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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March 29, 2018

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

Robert Muir, a Kilmarnock wine-merchant was a great friend and practical supporter of Robert Burns in both personal and business matters. He died at the age of thirty.

“What man could este...

March 22, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/tho-womens-minds

Debate continues about many aspects of the poet’s life but it is undeniable that Robert Burns was a particularly assiduous observer of womankind. In this piece he muses on the fickleness of wom...

March 15, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/poortith-cauld-and-restless-love

Robert Burns wrote this in 1793 – the subject being a Miss Jean Lorimer, who the poet immortalised as his “Chloris” – the classical goddess of Spring. Burns wrote several well-k...

March 8, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/theres-a-youth-in-this-city

Robert Burns collected the first few lines of an old song and composed the remainder of the piece below. It tells of a handsome young man’s search for an appropriate and well-to-do w...

March 1, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/up-in-the-morning-early-1

The winter of 2017/18 has been one of the harshest in Scotland for many years. Now, at the start of March, we thought that the worst was past but then the wind blew from Siberia bringi...

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