Happy Birthday to Caledonia's Bard

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This Tuesday marks the 252nd 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 tunes and those he captured, restored and saved - testimony that his legacy continues without wane as it's embraced by still yet another generation of folk musicians. This year we definitely tilted toward Burns' love songs although a few works on winter weather and his political views found their way into the birthday party.

  • 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

  • James Malcolm, Caledonia, Robert Burns: The Complete Songs/Vol. 5, Linn

  • Dougie MacLean, Scots Wha Hae, Tribute, Dunkeld


  • 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


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

  • Ceolbeg, Of A' The Airts, Celtic Collections/Vol. 2, Greentrax


  • Hugh Morrison, Ye Banks And Braes, Burns Reels, Robert Burns Rocks, Dun Eistein Productions


  • Smithfield Fair, My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose, Scotland Fair Scotland, Stevenson Productions

  • Eddi Reader, Leezie Lindsay, Peacetime, Compass

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


  • Ed Miller, A Man's A Man For A' That, Live At Oatlands, Barnaby Productions

  • Janet Russell & Christine Kidd, Carls O'Dysart/The De'ils Awa' Wi' The Exciseman, Music & Songs Of Scotland, Greentrax

  • Ian Bruce, Ye Jacobites By Name, The King Has Landed, Greentrax

  • Rod Paterson, Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation, The King Has Landed, Greentrax


  • Poozies, Hey How My Johnny Lad/The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Raise Your Head, Compass

  • Ossian, Logan Water/Pennan Den, The Carrying Stream, Greentrax