Frank Taylor, The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman lands in Woodstock for Robbie Burns Day
by Devon Judge, January 2002 . Courtesy of the Woodstock Bugle
WOODSTOCK - The Scottish lineage of the Town of Woodstock was brought to the forefront on Friday, Jan. 25, during a celebration of Scotland's heritage at the Woodstock High School Theatre.
The Flying Scotsman, Frank Taylor, highlighted the evening event which celebrated Robbie Burns Day and paid special tribute to the memory of the late Alistair Cameron.
Everyone was piped into the theatre from the snowy environment outside by 12-year-old Megan Seymour and welcomed to the event in Gaelic by Bernie MacInnis, who touted his Scottish background on stage.
The evening continued with a reading by Helen Marsten, who shared a chapter from one of Cameron's books in which he recalled a Robbie Burns Day celebration in Scotland many years back. Cameron's widow, Ruth, and daughter Mary Palmer presented a signed book of Cameron's to the evening's main performers, Taylor and his wife Jane.
The Taylors showed their appreciation through an incredible two-hour display of their musical talents. The skillful guitar playing and energetic stage show by the Flying Scotsman, a native of Mactaquac, mixed with the gentle beat of the Bodhran (Irish Drum), played by Jane, made for an exciting atmosphere. Those in attendance took in the wonderful mix of Scottish, Celtic, Irish, Maritime and Traditional music presented to them by the Scottish husband and Irish wife team.
The two performed songs remembered fondly by some, while teaching the crowd some of the Flying Scotsman's own compositions.
"The crowd was universally pleased with the performance," stated OnStage Co-chairman Richard Blaquiere. "All of the feedback was positive. I was pleased with the element of culture presented."
Celebrating Robbie Burns Day
The Flying Scotsman Frank Taylor and his wife Jane lit up the Woodstock High School Theatre Friday evening, Jan. 25, in a grand celebration of Robbie Burns Day, which included a tribute to the late Alistair Cameron.
The Taylors kept toes tapping with Scottish, Celtic, Irish, Maritime and Traditional musical favorites and original compositions.