This was an expensive record coming in at $4.00. I got it in September for the sole purpose of posting it today, January 25th, which is Burn’s Supper, or Burn’s Night or Robbie Burn’s Day, depending on how traditional you are.
A Story on Burn’s Night 2016
Robert Burns (1759-1797) is Scotland’s national poet and perhaps the best known (with an exception for the Poet Ewan McTeagle). He is known for his work both in English and in a Scot dialect. A pioneer of the Romantic movement according to Wikipedia, he also wrote as well as collected songs making updates and modifications where need be. His most well known work is probably “Auld Lang Syne” but my favorite is “A Parcel of Rogues for a Nation”.
A Web Page with More Info
Burn’s Supper is the annual traditional held in Burn’s honor. These celebrations take place mainly in Scotland but over the years have moved outside into other part of the UK and beyond. The First Supper took place five years after his death by a group of friends. From there, the event grew into what it is today. The Supper includes set traditions such as Host’s Speech, the Immortal Memory, and the Toast to the Lassies as well as the consumption of Haggis and whiskey. Works of Burns are also read.
A slightly deeper explanation of Burn’s Supper
I believe I read somewhere that this record was originally part of a series of twenty two volumes intended to capture the complete song works of Burns. However, the arranger Serge Hovey, died after seven volumes and the singer decided she could not carry out the project without him. The work that was released was well received. Redpath, incidentally, was born in Edinburgh in 1937 but moved to the US when she was 24. According to her obit. she once shared a flat with Bob Dylan in the early day of Greenwich Village. She performed, curated, and lectured on folk music on both sides of the ocean until her death in 2014 in Arizona.
This album is a pretty good collection of Burn’s compositions. This was the first volume in the collection. It came out in 1976. It is as it would appear; Scottish Music. The music and vocals are very good. Not much to say other than the album is what it says it is.
A Link to Burn’s Work
For samples, I went with “The Winter It is Past” which is similar to the Irish song “The Curragh of Kildare”. Also the Pogues’ “White City” is based of the music of both. The other sample is “My Tocher’s the Jewel” which appear to be a love song.
Alright record. Satisfactory. Enjoy the rest of Burn’s Night.