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Come Enjoy A Virtual Concert for Burns Night

Updated on October 9, 2014

Scottish singers celebrate Burns

The 25th January every year is celebrated as Burns night. World wide folks gather together to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns, poet and lover, farmer, excise man and - some may not know, protester. His scathing social commentors got him banned from more than one Edinburgh parlour. His song 'A Man's a Man for A That', sung so poignantly at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, bears witness. He died aged only 37 but he packed so much into those years and he had left a legacy that spans the centuries.

Today his music is heard frequently and many famous Scottish singers put their own modern spin to it: from the rousing rendition of 'A man's a man' by Paolo Nutini (nice to see a youngster singing Burns) - to the gravelly voice of Michael Marra. This page is a selection of some of my favourite Burns songs by some of my favourite Scottish singers. Come along with me and enjoy a virtual concert and don't forget to leave a wee music review in the boxes below and vote in the poll for your favourite.

For now this page is full of videos - but I'll be back to add lyrics and more information on Scotland's favourite son.

[NB- note the lyrics can be reproduced here because at well over 200 years old they are well out of copyright - be sure you check before you add any lyrics to your music lenses.]

[Image credit: Portrait of Burns by Alexander Nasmyth dated 1787]

Rabbie Burns

25 January 1759 - 21 July 1796

Paolo Nutini Sings A Man's a Man for A That

You can leave a little review on what you think about this Burns song here. The more the merrier. You don't have to be a member of Squidoo to comment, you can log on with your facebook page.

You might not see it immediately as I have to approve it first to weed out spammers.

Karen Mathison sings Burns - My Love is like a Red Red Rose

Probably the most famous of Burn's love song - the words are as relevant today as they were 200 years ago. If you would like the lyrics translated into English, you will find them -> HERE. It will open an new window so you don't have to stop the song.

My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

O, my luve's like a red, red rose,

That's newly sprung in June.

O, my luve's like the melodie,

That's sweetly play'd in tune.


As fair art thou, my bonie lass,

So deep in luve am I,

And I will luve thee still, my Dear,

Till a' the seas gang dry.


Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear,

And the rocks melt wi' the sun!

O I will luve thee still, my Dear,

While the sands o' life shall run.


And fare thee well, my only Luve,

And fare thee well a while!

And I will come again, my Luve,

Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

Rabbie published this in 1794 - adapted, we think, from older traditional sources.

Eddi Reader sings Burns - 5 videos

If you were asked to name one modern female singer who sings Burns, it would be Eddi Reader. She is lady to go to for all things Burns. She grew up in Irving in Scotland and learned her craft by busking and travelling the world with circuses and performing artists. She hit the London scene and gained a huge reputation providing backing vocals for people like Annie Lennox and the Eurythmics. She reached fame with Fairport Convention before striking out as a solo artist. Her performances are invariable lively and energetic and she holds the audience in the palm of her hand with her wry sense of humour.

Shenna Wellington sings Burns - A Man's a Man for a that

Sung at the opening of the Scottish parliament in 1999 - the hope of a nation. Even the politicians were singing! Published in 1795 it sings of a hope that we can all live in harmony.

If you would like the lyrics translated into English, you will find them ->  HERE  It will open an new window so you don't have to stop the song. 

A Man's a Man For A That

Is there for honest Poverty

That hings his head, an' a' that;

The coward slave-we pass him by,

We dare be poor for a' that!

For a' that, an' a' that.

Our toils obscure an' a' that,

The rank is but the guinea's stamp,

The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,

Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;

Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;

A Man's a Man for a' that:

For a' that, and a' that,

Their tinsel show, an' a' that;

The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,

Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,

Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;

Tho' hundreds worship at his word,

He's but a coof for a' that:

For a' that, an' a' that,

His ribband, star, an' a' that:

The man o' independent mind

He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,

A marquis, duke, an' a' that;

But an honest man's abon his might,

Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!

For a' that, an' a' that,

Their dignities an' a' that;

The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,

Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,

(As come it will for a' that,)

That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,

Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.

For a' that, an' a' that,

It's coming yet for a' that,

That Man to Man, the world o'er,

Shall brothers be for a' that.

Karen Mathison sings Burns - Lassie Wi' the Lint-White Locks

Michael Marra sings Burns - Green Grows the Rashes oh

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Dougie Maclean sings Burns - a compiliation of Burns songs

Ah Dougie - those of you who know me will know I try to attend his 10 day folk festival in Perthshire Autumn -Perthshire Amber

These videos will give you a taste of the man and ends with the most famous of Burns' songs - Auld Lang Syne. If you would like a translation of the lyrics you will find them -> HERE It will open in a new window so you don't need to stop the music.

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,

And auld lang syne!

Chorus.-For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!

And surely I'll be mine!

And we'll tak a cup o'kindness yet,

For auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

We twa hae run about the braes,

And pou'd the gowans fine;

But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,

Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,

Frae morning sun till dine;

But seas between us braid hae roar'd

Sin' auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

And there's a hand, my trusty fere!

And gie's a hand o' thine!

And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,

For auld lang syne.

For auld, &c.

tracks available include:

1. Ca' the Yowes

2. Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie?

3. Scots Wha' Hae

4. Neil Gow's Lament

5. Slaves Lament

6. Banks and Braes

7. For a' That

8. Gloomy Winter

9. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie

10. Auld Lang Syne

11. Farewell to Whiskey

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