Completely Burns

Completely Burns

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns - over 300 poems have been recorded by actors from all generations. Visit bbc.co.uk/robertburns for more from Robert Burns.

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  • Beware o Bonie Ann

    Sat, 11 Dec 10

    Duration:
    1 min

    Richard Wilson reads this song written 'out of compliment to Miss Ann Masterton, the daughter of my friend Allan Masterton’, who became writing master at the High School in Edinburgh.

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  • O wert thou in the Cauld Blast

    Sat, 4 Dec 10

    Duration:
    1 min

    Read by Juliet Cadzow and written in honour of Jessie Lewars, a friend of the family, who nursed Burns during his final illness and helped Jean with their many children after his death.

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  • The Fete Champetre

    Mon, 29 Nov 10

    Duration:
    3 mins

    When William Cunninghame of Enterkine, Tarbolton came of age, he held a supper and ball, or Fete Champetre, on the banks of the Ayr to which most of the respectable families in the county were invited. Some thought he was using the event as an introduction to canvas for parliament but this never came to fruition. Read by Phyllida Law.

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  • Ay Waukin O

    Wed, 24 Nov 10

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Lorraine McIntosh reads this hauntingly beautiful song in which a lover laments being parted from their beloved and cannot sleep.

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  • Theniel Menzies Bonie Mary

    Sat, 20 Nov 10

    Duration:
    2 mins

    Burns stopped at Stonehaven, near the River Dye, on 10 September 1787 to meet some relatives. The model for this song may have been a popular bawdy song of the time. Read by Phyllida Law.

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  • Pegasus at Wanlockhead

    Sat, 13 Nov 10

    Duration:
    1 min

    Liz Lochhead reads this poem which Burns penned after being unable to persuade a local Farrier to attend to both his and friend Thomas Sloan's horses which were slipping on the ice.

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  • To the Weavers gin ye go

    Mon, 8 Nov 10

    Duration:
    2 mins

    To The Weaver’s Gin Ye Go tells a cautionary tale - mothers, take the wool to the weaver's yourself! Read by Shirley Henderson

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