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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November 30, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/ca-the-yowes-v2

Robert Burns collected and worked on the original version of this Scots song. However, on reflection later, he wasn’t satisfied with his first attempt with this title and chorus so he set about...

November 23, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/contended-wi-little-and-cantie-wi-mair

Composed by Robert Burns in November 1794, these words are thought to reflect his own philosophy of life.

“Contented wi' little, and cantie wi' mair,

Whene'er I forgather wi...

November 16, 2017

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

I thought that the countryside this morning looked just as described in the poem – the long streaks of mist hanging on the hillsides and the trees becoming leafless in an increasingly brown landsc...

November 9, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-william-stewart

While Robert Burns’s early biographers painted a picture of the poet as a hopeless drunkard, later sources reflected that while he undoubtedly enjoyed a drink and good company, his behaviour...

November 2, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/tam-o-shanter-kirk-alloway

We’ve recently put the clocks back an hour, Hallowe’en is just past and we face months of long dark nights ahead. Traditionally, this was the time for telling of stories around the fi...

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