First broadcast January 23, 2009

Celebrating the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns falls on Jan. 25. Burns, born in Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1759, is known as Caledonia’s Bard and the “ploughman’s poet”. And he justly earned both of those titles. In addition, we like to commemorate his being, aptly described by Scottish musicologist Francis Collinson, “the greatest compiler, restorer editors of all” and the man “who changed the whole face of Scottish music.” There are events all throughout this year in Scotland and the United Kingdom that will honor Burns and during the show we highlighted some of these.

This program also celebrated another anniversary — it’s the 40th year of the Battlefield Band’s founding. Through many personnel configurations, the music joyfully continues on.

The show also features a brand new album of Burns’ songs by Scottish ex-pat Ed Miller from Austin, Texas.

  • 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, “Scots Wha Hae”, Tribute, Dunkeld

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  • Andy M. Stewart, “Green Grow The Rushes O”, Songs Of Robert Burns, Green Linnet

  • Karan Casey, “Ae Fond Kiss”, Ships In The Forest, Compass

  • Sangsters, “The Lea Rig”, Songs Of Robert Burns/Celtic Collection - Vol. 2, Greentrax

  • Ceolbeg, “My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose/The Mermaid”, Songs Of Robert Burns/Celtic Collection - Vol. 2, Greentrax

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  • Ed Miller, “Braw Lads O’ Gala Water”, “Hey Ca Thro”, “Auld Lang Syne”, Lyrics Of Gold, Wellfield

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  • Ed Miller, “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”, Live At Oatlands, Barnaby Productions

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

  • Ed Miller, “MacPherson’s Farewell”, Lyrics Of Gold, Wellfield

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

  • Battlefield Band, “The Slave’s Lament”, “To A Mouse”, The Road Of Tears, Temple

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

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  • Dougie Maclean, “Ca The Yowes”, Tribute, Dunkeld

  • Ceilidh Minogue, “Medley with My Love’s Like A Red Red Rose”, Ceilidh Minogue, Greentrax