Uncle Moon Hosts Auld Lang Syne:
Scottish Music Of Robert Burns

January 6, 2002
The Club

Uncle Moon: Trey Kay, Carl Riehl, Fritz Van Orden, Doug Largent & Robin Casey
and guests: Brian Dewan, Froot Basket, Rita Crisafi and Irena Jaroszewki, Silvie Jensen, Thomas Keith, Rob Meador, Todd Stuart Phillips, Linda Russell, Henry Tenney and Jane Young

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 folk music.

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

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