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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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November 29, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/reply-to-announcement-by-j-rankine

John Rankine was a farmer at Adamhill near Tarbolton. He teased the poet over the pregnancy of Elizabeth Paton and Burns responded in verse.

“I am a keeper of the law In some s...

November 22, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/lines-on-the-falls-of-fyers

Robert Burns visited the Falls of Foyers on 5th September 1787 where he wrote these lines. As he said himself “Written with a Pencil on the Spot”.

“Among the heathy hills and ragged w...

November 15, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/a-highland-welcome

Robert Burns enjoyed new-found celebrity after publication of his first collection of poems and embarked on a series of tours to see the country.  He undertook a tour of the Highlands in Augu...

November 8, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/in-flanders-fields-rbls

I am breaking from my usual Burns reading this week, 100 years on from the end of the First World War. I thought it appropriate to mark the occasion with a reading of one of the most fam...

November 1, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/one-night-as-i-did-wander-1 

This fragment of a poem was an early piece by Robert Burns, probably composed in 1785.

“One night as I did wander, When corn begins to shoot,

I sat me down to ponder Upon an auld tree...

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