If Rabbie Burns was to organize his own special Piping Hot Burns parties the emphasis would always be on good old-fashioned fun and frolics.
Nowadays, however, Burns Nights across the country, traditionally a part of every organisation’s annual programme, have become just another date on the calendar with what once was poetry in motion coming more often to a grinding halt.
But now Britain’s most popular after dinner speaker Les Peters and World Champion Piper Kevin McLean have come together to provide the complete Piping Hot Supper service from the Toast to the Haggis to Auld Lang Syne, with the emphasis firmly back on absolute entertainment.
Piping Hot take all the hassle away from the organisers, making the guaranteed success of the celebrations more ode than oh-dear. The talents of laugh-a-minute Les Peters and World Champion piper Kevin McLean provide a welcome to your guests, the famous Selkirk Grace, the Toast to the Haggis, the Immortal Memory (the importance of Burns past and present), and the Toast to the Lassies.
Piping Hot Burns Les Peters
Kevin Mclean is a world champion piper. He started playing at the age of 11 and joined the Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band in 1994. In 2001 the band won the World Championships in Glasgow and continue to be at the forefront of Scottish and World piping. He has performed on the Great Wall during a series of sell-out concerts in China and has played live on Asian Television to more than 80 million viewers.
He has starred at the famous L’Orient Interceltique Festival in France, twice and at the 50th Edinburgh Military Tattoo as a guest of the Argyll and Southern Highlanders. He has performed for HM The Queen at Balmoral and in front of a whole host of stars and celebrities from the world of sport and screen at venues including The Gleneagles Hotel. Kevin enjoys nothing more than to combine his love for music with his love of Burns and is always delighted to show why he is in such demand all over the world.
Laugh A Minute Les
Laugh-a-minute Les Peters is one of the country’s busiest after dinner entertainers. Being in great demand on the circuit all over Britain and beyond – he has performed as far afield as Canada, America, Italy and Amsterdam – Les says modestly that he may not be the best in the world, but he is certainly in the top one!
Les spoke at the Captain’s Dinner at Uphall Golf Club near Edinburgh on 17 consecutive occasions and Grace Neill’s, Ireland’s oldest pub, have just rebooked him for a third successive Burns Night. The famous Royal Jersey Golf Club say that he made their annual event the “best-ever” and many other similarly special social events have also enjoyed his highly-honed speaking skills.
But whatever the event, Les tailors his speech to match the importance of the occasion leaving no turn unstoned. This is the man who claims he once even received a standing ovation before he started – mind you, he was speaking at the Pile and Haemorrhoid Society Dinner! And Les is always particularly delighted to entertain with his unique blend of stories and humour in honour of Scotland’s national bard – Rabbie Burns providing advice on menu and other activities, many of which can be used to offset the cost of the evening.
“We know a man called Mr Lang, he has a bright new sign
But Mr Lang is very old, so we’ll call it Auld Lang’s Syne.
Piping Hot Burns – for those not a-verse to having a good time.”
Les Peters Feedback
Banchory Golf Club: Piping Hot set our Burns Night on fire!
Freight Transport Association: “Les Peters in the driving force behind the success of our events.”
Uphall Golf Club (after 17 consecutive dinners): “Always our first phone call. No function is complete without Les.”
John Conteh, Former Boxing World Champion: “Knockout!”
Royal Jersey Golf Club: “Sore sides with laughing at Les are simply par for the course. He made it our best dinner ever!”
The Sportsman’s Charity: “Absolutely brilliant!”
Sir Geoff Hurst, 1966 World Cup Hat-trick Hero: “Les kicks the opposition into touch.”
Burntisland Round Table: “So good we immediately booked him for our next Charter Dinner – five years in advance!”
Carnoustie Rugby Club: “Les converted a “trying” experience into an absolute ball.”
The Royal Bank of Scotland: “There’s no accounting for just how good Les is. Simply superb!”
Effingham Golf Club: “Les exceeded all our expectations.”
Stena Line: “Made our dinner plain sailing all the way in Sorrento, Italy.”
Grace Neill’s (Ireland’s oldest pub): We want the funniest so we always book Les – to be sure!