|This week's links and mp3
||[Aug. 31st, 2006|01:20 pm]
|||||Green Grow the Rushes by Altan||]|
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.
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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.