25/01/2014 Celtic Connections


25/01/2014

A host of world-class musicians come together at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's most famous poet and songwriter Robert Burns.


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255 years ago, and approximately 40 miles in that direction, Robert

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Burns, Scotland's favourite son, an unofficial national poet was born in

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a small Ayrshire village. Tonight, people across the globe are coming

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together to accept bait his poetry and song on Burns' Night. Welcome to

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a Celtic Connections Burns and the Commonwealth concertment

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-- concert. Good evening, welcome to the SSE

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Hydroin Glasgow, whereas part of Celtic Connections, a fantastic line

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up of musicians from around the world, including South Africa,

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Australia, India, Cyprus and of course, Scotland, will Join Together

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with the royal Scottish national orchestra to celebrate Burns and the

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Commonwealth. It promises to be a very special night of music, in

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honour of a special man. From his poetry inspired bit Scottish

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landscape to protest songs and of course, many love songs, Robert

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Burns has become known and loved throughout the world. His legacy of

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over 550 works has been translated into almost every written language.

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Tonight, we will be bringing you some of those songs. First on stage,

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celebrating their 30th anniversary, Scotland's own Capercaillie.

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# There was a lass and she was fair # At the market to be seen

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# When all the fairest maids were met

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# The flower of them bonnie Jane. Aye, she brought her contriwork and

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she sang it joyfully # The bonniest bird upon the bush

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# Had never a lighter heart than she # But hawks will rob the tender joys

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# The blessed whiteness # Frost of light on the fairest

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flower # Love will break the soundest rest

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# For she met a young lad # The pride of all his Glenn

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# # And

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# What could helpness Jeanie do # She had no-one to tell her no

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# At length she blushed # And love was between them

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APPLAUSE Thank you very much.

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More from Capercaillie later. Now to an artist who has always been a

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great admirer of the poetry of Burns and is the grandson of a shepherd

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says the lyric to the next son really resonates to him. Here is

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Dougie MacLean. Ca' the yowes. Tae the knowes. Ca'

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them whare the heather grows. Ca' them whare the burnie rowes. My

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bonnie dearie. Hark, the mavis' evening song. Sounding Clouden's

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woods among. Then a-faulding let us gang. My bonnie dearie. We'll gae

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doon by Clouden site. # Fair and lovely as thou art.

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# You hae stown my very heart. I can die, but canna part.

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# # My bonnie dearie.

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# Ca' the yowes. # tae the knowes.

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# Ca' them whare the heather grows. # Ca' them whare the burnie rowes.

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# My bonnie dearie. # APPLAUSE

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Earlier, Capercaillie opened the concert tonight with their rendition

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of bonnie Jane. I'm joined now by the maestro and Donald Show. Why is

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it that Robert Burns resonates so strongly with an international

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audience? I think he was a man of the people and a poet of the people.

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I think within his poetry, he has all the big themes of life and love

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and humanity and equality. On top of that, the greatest melodies the

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world has ever heard. There's a lot to love about him. Thanks very much.

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Next on stage, Raghu Dixit comes all the way from Bangalore in India,

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with his unique style of folk music. Before that, his own tribute to

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burns buns and the Indian poet he inspired.

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-- Burns. So I heard today is a very special day, remembering the great

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poet of this land, Robert Burns. There's a very strong India

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connection with Robert Burns, the fact that it inspired the national

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poet of India. He wrote the National Anthem of India. He was so inspired

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by Robert Burns' poetry that he travelled in search of that man into

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this land. He looked for him and got inspired and he translated most of

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his work in Bengali so Indians could get a taste of Robert Burns, so that

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way, it's such a great testimonial that it doesn't really matter where

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you're born, what race you are, what colour you are, it just takes a few

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words of kindness to make this world a beautiful place to live in.

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APPLAUSE CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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As Scots travelled they took Burns with them, shaping the culture and

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music of nations across the world, including Australia. Here now from

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Melbourne, the award-winning, Matreo.

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This is John Anderson. # When we were first acquent

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# Your locks were like the raven # Your bonnie brow was Brent

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# But now your brow is beld, John # Your locks are like the snaw

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# But blessings on your frosty pow, # John Anderson, my jo.

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# John Anderson, myjo, # We climb the hill thegither

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# And mony a cantieday, John # We've had wianeanither

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# Now we mauntotter down, John # And hand in hand, we'll go

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# And sleep thegither at the foot # John Anderson, my jo.

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# John Anderson, my jo. #

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APPLAUSE Burns' poetry and song crosses

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continents and borders. Here is a platinum-selling artist from Cyprus.

