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At the meeting of the Auckland Burns Club held on Friday evening in St. George's Hall, Newton, in celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland's national bard, Mr James Stewart,vice-presidentof the Club, presided. At the concert in the early part of the tTi%-'ng a large number of the "auld Sou-oh sangs " were contributed by those presenb, and a couple of hours were pleasantly passed in listening to familiar Scottish melody. Mr Simon Fraser, the Club's piper, opened with a " blaw " on the pipes. The following items were then contributed : —Song, " A Man's a Man for a' That," Mr Campbell; dance, Highland Fling, Masters Fraser ; song, " A Highland Lad my Love was Born," Miss Barron; song, "Duncan Grey," Mr Armstrong; duet, "The Crooked Bawbee," Mrs Murchie and Mr Campbell; song, " Robin Adair," Mrs Wright; piano selections, "Scotch Airs,"Mii.sAdams;song, "The Bonnie Brier Bush," Miss Moncur ; dance, Sheantreause, Miss E. Cbeyne; song, " Corn Riggs are Bonnie," Mr Campbell ; recitation, " Mary Queen of Scots," Mrs Murchie ; song, "My Love was Like the Red, Red Rose," Mrs Wright; sword dance, Master W. Fraser ; duet, "Huntingtower," Mrs Wright and Mr Armstrong ; clarionet solo, Mr West; dance, Highland fling, Miss Garrett. Mr Simon Fraser played the bagpipe music for the national dances. A feature in the programme was the singing of a Gaelic love song, by a "hale aukl raon "oi 88 years, Mr McLeod. At eleven o'clock the haggis was placed on a table at the head of the hall, and after Mr Stewart recited Burns' "Address to a Haggis," it was " preed," and pronounced the best they bad ever had. A few hours' dancing wa3 held after supper. At midnight the company sang in full chorus " There Was a Lad Was Born in Kyle," The piano accompaniments were well rendered by Miss Adams, the music for dancing braing in the hands of Messrs Davidson and Reed.

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BURNS'S ANNIVERSARY., Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 22, 27 January 1890

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BURNS'S ANNIVERSARY. Auckland Star, Volume XXI, Issue 22, 27 January 1890