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A tribute to Robert Burns

Ashland musician Brian Freeman loves all things Scottish. This is expressed not only through his music but also in his speech which carries more than a hint of Scottish brogue. Freeman will present his 10th annual Evening of Scottish Music to celebrate the birthday of poet and songwriter Robert Burns.

During Burns' 37 years of life, his accomplished works included "Auld Lang Syne" and the mock-heroic "Tam O'Shanter." Burns' work celebrated love, friendship, work and drinking with humor and sympathy for the working class.

This year's celebration is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The concert will highlight one of Burn's favorite subjects, women. Many of his songs were written from a woman's point of view, writing with a sympathetic heart of their trials of loves won and lost and complicated by unwanted parental arrangements.

Freeman has performed Scottish folk music for the better part of 30 years at concerts, Highland games and clubs in the U.S. and Scotland.

Freeman — on guitar, octave mandolin and vocals — will be joined by singers Michaela Brynn and Sarah Gerbing.

Brynn is an alto and plays bagpipes, and Gerbing is a soprano and plays harp.

Fiddler, mandolin player and back-up singer Crystal Reeves will join the players. A longtime member of bluegrass group Siskiyou Summit, Reeves is versed in many styles from classical to Celtic music.

Pre-show music will be provided by Kathleen Page on harp and Tish McFadden on flute. The duo will play traditional Scottish tunes.

Tickets cost $15, $5 for ages 11 and younger, and can be purchased at Music Coop, at the door or by calling 541-482-1915.

Brian Freeman