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Caledonia Swing to play at Burns Night January 21

The Friends of the Scottish Tartans Museum will host its 16th Annual Burns Night Dinner at Tartan Hall, Franklin Presbyterian Church on Jan. 21, with the Calling of the Clans at 5:30. Honoring the 253rd Birthday of national poet Robert Burns, who is credited with preserving Olde Scot music, this event is held all around the world on the closest date to Burns’ birthday, Jan. 25.

A five-course Scottish Dinner along with the traditional haggis tasting will be followed by recitations and a program of all things Scottish. Caledonia Swing will perform Scottish reels, jigs and background Celtic aires during the meal and play for the Scottish Country Dancing that is always part of the celebration.

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The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Jan. 5, with a concert featuring Ric Ledford and Reems Creek Incident.

The 7 p.m. performance by the Buncombe County band will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate.

The Mountain Heritage Center is located on the ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. For more information, call the museum at (828)227-7129.

Blue Ridge and the Holly Springs Baptist Church 60-voice adult choir presented “A Blue Ridge Christmas” last Sunday and Monday night.

Youth and Children’s drama group and choirs were also featured.

Blue Ridge members Kevin Corbin, Kelly Corbin, Neil Moore and Dwight Vinson gave a full concert with favorites like “White Christmas,” “Mary Did You Know,” “Thank God for Kids,” and “Winter Wonderland,” with a little “snow” added for effect.

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The Macon County Schools music departments presented Christmas concerts in the last weeks before the holidays, presenting traditional Christmas tunes like “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Carol of the Bells,” and more contemporary songs like “Christmas Rock,” “Jingle Bell Jam,” and “A Jazzy Band Christmas.”

The Macon Middle School 7th and 8th grade bands performed with the Franklin High School Band along with selections from the high school jazz band. The middle school bands are under the direction of Jennifer Speier and the high school bands are led by Buddy Huckabee.

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