|The band UNCLE MOON will host an evening of
Scottish music celebrating the songs of Robert Burns with an eclectic group
of musical guests ranging from folk musicians to kazoo players to a punk
bass soloist—there will be traditional favorites as well as the more
allusive Burns songs that are not heard as often including "The Bonniest
Lass," "Nine Inch Will Please A Lady," and "Wha’ll
Mowe Me Now?" The contemporary interpretations of Burns songs created
by these musicians have gained a large following in New York City and not
just by those of Scottish descent.Uncle Moon is Trey Kay, Carl Riehl, Fritz
Van Orden, Robin Casey and Doug Largent. They perform everything from Jaingo
Reinhardt to Cole Porter with a swinging sound mix of jazz and Appalachian
folk and have played at venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn including
CBGB’s and The Mercury Lounge. Members of Uncle Moon have also performed
with The Ordenaires and The Cheese Beads.
Linda Russell has been a professional folk musician in New York City
for nearly 30 years. She plays the hammed dulcimer and lap dulcimer and
is a specialist in 18th Century American Music. Her recordings include
cd’s of Stephen Foster’s music, Revolutionary War songs and
several popular Christmas albums.
Brian Dewan plays the auto harp and electric zither. He has been a recording
artist on the BarNone label for several years. He is presently a member
of the innovative Raymond Scott Orchestrette and has played on several
projects with They Might Be Giants.
Froot Basket is Rita Crisafi (formerly of the Humphries) on twelve-string
guitar and Irena Jaroszewski (formerly of Xloty Frick and Frack) plays
the right-handed bass left-hand style. They make beautiful harmonies on
custom-made kazoos, influenced by Eastern European and Middle Eastern
Performers Rob Meador, Todd Stuart Phillips, Henry Tenney, Jane Young
and Thomas Keith come together for these Scottish Music Nights as Auntie
Angus, Uncle Moon’s ugly, but no less talented sister!.
Robert Burns (1759-1796). Scotland’s bard is most famous for his
lyrics to songs such as "Auld Lang Syne," "My Love’s
Like a Red, Red Rose," "Comin’ Thro The Rye," and
"A Man’s A Man." The subjects of Burns’ work include
love and romance, Jacobism, Scottish Nationalism, nature, animals, landscapes,
satires on the church and hypocrisy, drinking, bawdry, the French Revolution,
the American Revolution, slavery and women’s rights. Other well
known poems and songs by Burns include "Tam O’Shanter,"
"Scots Wha Hae," "To A Louse," and "To A Mouse,"
He is beloved by Scots and in the last two-hundred years, Scottish immigrants
have carried his writings to every corner of the globe— editions
of Burns still sell out in Russia, Germany, France, China and Japan. Dinners
on or near Burns’ birthday (January 25th) began in 1801 and are
now celebrated all over the world.
Fritz Van Orden