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For the past four years, Neil has been recording  regularly extracts from the works of Robert Burns. These can be heard here on the website or at the WordsofBurns Facebook page.  

Neil is always delighted to get feedback from listeners or suggestions for Burns works to record.

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April 15, 2020

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/user-598426471/highland-widows-lament

The Battle of Culloden took place on 16 April 1746, just thirteen years before the birth of Robert Burns. The events of the last Jacobite rising would still have still have been fresh in...

February 2, 2020

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/a-mans-a-man-for-a-that

Last weekend I was at the heart of Europe in Luxembourg speaking at a Burns Supper. The assembled audience of around 200 (members and their local guests) all sang at the end of the suppe...

January 22, 2020

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/john-anderson-my-jo      

As we approach the birthday of Robert Burns, I thought I’d like to delve into my back catalogue and come up with a favourite. I have no doubt that a thousand singers wil...

December 30, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/auld-lang-syne 

At the very turn of the year, all around the world there is one song that people delight to sing together. For many, the words themselves may mean little and not be understood but for those who...

November 11, 2019

My recordings are usually from the works of our great poet Robert Burns but every November I record a poem to mark Remembrance. This year I have chosen The Inquisitive Child – a Remembrance Day poem, the author of which is unknown but whose words seem appropriate when...

October 25, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epitaph-on-holy-willie

I was looking over some past recordings and noticed this from a few years back. Burns had a famous blast at William Fisher, elder of the parish, in his wonderful satire ‘Holy Willie’s Pra...

August 31, 2019

Click here to listen:https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/pegasus-at-wanlockhead

One frosty day in 1789, Robert Burns was travelling through Wanlockhead, mounted on his new horse, Pegasus. He called at the smithy to have the horse’s shoes seen to but found that the smi...

August 15, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/behold-the-hour-the-boat-arrive

The following is one of several versions of this ode by Robert Burns, marking the departure of his ‘Clarinda’,  Agnes (Nancy) McLehose to join her husband in the West Indies. Iro...

July 18, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/willie-brewd-a-peck-o-maut

Robert Burns wrote this song in 1789 to commemorate a very drunken night in the company of two of his friends – William Nicol and Allan Masterton - after they met up in the town of Mo...

July 11, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/the-posie

Robert Burns heard his wife, Jean, singing a tune and composed these words to accompany it. I have recorded some of the verses.

O luve will venture in where it daur na weel be seen,

O luve will venture...

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