid..  And that’s just the beginning. 

The second half of the evening is even more romantic when a rare and wonderful tenor voice breaks the silence as Gari Glaysher surprises and charms the guests with his amazing voice.  Gari Glaysher is well known in the U.K for his cross over tenor voice and to those who have seen him starring in West Side Story.   The evening ends with a reprise of entertainers for a sing along of Auld Lang Syne and Scotland the Brave.  As guests descend the stairs from the Great Hall, it is back to the future or at least the present, invigorated by a night that sings of Scotland, her past, her present and her future and knowing that they have contributed to a wonderful cause.

Gael’s Fire is sponsored by the RT Burns Club, the largest Burns Club in the world, whose charitable works have benefited such charities as the Robert Burns Museum, Breakthrough Breast Cancer Edinburgh Research Unit and more.

Funds raised at Gael’s Fire will go to the Tay Rail Bridge Memorial Trust Fund to build a monument for the victims of that awful night when 59 souls perished in one of the worst disasters ever to hit Scotland. The Tay Rail Bridge Memorial Trust is  registered Scottish charity.

Tickets are available on line. For more information and tickets go to http://www.rtburnsclub.com/

 

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NOTE TO PRESS MEDIA. Images are available at http://www.rtburnsclub.com/  as well as a short video promo. Interviews may be arranged if desired.

Visits for press to Balgonie Castle and interviews with Raymond and Stuart Morris of Balgonie may be arranged by contacting Anne Macpherson. dameannemac@gmail.com or call in the United States 518 851 9670

*This event is to benefit registered Scottish Charity No. SC041996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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               GET A TASTE OF 18TH CENTURY SCOTLAND

Singer, Song writer Mike Ogletree performs at Pient o Grwr Chatham, NY: 

Through songs, poems and tales from the Scottish Age of Enlightenment, Scottish singer Mike Ogletree will create a unique experience at the Pient O Gwrw in Chatham on Thursday, September 2nd at 7:30 P.M.  From the noble egalitarianism of “A

 Mans A Man” to the ghosts and goblins in “Tam O’Shanter” Mike will perform classic Scottish folk tunes and stories with a twist. 

A founding member of the British band, Simple Minds, Mike is a one man show and is well known on the New York City folk scene.  His world-beat, R & B, reggae style takes the great tunes of Scotland and transforms them to a whole new dimension. From “Green Grow the Rushes O” to “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose”, Mike’s unique take on some of the best loved songs of Scotland is like nothing you have ever heard before.

Ogletree is an African-American-Scotsman born in 1956, he was the first Black/American born in Scotland. He grew up in Ayrshire, home to such legends as Robert Burns, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

Mike’s first CD, inspired by Burns is a unique blend of world/rock/reggae music “wi an’ auld” Scotch reggabilly feel; sung in the dialect of his home shire in Scotland.

 Thanks to Scotland’s national Bard, Robert Burns, Mike has created his newest C.D. Immortal Memory. The CD imparts the simple wisdom of “To a mouse”, the famous “Auld Lang Syne,” and the longing for home in “My Hearts in the Highlands”-made famous by Bob Dylan.   Robert Burns is brought into the 21st

Century as Mike represents the Bard’s life in a performance that is engaging, entertaining and enlightening.

Known as the plowman poet, Burns rose to fame during one of the most challenging and formative periods of modern history. His poems speak the universal language of brother and sisterhood, love, equality and freedom for all- The Scottish Dream.  Even though Burns was born over 250 years ago, his words and music ring true today.

Admission is free and this show is not to be missed by anyone who loves Scotland and her music and poems.

For more information call the Pient O Grwr at 518 392 2337

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        24th July 2010 Press Release By Anne Macpherson

               

                     A WOMAN’S A WOMAN FOR A THAT

                          R. T. Burns Club Makes Donation to

            Breakthrough Breast Cancer Edinburgh Research Unit

 If ever a man loved women it was Robert Burns.  Now the R.T. Burns Club, probably one of the most unique internet Burns club in the world, wants to share the love.  On August 16th Pamela Walker

 of Breakthrough Breast Cancer  will accept a cheque from the Bard himself.  “If Robert Burns were alive today, he would be in the forefront of the fight against breast cancer.  Our donation will help the over 4,000 Scottish women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year,” explains Reg Tait, CEO of the R. T. Burns Club.

