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ED2012 Music Review: Robert Burns – A Life In Words And Song

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A delightfully educating and entertaining experience, Allan Foster narrates the life of Robert Burns. Tales of lovers, heartaches and achievements, Allan speaks as though Burns were an old friend, presenting deeply heart-warming moments. Traditional Scottish folk with lyrics fuelled by Burns’ poetry illustrated the intimate lecture, and singer, Andy Chung’s tone and intonation supported the serene atmosphere beautifully. Talk of Burns’ near emigration to Jamaica and the birth of his nine children showed that Allan knew the bard’s life like the back of his hand, reinforcing the spirit, which “keeps his memory alive”. Featuring tunes like ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne’, this was festival folk at its best, giving an insight into the life of a local legend.

Captain’s Bar, 3-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25 Aug, 11.00am.
tw rating 5/5 | [Hannah Sweetnam]


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