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"Burns Wha Hae" already in Flensburg (4 Dec 2008)

Gerhard Braas (our archivist of the Dubliners) reports from the North German border town:

On January 25th the Dubliners will appear on British soil for one single concert. This will be their special contribution to the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns which is exactly at this date. Burns became world famous with his song "Auld Lang Syne" which is frequently sung at Hogmany. The fans of the Dubliners which will have the luck to join this extraordinary concert in Ayr could look forward for some remarkable treat. As a surprise and foretaste of the coming gig in Scotland Seán Cannon sang a Burns song live on stage in Flensburg at the end of the German tour. He could be taken by mistake as a native Scottish laddie celebrating Ye Banks And Braes O' Bonnie Doon. Decades have passed since we have heard any Burns songs by the Dubliners for the last time - it was Luke Kelly with "Parcel Of Rogues" and "Dainty Davey". Seán revealed backstage with a smile that the Dubliners wanted to try "Ye Banks And Braes" for one time in public before the gig in Ayr. It was really a successful rehearsal in Flensburg with a thankful German and Danish audience.

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