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Scotland's Salute to Robert Burns

21st January 2019

Moray Firth Radio is hosting a series of podcasts on aspects of Robert Burns poetry.

Auld Lang Syne, a global anthem - 18 minutes

Great Chieftain o' the Puddin-race - 11 minutes

A toast like no other - 17 minutes

The poetry, the performance - 20 minutes

Words can inspire a thousand pictures - 14 minutes

Robert Burns is Scotland's most successful cultural export and this episode of Tae The Bard celebrates 'Auld Lang Syne' - without doubt his most well-travelled work. His version of this traditional song has become an intrinsic part of a range of occasions, from weddings and new year parties to, of course, the Burns Supper. While the song is much loved, many misunderstand its true meaning and perhaps miss its deeper significance.

Our guests have close links to the song that has become a global anthem. Folk singer and musician Mairi Campbell's recording made an appearance in the first 'Sex & the City' movie and even inspired her to create a one woman show.

200 years on, Scots and Scots-at-heart all over the world continue to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns on January 25th. To understand the enduring, global appeal of a man who created over 700 original works, we are very excited to launch a brand new podcast series examining how much influence he continues to have on modern day Scotland.

One of the world's leading experts on Burns, Dr Pauline Mackay who is a Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, is host for this series of five podcasts exploring his enduring legacy with the Scots of today, including singer songwriter Mairi Campbell, graphic artist Susan McGill, renowned chef Colin Bussey and poet Catherine Wilson.

Listen to all five podcasts at