Celebrating the 249th Birthday of Robert Burns

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

Today’s 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 once again features several 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. This year’s featured artists: Eddi Reader and James Malcolm.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Jack Evans et al, “My Heart’s In The Highlands/Mist-Covered Mountains”, A Highland Journey, Greentrax

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

  • Dougie Maclean, “Scot’s Wha Hae”, Tribute, Dunkeld

  • Brian McNeill, “My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose”, The Clear Stream, Greentrax


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

  • Ceolbeg, “A’ The Airts”, Celtic Collections/Vol. 2, Greentrax


  • Eddi Reader, “Ye Jacobites”, Sings The Songs Of Robert Burns, Compass

  • Eddi Reader, “Aye Waukin’ O”, “Ye Banks And Braes O’ Bonnie Doon”, “Leezie Lindsay”, Peacetime, Compass

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


  • Battlefield Band, “Medley w/ The Dark Boy Mr. Darling”, Dookin’, Temple

  • Old Blind Dogs, “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”, Play Live, Green Linnet


  • Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre, “John Barleycorn”, White Wings, Greentrax

  • Battlefield Band, “My Luv’s Like A Red Red Rose”, Dookin’, Temple


  • James Malcolm, “The Shepherd’s Wife”, “The Small Birds Rejoice”, Complete Songs Of Robert Burns/Vol. 4, Linn Records

  • James Malcolm, “Caledonia”, “There Grows A Bonie Brier-Bush”, Complete Songs Of Robert Burns/Vol. 5, Linn Records


  • Tony Cuffe, “Sweet Afton”, Complete Songs Of Robert Burns/Vol. 1, Linn Records

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

  • Alasdair Fraser/Natalie Haas/Muriel Johnstone, “Goodnight And Joy Be W’ Ye A’”, Legacy Of The Scottish Fiddle/Vol. 2, Culburnie