|Report and photos - Jim Paterson|
Abbie Stenhouse, Tom Mullins, Rio Brady
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.
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.
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'
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
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 eveningAfter
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.
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
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
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.