 The R.T. Burns Club and All Things Scotland was founded by Rosemarie Rounce-Rigou and Alexandria Horyski on January 25th,

 2007.  The Club was launched on the internet just six months ago and quickly became the largest Burns Club in the world.  It is devoted to preserving the “Immortal Memory” of Robert Burns and the cultural heritage of Scotland. The R.T. Burns Club also presents concerts and other fund raising events for charities such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The cheque will be presented by actor Donald Kay as Robert Burns and Reg Tait at the Burns Cottage in Alloway at 10: oo A. M. on the 16th of August.  “Nothing could be more compelling than to love a

woman,” says Kay, “and teaching women how to save their own lives by monthly self examinations is the best form of love.”

“Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a pioneering charity, committed to fighting breast cancer through cutting edge research, campaigning and education.  In 2008 Breakthrough Breast Cancer opened the first and only dedicated breast cancer research unit in Scotland at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, “says Pamela Walker, Fundraiser, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

 

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 “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of the R.T. Burns Club.  This money will go directly towards our research, education and campaigning work in Scotland and will really help us achieve our vision of a future free from the fear of Breast cancer,” she continues.

In addition to the cheque, the R.T. Burns Club will devote the 25th of every month to remind women and men-yes men develop breast cancer as well-to conduct a regular self exam using Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s TLC approach.

TOUCH: your breasts, can you feel anything unusual?

LOOK: for changes, is there any change in shape or texture?

CHECK: anything unusual with your doctor.

Over 1,000 Scottish women die each year from breast cancer and many of their lives could have been saved by a simple self examine.  “Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look like and feel like normally, by doing a frequent check, you will notice anything amiss and then see your doctor,” advises Walker.  “Lumps are vital to look for, but there can be other important signs as well.  Even if you do find a lump, nine out of ten cases turn out not to be cancerous.  So stay calm, see your doctor and take control of your life,” advises Walker.

The Club is also committed to the works and life of Burns.  Not only is Burns a beloved son of Scotland, his works and life are as  relevant today as they were 200 years ago.  The goal of the club is to educate people on Burns’ activities as a fighter for freedom, human rights and free speech. The works of Burns resound through time, a poem about a Wee Mousie or his famous song Auld Lang Syne have messages that have as much meaning today as they did when written.  The R.T. Burns Club features forums, facts and links to many other Burns sites. “We welcome anyone who is interested in Robert Burns and his life to join us either on Facebook or our home site it is so easy to join and its free, says Reg Tait.  The R.T. Burns Club and All Things Scotland is a member of the Robert Burns World Federation #2085.

 For more information on becoming a member of the R.T. Burns Club go to http://www.rtburnsclub.com/ .

For more information on Breakthrough Breast Cancer go tohttp://www.breakthrough.org.uk/  or call Pamela Walker at 0131 226 0765

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Thank you to the website aboutmyarea for posting this nice article on the event.

http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/site/content.asp?area=265&story=173566

 

 

Ayrshire Burns Club Makes Breast Cancer Donation

Published: 26th August 2010 12:10

 "If Robert Burns were alive today, he would be in the forefront of the fight against breast cancer.  Our donation will help the over 4,000 Scottish women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year," Reg Tait, CEO R. T. Burns ClubThe R.T. Burns Club recently presented a cheque to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The R.T. Burns Club and All Things Scotland was founded by Rosemarie Rounce-Rigou and Alexandria Horyski on January 25th

 2007.  The Club was launched on the internet just six months ago

 and quickly became the largest Burns Club in the world.  It is

devoted to preserving the "Immortal Memory" of Robert Burns and the cultural heritage of Scotland. The R.T. Burns Club also presents concerts and other fund raising events for charities such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

presentationPamela Walker of Breakthrough Breast Cancer,
receiving cheque from Reg Tait and the Bard
himself! (Donald Kaye)

 "Nothing could be more compelling than to love a woman," says Kay, "and teaching women how to save their own lives by monthly self examinations is the best form of love."

"Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a pioneering charity, committed to fighting breast cancer through cutting edge research, campaigning and education.  In 2008, Breakthrough Breast Cancer opened the first and only dedicated breast cancer research unit in Scotland at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, "says Pamela Walker, Fundraiser, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

"We are absolutely delighted to have the support of the R.T. Burns Club.  This money will go directly towards our research, education and campaigning work in Scotland and will really help us achieve our vision of a future free from the fear of breast cancer," she continues.

For more information on becoming a member of the R.T. Burns Club, please visit the Club's website.   .

For more information on Breakthrough Breast Cancer, go to their website or call Pamela Walker at 0131 226 0765

 

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