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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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July 27, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/kirk-and-state-excisemen

It is probable that Robert Burns composed this in 1789, after being appointed to the Excise service. The role of Exciseman, collecting duties, was not a popular one but Burns points out...

July 20, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/wandering-willie

Another old song collected and revised by Robert Burns

“Here awa, there awa, wandering Willie,

Here awa, there awa, haud awa hame;

Come to my bosom, my ain only dearie,

Tell me thou bring'st me my...

July 13, 2017

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

A poetic repost from Robert Burns to a judge on the Dumfries bench who referred to an attractive young lady as “Wha’s yon howlet-faced thing in the corner?” In his defence, the judge is said to...

July 6, 2017

Click here to listen:https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/out-over-the-forth

This is another song that Robert Burns collected and improved but little is known about it.

“Out over the Forth, I look to the North; 
But what is the north and its Highlands to me? 
The south...

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