Seattle's Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner will feature Lion Dance, Asian Youth Orchestra and Northwest Junior Pipe Band

This year's Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year dinner has sold out at over 300 people!
Bagpiper Joe McDonald and myself are going down to give the Seattle folks our double powered duet version of “The Haggis Rap.”  Apparently everybody loved the rap version of Robbie Burns' immortal poem “Address to a Haggis” that they were asking the organizers if I was going to be back.  Well, I am. And it's going to be even more powerful this year, especially since Joe and I performed it on Robbie Burns Day for CBC Newsworld on national television.


From the 2007 Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner:  Toddish McWong meets
Seattle “Gung Haggis” couple Rory Denovan and Becca Fong.  Rory is
Scottish-American and Becca is Chinese-American… and they are a
lovely couple! – photo courtesy of Becca Fong.

Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy II

Ocean City Restaurant Noodle Cafe

609 S. Weller St.

Seattle, WA 98104

Maps & directions

Sunday, February 24: 5-9 p.m.

The Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner is organized by Bill McFadden of the The Caledonian & St. Andrew's Society of Seattle.  Bill has now attended 2 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners in Vancouver.  He completely loves it.  This year we introduced him to the Vancouver crowd and they gave him a big ovation.  Read my article about last year's Seattle Gung Haggis dinner here:
The Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner is a fundraiser for the Seattle area Northwest Junior Pipe band who are raising funds in a bid to attend the World Championships in 2008.  Read about their experience at last year's Gung Haggis Fat Choy Seattle dinner on the

It's going to be a crazy night with both the Northwest Junior Pipe Band performing AND the Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra.  Last year featured a young Chinese girl with her brother performing on their traditional Chinese instruments.  This year they are bringing the whole orchestra with them.

Lensey Namioka is a Seattle author, whose book I discovered at the Vancouver Public Library.  Half and Half is about a girl growing up with Scottish-Canadian grandparents in Vancouver, and a Chinese-American grandmother in Seattle.  Yup – this girl is Chinese-Scottish-Canadian-American, and she's going through an identity crisis.  I invited Lensey to the Vancouver Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in 2006, and in 2007 she was our featured author.

Half and Half


from Vancouver – Todd Wong & Joe McDonald

From Seattle

Red McWilliams, “America's Celt”

Master David Leong's Martial Arts & Lion
Dance School

Northwest Junior Pipe Band

Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra

Susan Burk

Don Scobie

Ben Rudd

Lensey Namioka

Melody Dance Group

2 thoughts on “Seattle's Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner will feature Lion Dance, Asian Youth Orchestra and Northwest Junior Pipe Band

  1. Anonymous

    Click on the “Half and Half” picture and it will take you to:
    I don't know if there were any posters made up, but you can always purchase the “Half and Half” book.
    I am very lucky, because author Lensey Namioka gifted me with a hard cover copy of the book when I invited her to come as our featured literary guest to our 2007 dinner.


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