From the Library: Robert Burns Day

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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