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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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May 30, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/o-may-thy-morn

Robert Burns had a great fondness for both drink and women. Here the two are combined in this poem written in 1791.

“O may, thy morn was ne'er so sweet As the mirk night o' December!

For sparkling...

May 23, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/her-flowing-locks

It is not known when the following fragment of a song was written by Robert Burns but it is thought that he probably had a tune in mind to accompany it before eventually abandoning the project...

May 16, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/lines-written-in-the-kirk-of-lamington

One of Robert Burns’s favourite possessions was a diamond tipped stylus which he used frequently on panes of glass to record his poetic musings. Today we would think ourse...

May 2, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/my-hoggie

It is said that this song was transcribed by Robert Burns after hearing the tale sung by an old lady in Lauderdale.

“What will I do gin my Hoggie die? My joy, my pride, my Hoggie!

My only beast, I had n...

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