First broadcast January 24, 2014

Celebrating Robert Burns’ 255th Birthday

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This annual show marks the 255th anniversary of the birth on Jan. 25, 1759 of Scottish poet and song collector Robert Burns in Alloway in Ayrshire, Scotland. Known internationally as “Caledonia’s Bard” because of his literary prowess as a poet, Burns’ contributions to Scottish and, indeed, all folk music were just as immense. Scottish musicologist Francis Collinson puts it best when he describes Burns as “the greatest compiler, restorer and editor of all” and the man “who changed the whole face of Scottish music.”

This year’s show highlights several of the women in Burns’ life and the exquisite songs and poems he wrote about them, including Jean Armour, his supreme love. After all, we cannot underestimate Burns as a lover: He fathered 15 children, 9 of whom were actually born in lawful wedlock, before he died at age 37! More important, the show also views Burns as a humanitarian, political activist and poet.

  • 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

  • Gaberlunzie, “Scots Wha Hae”, There Was A Lad…Songs Of Burns, KRL Lochshore

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  • Ed Miller, “A Man’s A Man For A’ That”, Celtic Festival 1996/Live At Oatlands, Barnaby Productions

  • Ian Bruce, “Ye Jacobites By Name”, Alloway Tales, Linn

  • Old Blind Dogs, “Parcel Of Rogues”, Five, KRL Lochshore

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  • Harem Scarem, “Sweet Tibbie Dunbar”, The Birnam Witch Project, Vertical Records

  • Alan Reid, “Mary Morison”, The Sunlit Eye, Temple Records

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

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  • Ceolbeg, “Oh Were I On Parnassus Hill”, Cairn Waters, Greentrax

  • Black-Eyed Biddie, “Ae Fond Kiss”, Peace Enjoyment Love & Pleasure, Greentrax

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

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  • Hugh MacDiarmid, “Address To The Haggis”, There Was A Lad…Songs Of Burns, KRL Lochshore

  • Shona Mooney, “The Haggis”, Heartsease, Foot Stompin Records

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  • Wendy Weatherby, “Tom’s Swagger/Time Or Tide/Witches’ Dance”, A Shirt Of Silk Or Snow, Fellside

  • Gill Bowman, “Auld Lang Syne”, The Music & Songs Of Edinburgh, Greentrax