Media Release: Music legends to launch Homecoming 2009 in Ayrshire

TWO legends of world music have been lined up to appear at Burns Wha Hae – a weekend of events to launch Ayrshire’s contribution to Homecoming 2009.

Jazz guitar supremo, Martin Taylor, will be ‘coming home’ on Saturday, January 24 for a concert at Ayr Town Hall, while globally-renowned Irish folk band, The Dubliners, are set to pack in fans at Troon Concert Hall the following evening, Sunday, January 25, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns.

Organised by South Ayrshire Council as part of the national programme of Homecoming 2009 events, Burns Wha Hae will also feature a number of other arts and entertainment events in and around Burns’ home town of Ayr over the launch weekend.

But the highlights will undoubtedly be the appearances of two of the world’s most-acclaimed musical acts.

An event spokesperson said: “We are delighted to have attracted two such fabulous names in the world of music to provide the highlights for Burns Wha Hae.

“Homecoming 2009 is a wonderful platform for Scotland to showcase all the great things going on in the country and I am sure that Robert Burns – the inspiration for this celebration – would have approved hugely of our choice of artists to kick off the year of events.

“Like Burns did in his day, jazz supremo, Martin Taylor, can take a traditional tune and turn it into something special. And as for the Dubliners, well… Burns, I am certain, would have enjoyed a night carousing in their company. Their bawdy enthusiasm and love of traditional music is something that Burns himself displayed in abundance.”

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