Celebrating the 245th Birthday of Robert Burns

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This annual show marks the anniversary of the birth on Jan. 25, 1759 in Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland of Robert Burns — “Caledonia’s Bard,” the “ploughman’s poet” and, as Scottish musicologist Francis Collinson describes him, “the greatest compiler, restorer and editor of all” and the man “who changed the whole face of Scottish music.”

This year’s program featured many new recordings of Burns’ composed songs and those he captured, restored and saved — testimony that his legacy continues without wane as its embraced by still yet another generation of musicians.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • The McCalmans, “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”, Celtic Collections/Vol. 2, Greentrax


  • Battlefield Band, “Rantin’ Rovin’ Robin”, Stand Easy& Preview, Temple

  • Dougie MacLean, “Scots Wha Hae”, Tribute, Dunkeld

  • Black Eyed Biddy, “Ae Fond Kiss”, Celtic Collections/Vol. 2, Greentrax

  • Tony McManus, “Ye Banks And Braes”, Ceol More, Compass


  • Ian F. Benzie, “The Wintry Wind Extends Its Blast”, Robert Burns: The Complete Songs/Vol. 1, Linn

  • Billy Ross, “The Winter Is Past”, Robert Burns: The Complete Songs/Vol. 1, Linn

  • Deaf Shepherd, “Winter O’ Life”, Synergy, Greentrax


  • Tannahill Weavers, “Lassie Wi’ The Lint White Locks”, “Up In The Mornin’s No For Me”, Arnish Light, Green Linnet

  • Bruce Davies, “Ye Jacobites By Name/Miss Fiona Kenneth”, “Parcel Of Rogues”, Songs We Used To Sing, Rothes Recordings


  • Kim Robertson, “My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose”, Searching For Lambs, Gourd

  • Bruce Davies, “Mary Morison”, Songs We Used To Sing, Rothes Recordings

  • Kim Robertson, “I’m A Doun For Lack O’ Johnnie”, Searching For Lambs, Gourd


  • Smithfield Fair, “Ye Banks And Braes/There Was A Lad”, “Green Grow The Rashes”, Ae Fond Kiss/O’ A’ The Airts”, “Auld Lang Syne/Grace After Meat”, Burns Night Out!, Stevenson Productions


  • Eddi Reader, “Charlie Is My Darling”, “ John Anderson My Jo”, Sings Songs Of Robert Burns, Compass

  • Celtica Salsa, “Auld Lang Syne”, El Agua De La Vida, Greentrax G2


  • Jock Tamson’s Bairns, “Brave Lewie Roy/Wantoness”, Sampler, Temple

  • Dougie MacLean, “Ca’ The Yowes”, Tribute, Dunkeld

  • Alasdair Fraser & Jody Stecher, “The Lea Rig”, The Driven Bow, Culburnie