Things to know. Or not....
Pipeline on BBC
Listening to piping records as a kid was something not only I did, but many of my contemporaries did as well. At the time, it was one of the few ways we'd get exposed to good music of pipe bands, and our parents totally encouraged it. I have been told that friends of mine used to march around the dining room table with one person carrying a stick (or toilet plunger) and one kid wearing a tea towel as a cape - mimicking the drum major's mace and the piper's plaids that were so visually interesting to us - and this has been the tradition of many. With the ending of the BBC Pipeline program, it's up to us to continue encouraging ways of sharing the music, be it with YouTube recordings, private recordings and so much more. Just share the inspiration, and be the joy you want to bring!
A band presentation
It always makes shows much more fun when we have the dancers with us. They light up the room and bring the shows alive. We call it The Dancers Delight, and do they ever!
I'm Irish. So I am.
Fun times are coming our way...
Go and ask....
I spend a lot of time thinking of ways to help many people by way of music, charitable means, or just helpful advice. I get a lot of joy out of the success and happiness of others, and I am so happy myself when a plan comes together, and I know what a positive influence the plan will have on others. I will always be this way, and I am so blessed with the friends and family I have. You all inspire me to go big so we can all go together! Make your day great, and I'll do the same!
Here comes Robbie Burns
I have selected 3 poems to read at our upcoming Burns event at a local retirement home. There are many to choose from. What a guy he was!
Burns parties, 2023
Continuing the long running tradition of Burns parties in Ottawa, we are pleased to be sponsoring the 133rd Burns party at Deacon Brodies Pub on Elgin Street. Come along on either day for an evening of fun!
It's better to be kind....
Because your life will be sweeter.
Because your friends will turn to you for help.
Because people will think more of you.
Because it feels good!
Here's to 2023 - a kind year for us all!
We are having a celeidh....
A dear goodbye...
Today I have to help celebrate the life and legacy of my good friend Grete Hale, pictured here on my right in the green dress. Grete and I were friends for decades, and she truly was a community leader and positive force for Ottawa and Canada throughout her long and interesting life. She will be missed, and I will play her tune with pride.
Call your friends. They love ya!
How things change...
This sweet, dear cat came into my life 10 years ago when I rescued her off of Stewart Street. Loving, kind and happy, she has been a wonderful companion of mine since that special day. She passed away last week, and I am heartbroken but happy to have been in her life. I will never forget her. Please go hug your pet for me.
A Royal Welcome
We performed for Her Majesty The Queen and her family on August 17 as part of our annual trip to Scotland and it was amazing. More great things to come because of this opportunity and we are preparing for it every day.
A gift of sweetness.....
I went for a shop today. I found some nice chocolates on sale for a super good price, and I found 3 packages of them. I went to the cash, and the nice guy who checked me out asked if there were any more on the shelves. I told him no, but after I paid for them, I gave him one. He said it made his day. It made mine!
A great celebration.
We put together a wonderful weekend on May 21 and 22 to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We had so many great performances, and many volunteers who came together to make for a great weekend of fun and music. I so appreciate so many great friends and the talents of everyone.
A great weekend ahead...
25 years ago...
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Her Majesty The Queen 25 years ago in Ottawa at Rideau Hall. It was an extraordinary opportunity and we had a great conversation about music and philanthropy. She accepted my gift of red roses, which I have since brought to her on many occasions, and she paid me a lovely compliment which I will cherish forever. Ask me about it sometime...!
We had the party...
I wanted to get everyone together for a terrific combined St. Patrick's Day/Robbie Burns Day. That day is today and I am very happy that so many people have told me they're coming out. The day will be warm and full of music, and I look forward to lots of good memories. Cheers!
A Lovely Note...
The Mayor of Ottawa
It's a great day when you get a card in the mail from the Mayor who recognizes your contribution as an ambassador for our city. I appreciate his words so much.
The Burns week tune
Bethany Bisaillion is a piper living in Ottawa, Canada. She performs, produces shows and loves to help others. Being loud and sometimes in a kilt is a way of life.