2013-04-12 / News

A Wee Bit of Scotland comes to The Richland Library

By Ceille Baird Welch


Ceille Welch (r), poet and playwright, with Palmetto Scottish Country Dancers, Sara Ruhlman and Bill McCullough. All are part of A Wee Bit of Scotland at The Richland Library, April 21 at 3 p.m. 
Photo by Jim Welch Ceille Welch (r), poet and playwright, with Palmetto Scottish Country Dancers, Sara Ruhlman and Bill McCullough. All are part of A Wee Bit of Scotland at The Richland Library, April 21 at 3 p.m. Photo by Jim Welch As literary residents of the Richland Library, Jim Welch and Ceille Baird Welch are hosting a Ceilidh, (pronounced kaylee) a celebration of Scotland, its culture, customs, and traditions.

The hour long program at Richland Library, Main, 1431 Assembly Street, will offer a taste of Scottish music, dance, stories and verse and will feature such notables as linguist and bard, Ron Beaton and musicians Richard McLeod, Dan Orta, and Doug McDonald.

There will be demonstrations by the Scottish Country Dancers under the direction of Bill McCullough. And there will be a message from Ed Farley, president of the Robert Burns Society of the Midlands.

In preparation for the occasion set for April 21 at 3:00, Jim Welch is polishing his favorites, “Loch Lomond” and “Annie Laurie” ( and remember that hilarious “Barrel Song”?) while Ceille Baird Welch is in the throes of a new poem, “Gilfillan’s Ghaist,” a story told to her in the voice of a wee and mischievous Vermont lad, his tongue twisted by the ghost of a Scottish schoolmaster into words he “cannae” pronounce.

The program is free to the public.

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