From the Library: Robert Burns Day

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by Elrik Merlin on Monday, 25 January, 2010

Today, Elrik Merlin presents a programme of Celtic Roots music (and plenty of bagpipes!) in celebration of Robert Burns as part of our series From the Library, produced in conjunction with the Alexandrian Library System in Second Life.

The programme includes Eddie Reader’s settings of Burns poems, and a collection of Jacobite ballads; but the show doesn’t only include Scottish music: there’s traditional material from all over the British Isles as well as quite a few items in Gaelic (which Burns didn’t write in).

Wikipedia notes: “Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland as simply The Bard) was a poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide. He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although much of his writing is also in English and a ‘light’ Scots dialect, accessible to an audience beyond Scotland. He also wrote in standard English, and in these pieces, his political or civil commentary is often at its most blunt.”

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme now at in-world, or simply click here:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.


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