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This week's links and mp3 [Aug. 31st, 2006|01:20 pm]
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Hello, everyone!

This week's mp3 is the song "Green Grow the Rushes" (sometimes known as Green Grow the Rashes O', and in other variables of that), performed by the lovely Altan. Robert Burns, the eighteenth century Scottish poet, is most often credited with composing the lyrics for this song. However, the aire can be traced back to a lute manuscript published by Sir Robert Gordon of Straloch in 1627. Interestingly, the tune is still commonly played as a highland in County Donegal.

Click here to download the mp3. Click the light blue link near the blinking orange arrow.

This week's links are about said Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Robert Burns (1759-1796) is often considered the national poet of Scotland, and he is the most famous of the poets who have written in the Scots language. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement in literature, and after his passing he became an important influence on liberalism and socialism. Burns was also a collector of folk songs, and he often adapted and revised them, or gave them words if they lacked them. His song titled Auld Lang Syne is one of the most famous, and is often sung at the Scottish new year holiday Hogmanay. Scots Wha Hae, another tune that had words added to it by Burns, is considered one of the unofficial national anthems of Scotland. Burns' Night, a holiday celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns, is celebrated internationally on January 25th, even more-so than the official national holiday of Scotland, which is St. Andrew's Day.

To read more about Robert Burns, click here, here, and here.
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From: ardri7
2006-08-31 08:59 pm (UTC)

I love the Green Grow the Rushes oh!

hah...er..oh wait..am I confusing it with the Green Gates?..hmn..

darn...now I have to search for it to see...bah

Ooh!..and after I do that..I'll have to read about this robert burns thing, cause there is a robert burns night at the CAC I think...and I have no idea what it's about..
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-08-31 09:05 pm (UTC)

Re: I love the Green Grow the Rushes oh!

You should definitely go to Burns Night at the Celtic Arts Center! I w as going to go last year, but then my historical reenactment group had a Burns Night on the same evening. I miiiight do a Highland dance for Burns Night this year at the CAC, but I'm not sure because shyness may eat me instead.
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[User Picture]From: jumpingrae
2006-08-31 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much for the history trivia on Robert Burns! I always knew our local "Robbie Burns' Night" had something to do with a Scottish poet, but now it makes much more sense!

And thanks for the mp3; I look forward to downloading it a little later.
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-08-31 09:05 pm (UTC)
Great! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the post. Have you liked the music from the other ones?
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[User Picture]From: jumpingrae
2006-08-31 09:13 pm (UTC)
Actually, I just joined, so this is my first one. Do you post them weekly? I will look forward to that!
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-09-01 02:43 am (UTC)
I try to do them consistently every week. If you look at the back entries you'll find more! :)
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From: ardri7
2006-09-01 05:10 am (UTC)

Oh my!

That picture of the guy kneeling...as one of your user pics...that is a poster in my room!..along with another Edmund Blair Leighton one..heh
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From: erinflower
2006-09-02 03:07 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh my!

That other one wouldn't happen to be God Speed, would it?
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From: ardri7
2006-09-03 12:07 am (UTC)

It is!

Yeah, the other IS God Speed...I think I have the some of the pictures in a "Camelot" calandar too...

You have one too?
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From: erinflower
2006-09-04 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: It is!

Sadly I do not. But those are the two that my boyfriend has on his wall! Haha.
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[User Picture]From: jumpingrae
2006-09-01 02:17 pm (UTC)
Great! Thanks, I'll try to check them out this weekend.
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[User Picture]From: ladylili
2006-08-31 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much for posting that song. My Renaissance singing troupe used to sing that, and it was my favorite. I missed hearing it..


thank you!!!!

<3<3<3
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[User Picture]From: elderwood
2006-09-01 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm really happy that you enjoyed it! Haven't I seen you in the Irish dancer's community?
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[User Picture]From: ladylili
2006-09-01 03:15 am (UTC)
yep yep....and you highland dance too, right?

we're so multi-talented :)
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From: alba_lass
2006-09-01 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the info :) I've always wanted to go to Burns' Night.
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[User Picture]From: midori_kittykat
2006-09-01 06:59 am (UTC)
Ooh, I love Altan! I've never heard this song before so thanks so much for the chance to hear it! I also loved the info on dear Rabbie!!
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[User Picture]From: anchoress
2006-09-01 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting the link and for the history lesson on Robert Burns. I did know that he wrote Auld Lang Syne (a song that seems to baffle many people as to the true meaning of the song). Green Grow the Rushes was a delight to listen to :-) I'm a big fan of Altan.
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[User Picture]From: really_ideal
2006-09-02 05:15 am (UTC)
woo. these updates are my favorite!!!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-01-20 09:32 pm (UTC)

Shocking new music version of Burns love song

For Scottish folk music and Burns lovers, I'd like introduce absolutely new music version of Robert Burns "Rigs o'barley".
It is here:

www.sonicbids.com/VadimKrakovsky
(click Audio icon)

You will love it!
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