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Nae Ordinary Burns Supper welcomes Hollywood headliner Alan Cumming

By Kirsty Brown

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Hollywood and Broadway star Alan Cumming brings some Hollywood sparkle to this year’s Nae Ordinary Burns Supper - the annual fundraiser hosted by singer and producer Fiona Kennedy which has generated over £400,000 for charity in the past decade.

The January 25 bash takes place online this year, with guests and entertainers joining from dinner tables across the world.

From her fireside in Aberdeenshire, from where she’s hosted nearly a hundred weekly Kitchen Concerts since lockdown in 2020, Fiona Kennedy will anchor proceedings.

This celebration of the Bard’s birthday like no other will feature sensational music from leading Scottish performers, poetry from world-acclaimed actors, many of the essentials of any good Burns Night but none of the boring bits!

Kilted Chef Craig Wilson, who has travelled the world as an ambassador for Scotland’s larder and cooked for legends like Sean Connery and Alex Ferguson, will whip up some mouthwatering recipes.

Three wonderful charity partners will benefit from this year’s event - VSA, Camhill Scotland and the University of Aberdeen Development Trust.

Tickets are available online at naeordinaryburnssupper.eventbrite.co.uk at £10 per household.

Nae Ordinary Burns Supper premieres on Burns Night at 7.30pm and will be available to view online thereafter.

Fiona Kennedy. Image courtesy of Laurence Winram
Fiona Kennedy. Image courtesy of Laurence Winram

Nae Ordinary Burns Supper will feature:

  • Hollywood and Broadway star Alan Cumming
  • Award-winning actor and director John Bett
  • Superb BBC broadcaster Mark Stephen
  • Sublime fiddle player Paul Anderson
  • Champion bothy ballad singer Shona Donaldson
  • BAFTA Award-winner Sophie Kennedy Clark
  • Musician and songwriter Nils Elders
  • Fabulous Frank Thomson on accordion
  • Brilliant Neil Birse on keyboard and percussion
  • Francis Clark aka ‘the golfer’ addressing the haggis!
  • The sensational University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir conducted by Sam Paul
  • Bagpiper extraordinaire Fergus Mutch
  • and Kilted Chef Craig Wilson

Commenting, Fiona Kennedy said: “We’re really excited to be taking Nae Ordinary Burns Supper online this year!

“I’ve roped in some of my best and dearest friends to celebrate from Aberdeenshire to New York — joining me in song, drama, poetry and music beamed from my kitchen table to yours.

“And although restrictions mean it’s Bring Your Own Haggis, ‘nae ordinary’ times shouldn’t mean we can’t tak a cup o kindness and toast the immortal memory of Robert Burns with friends near and far.

“This will be Burns Night like no other.”

Head of alumni relations and regular giving at the University of Aberdeen Katrina Allan said: “I am delighted that the University of Aberdeen Development Trust is once again among the beneficiaries of Fiona Kennedy’s wonderful Nae Ordinary Burns Supper and that the University’s fantastic Chamber Choir is set to feature in the event.

“The support that the Chamber Choir has received over the years thanks to the Nae Ordinary Burns Supper is deeply appreciated and we look forward to a stellar evening of entertainment on Burns Night.”

Kilted Chef Craig Wilson commented: “Nae Ordinary Burns Supper is the perfect way to raise a toast to the memory of Rabbie Burns.

“No celebration would be complete without good Scottish food and I will be sharing some Burns inspired recipes — with a twist — using local ingredients from Aberdeenshire.”

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