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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May 31, 2018

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An old Scots song collected by Robert Burns

"O GALLOWAY Tam came here to woo,

I'd rather we'd gin him the brawnit cow;

For our lass Bess may curse and ban

The wanton wit o' Galloway Tam.

O Galloway Tam came...

May 24, 2018

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We are once more firmly in the wedding season, with the recent Royal nuptials and the roads awash with be-decked wedding cars every Saturday. So I thought I’d look at something app...

May 17, 2018

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Robert Burns wrote a couple of songs with this title, one being a re-working of a traditional song. However, the following is a new piece that Burns sent to the collector, George Thomson in 1793....

May 10, 2018

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Last week I recorded a poem by Robert Burns extolling the charms of a young lady in Dumfries. Today, I have recorded a verse written to his friend Dr William Maxwell to mark the occasion of her re...

May 3, 2018

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This is the first Burns recording from my new studio – I hope the sound quality is OK. The subject of this poem by Robert Burns was Jessie Staig, daughter of the provost of Dumfries, David Staig.


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