The Scots Musical Museum, the great song survey comprised of 600 popular songs—the forerunner of the Child Ballads collection of the late 19th century and the work of the Lomax family in the 20th century—was begun in 1787 at the end of the “Scottish Enlightenment.” While this concert of selections will at times feature a modern “trad” aesthetic, with the participation of some of Montreal’s finest Celtic musicians—David Gossage and Kate Bevan-Baker, along with Nils Brown, singing with guitar — The historical Kirkmann 1772 harpsichord at Chapel du Bon-Pasteur, very similar to the Kirkmann instrument at St. Cecelia’s Hall (Edinburgh) used during the Scottish Enlightenment period, will be heard in this performance. We will also present one of Canada’s most successful and musically adventurous sopranos, Donna Brown, in this unique and beautiful song repertoire.
Post-concert, we will convene to Pub I’Ile Noire (1649 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal) for a presentation by Ronnie O’Byrne on the subject of music in Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment, as well as a recitation of the epic comic poem, Tam O’Shanter, by Robert Burns, among others. Free entrance. Please join us!