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Guild Scots Night - 23 January

Report and photos - Jim Paterson

Abbie Stenhouse, Tom Mullins, Rio Brady

A great crowd turned out for a Scot's Night of entertainment at St. Mungo's church hall, on Monday 23rd January.  The Guild had put together a special programme with songs from the musicals and the Bard himself Rabbie Burns. Throw in a couple of his poems and we had our very own Burns' night

We opened with the hymn 'Spirit of God unseen as the wind' to the tune of the Skye boat song, with Eileen Marchant on the piano. Compère Agnes Ovenstone then read from the book of Psalms before introducing us to our three singers, Tom Mullins and friends.

Tom was joined by Abbie Stenhouse and Rio Brady, all three having met and graduated at the MGA Academy of performing arts in Edinburgh. Tom is St. Mungo’s member Joyce Hunters’ grandson.

Tom started the evening off with a good old favourite, and well known Rabbie Burns song, 'Red Red Rose'. Already the feet were tapping and the audience singing quietly along.  

Rio Brady then took the floor to sing 'Someone to watch over me' from the 1992 romantic comedy musical 'crazy about you' with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and music by George Gershwin. Largely based on the songwriting team’s 1930 musical, Girl Crazy, the new production won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Tom returned to the stage to sing 'Maria' from the 1957 Jerome Robbins Broadway production of Westside Story. With music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, it was inspired by the William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.

Abbie then took to the floor for a selection of songs, with the audience were really into the swing of things now, so time to remember the 'bard' once again.

Margaret Black took to the floor to present that well known favourite 'Tae a Moose'  which we all remember the opening line “Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie “. Written by Robert Burns in 1785, and was included in the Kilmarnock volume, and according to legend, Burns was ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroyed a mouse's nest, which it needed to survive the winter. In fact, Burns's brother claimed that the poet composed the poem while still holding his plough.

We stopped for tea, coffee, and a selection of cheese and biscuits with home baking. There was also the biggest slice of gateaux to follow. Calories, who cares about calories. Just enjoy yourself. Tom and Abbie told me that they had performed on cruise ships across the oceans, and Rio is going to head for sea soon too. Good sea legs required. Hang on to your cups, it could get choppy ahead!

The audience enjoy the musical evening
After the break we enjoyed another selection of music,  this time from the musical Miss Saigon, based  based on Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. Tom and Abbie played the lead parts.

Time for our second poem of the evening, this time read by Christine Jackson. “The Boy in the Train” by Mary Campbell Smith, is often remembered by the famous lines “For I ken mysel' by the queer-like smell That the next stop's Kirkcaddy!” I should know, I grew up in there with the pungent smell of linseed oil from the many linoleum works in the town.

As we progressed toward the end of the evening Tom, Abbie, and Rio got to the floor to sing a selection from Les Misérables, from the French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862. The musical production has run continuously in London since October 1985 – the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world. The trio sang 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' and 'I dreamed a dream'.

For their finale, Tom, Abbie and Rio led us in the singing of  Burns's 'Auld Lang Syne', written as a poem in 1788. This had the audience joining in before providing a resounding applause for the groups outstanding performance

A great evening from the Guild, who have a wide and varied programme of events planned. visit your church website www.stmungos.freeuk.com/events to see the full calendar.
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838