Preserving Scottish Heritage

For Future Generations

A Celtic Christmas Concert

Celtic Christmas Concert

The Scottish Society of Mobile is proud to present "A Celtic Christmas Concert" featuring:
Ed Miller, of Edinburgh, Scotland, with Jil Chambless and Don Penzien.

The concert will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary on Dec. 20, 2014 at 6:30 PM. $15 (suggested donation) at the door.

Celtic Christmas ConcertA native of Edinburgh, Ed Miller first came to the USA for “a year or so” to do graduate work at the University of Texas. Now, over 40 years later, he is still based in Austin and travels throughout North America entertaining and educating audiences with his wonderful songs and droll stories. Although he did gain a PhD in Folklore from UT, he has moved from university life to being a fulltime performer. Over the past 25 years, he has established himself as one of Scotland’s finest singing exports, and is in great demand to perform at concerts, folk clubs, coffeehouses, Celtic festivals, Burns Suppers and Highland Games all over the country. In addition, he also comes to North Carolina each summer to teach classes on Scottish folksong at the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week at Warren Wilson College. In recent years, he has expanded his activities into leading Folksong Tours to Scotland to meet the singers and hear the songs “on location.” Reviews of Miller’s performances often use words such as “flawless,” “compelling,” or “refreshing,” while his voice has been described as being “as smooth and satisfying as a really good single malt whisky.” He has 9 CDs to his credit, the most recent of which is the brand new “Come awa wi Me.” His earlier “Lyrics of Gold,” a collection of Burns songs, was featured in Sing Out magazine as one of the four best Robert Burns CD’s of recent times.

Founding member of the powerhouse Irish traditional band Legacy, Don Penzien has long been a top-flight regional performer of traditional Irish music. Don’s dexterous work on dadgad guitar provides not only solid, driving rhythms, but also perceptive and sensitive accompaniments to songs and airs. Don has performed at countless festivals, concerts, ceilis, pubs, and special events all over the US and in Ireland with Legacy, Captain Mackey’s Goatskin and String Band, and The Mairtin deCogain Project, and is part of the new supergroup, The Pure Drop (featuring Brian Conway, Mairtin deCogain, and John Whelan). Don has frequently conducted instructional workshops on dadgad guitar. Don has completed 4 recording projects with Legacy, including an “Irish Christmas” with Ballyvourney, County Cork native Jim Flanagan. Don also is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at Wake Forest University. Don has completed 4 recording projects with Legacy, including an “Irish Christmas” with Ballyvourney, County Cork native Jim Flanagan. Don also is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at Wake Forest University.

Alabama native Jil Chambless has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 20 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, guitarist Scooter Muse, Scottish singer Ed Miller, Scottish fiddler John Taylor, the band Vulcan Eejits!, the Vogt Family Contra Band, The Mairtin deCogain Project, the John Whelan Trio, and the Rob Alley Alabama Songbook Project. Jil has also completed many recording projects, the most recent being a second duo CD with guitarist Scooter Muse, “Passing Tales & Glories”. In December 2009, she released her first solo CD, “The Ladies Go Dancing”, which was produced by Brian McNeill. With Henri’s Notions, Jil completed 6 recording projects. Jil also is a mathematics instructor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

27th Annual Robert Burns' Supper

Robert Burns

Since 1802 Robert Burns Suppers have been held by loyal Scots all over the world.

This is the 214th annual celebration of Robert Burns' life.

The Scottish Society of Mobile Invites you to attend our 27th Annual Robert Burns Supper.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Location: Mobile Marriott
                 3101 Airport Blvd.
                 Mobile, AL 36606

Doors open at 5:30pm with the seating of The Company at 6:30pm

The evening includes; fine dining, live Celtic music, dancing, and a raffle with proceeds going to support the Alabama State Tartan fund.

Prepaid reservations are required By January 9, 2015

Semi-formal attire required. Suitable Scottish Attire, or tuxedo, or suit & tie for men.

Suitable dresses for women.

Tickets are $50.00 for members and $60.00 for non-members. (No price increase!)

Robert Burns Dinner

Make checks payable to:

Scottish Society of Mobile
P.O. Box 161371
Mobile, AL 36616

For more information Contact:

Kenneth Macdonald: 251-4473-6990 or

Sr. Mary Margaret Lynn Ellis: 251-767-0666 or

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