First broadcast January 29, 2010

Celebrating the 251st Birthday Of Robert Burns

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This annual show marks the 251st anniversary of the birth on Jan. 25, 1759 of Robert Burns in Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland. He was “Caledonia’s Bard”, “the ploughman’s poet” and, as Scottish musicologist Francis Collinson aptly describes him, “the greatest compiler, restorer and editor of all” and the man “who changed the whole face of Scottish music.”

This show featured a fine new recording of all-Burns material from Jim Malcolm, lead singer for Scotland’s Old Blind Dogs as well as favorite listener selections of Burns’ songs and tunes.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Jim Malcolm, “Rantin’ Rovin' Robin”, Acquaintance, Beltane

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

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

  • Jean Redpath, “O Wert Thou In The Cold Blast”, First Flight, Rounder

  • David Ferrand, “A-Rovin’ On A Winter’s Night”, Across The Troubled Wave, Alter Road

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

  • MacAlias, “The Gowden Locks Of Anna”, Highwired, Greentrax

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

  • MacAlias, “Gin I Were A Blackbird”, Highwired, Greentrax

  • The Voice Squad, “Ae Fond Kiss”, Celtic Love Songs, Shanachie

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  • Bruce Davies, “Address To The Haggis”, O’Er The Border, Rothes Recordings

  • Jim Malcolm, “Auld Lang Syne”, Acquaintance, Beltane

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

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

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

  • Jim Malcolm, “Parcel Of Rogues”, Acquaintance, Beltane

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

  • Tony Cuffe, “Tale Toddle”, Sae Will Ye Yet, Greentrax

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

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