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Bruce MacGregor hears about a new approach to singing Burns from Jamaica. Plus the risque side of Gaelic poetry and song.

What would Robert Burns' poetry and song have sounded like if he had stepped on that boat to Jamaica in 1786? We can only imagine. Kieran Murray has produced a new album called 'Jamaica Sings Burns' featuring new treatments of songs of the bard performed by Jamaican artists. We'll hear some world exclusive plays of those tracks and from Kieran.

Plus, the risque side of Gaelic poetry and song. Dr Peter MacKay of St Andrews University unveils a whole different side to songs which appear innocent but are loaded with euphemism and code representative of a rich erotic life.

1 hour, 55 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Jan 2017 19:00


Music Played

  • India Alba

    Himalayan Hideaway

    • High Beyond.
    • India Alba Records.
  • Siobahn Miller

    The Month of January

    • Strata.
    • Songprint Recordings.
  • Frankie Kennedy and Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh

    Humours of Whiskey/The Fairy Jig/Humours of Whiskey

    • Altan.
    • Green Linnet.
  • Ewan McLennan

    A Man's A Man For A' That

    • Rags And Robes.
    • Fellside Records.
  • Calum Kennedy

    Brochan Lom

    • Songs in Gaelic.
  • Bannal with Christine Grant

    Gura Mi Tha Trom Duilich

    • Waulking Songs.
    • Greentrax.
  • Nicholson Institute Choir

    Am Muillean Dubh

  • Anne Martin

    Maighdeanan nan Airidh

    • Co…?.
  • Anxo Lorenzo


    • ConFuxon.
  • Birlinn Jiarg

    Happy Valley

    • Seamount.
    • Birlinn Jiarg.
  • The Birnam Quartet

    Whistle o’er the Lave O’t

    • The Music of Burns.
    • Shoogle.
  • Jenny Sturgeon

    The Wren and the Salt Air

  • Brina

    Warmongerers By Name

    • Jamaica Sings Robert Burns.
  • Brina

    The Slave’s Lament (feat. Addis Pablo)

    • Jamaica Sings Robert Burns.
  • Ken Boothe

    Green Grow the Rashes

    • Jamaica Sings Robert Burns.
  • Alistair Anderson and Northlands

    PaddyWhack/Coffee Bridge/Spirit of Whiskey

    • Alistair Anderson and Northlands.
    • White Meadow Records.
  • Four Men and a Dog

    High On a Mountain

    • Irish Voices.
    • Topic Records.
  • Joan Baez

    Wild Mountain Thyme

    • Live at Newport 1963-65.
  • Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

    The Ukrainian Expedition/ Coalmiminer's/ Mustard Foldies / Réel du raclette

    • Apres du poele.


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