Regular readings

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 27, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epigram-on-captain-grose

The English antiquarian and former army officer, Francis Grose, became a friend of Robert Burns by way of introduction through his neighbour at Ellisland, Captain Robert Riddell. Grose...

April 20, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epitaph-on-john-dove-innkeeper

Written by Robert Burns in 1785 for John Dove (or Dow), landlord of the Whitefoord Arms in Mauchline. It is thought that John Dove originally came from Paisley.

“Here lies Johnie P...

April 13, 2017

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

Robert Burns re-worked this traditional ballad. The town of Paisley, though which the River Cart flows to join the Clyde, was a major centre of the weaving industry. The street names in the h...

April 6, 2017

Click to listen https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/ay-waukin-o

Today I was discussing this week’s reading with my friend, the hugely talented Scottish harmonica player, Donald Black. We both agreed on choosing this piece, the basis of which was an old Scots song that...

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