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When did I first hear about Robert Burns? I had heard his name before,

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but I came closer to his poetry through another poet you have here

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and a great artist. She introduced me to Robert Burns' poetry. That was

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something very special for me, because I found a poet who is also a

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song writer and he used to be a singer, of course. I feel very much

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connected with this, because our tradition is like that, since Homer,

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poets used to sing their songs. When you see this keep going on and new

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song writers coming up through this tradition, all the time, new

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Scottish song writers coming through the tradition of Burns, this is

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something fantastic. Thanks very much. You're performing later. Right

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now, Alexis Palisson, performing a song in this version reveals what we

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shall call Burns' fondness for women.

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# There's nowt by care on every han # In every hour that passes, O

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# What signifies the life of man # And were na for the lasses, O

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# Green grow the rashes, O # Green grow the rashes, O

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# The sweetest hours that every I spend

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# Are spent amang the lasses, O # The wal' ly race may riches chase

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# And riches still may fly them, O # But at last they catch them fast

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# Their hearts can never enjoy them, O

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# Green grow the rashes, O # Green grow the rashes, O

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# The sweetest hours that I every I spend

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# Are spent amang the lasses, O. But give me a cannie hour at even

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# My arms about my deary, O # And war' ly cares and worldly men

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# May give tapsalteerie, O. # For you saedouce, ye sneer at this

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# You're naught but senseless asses, O

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# The wisest man and the wal' e' er saw

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# He dearly loved the lasses, O. # Auld nature swears, the lovely

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dears # Her noblest work she classes, O

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# Her prenti ce han, she tried on man,

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# And then she made the lasses, O. Green grow the rashes, O

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# Green grow the rashes, O # The sweetsest hours that ever I

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spent # Are spent among the lasses, O

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# Green grow the rashes, O # Green grow the rashes, O

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# The sweetest hours that ever I spend

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# Are spent among the lasses, O. APPLAUSE

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Thank you. Michael McGoldrick on flute there.

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Friendship is a theme that runs through many of Burns' works. Before

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he died in 1796, he wrote, "You're welcome Willie Stuart" about his old

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friend. This is a dynamic group of musicians and singers to Prince

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Harry form that song. # You're welcome Willie Stuart

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# You're welcome, Willie Stuart # There's never a flower that blooms

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in May # That halves as welcome's thou art.

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# Come, bumpers high, express your joy

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# The bowel we maun renew it, to welcome Willie Stuart.

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# You're welcome, Willie Stuart # There's never a flower that blooms

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in May # That's half as welcome's thou art.

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# May foes be strong and friends be slack

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# Their actions may he rue it # Many women on him turn her back

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# That wrongs thee, Willie Stuart # You're welcome, Willie Stuart,

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# There's never a flower that blooms in May

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# That's half as welcome as thou art.

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# There's never a flower that blooms in May,

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# That's half as welcome as thou art. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Coming up later: Music from Rachel

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Sermani, more from Dougie MacLean. But Celtic Connections is not just

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about the celebration of traditional Celtic music, it's about the

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influence and connection to music from around the world. A band that

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represent this spirit of the festival is Salsa Celtica. Here they

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are with a Cuban love song, inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns.

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I think if Burns would have been around, he would have been a salsa

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dancer. Tonight's concert is both a

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celebration of Burns and the Commonwealth. Joining me now is

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Hilda from The Mahotella Queens, a group formed 50 years ago, a huge

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part of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Later, they're going

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to be playing their tribute to the man who brought South Africa back

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into the Commonwealth, Nelson Mandela. How does it feel to be

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playing in the place which first gave Nelson Mandela freedom of the

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city? My God, I must say, it's exciting. Point number one. Number

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two, it's like, it's touching, to be in the place that really wanted to

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be in struggle together with Mandela, to say, Mandela, we are

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there for you, go on. We are looking at you. We are going to help you.

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It's really touching and exciting. This is our home, I must say. We're

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really excited to be performing here. An honour to have you. We're

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looking forward to seeing you play later on in the concert. Right now,

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Dougie MacLean and a rousing version of Highland Harry.

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# My Harry was a gallant gay # Stately staid he on the plain

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# But now he's banished far away # I'll never see him back again.

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# Oh, for him back again # O for him back again.

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# I would be on Knockhaspie's land # For Harry back again

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# When all the lavegae to their bed # I wander dowie up the Glenn

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# I set me down and greet my fill # For aye I wish him back again

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# O for him back again # O for him back again

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# I would gie a Knockhaspie's land # For Harry back again

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# O were somevillean hangit high # And ilka body had their ain

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# Then I might see the joy of sight # My Highland Harry back again

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# O for him back again # O for him back again

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# I would be a Knockhaspie's land # For Highland Harry back again.

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# Sad was the day and sad the hour # He left me in his native plain

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# Rushed his friends to join # But no he'll come back again

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# O for him back again # O for him back again

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# I wadgi E.On Knockhaspie's land # O for him back again

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# I wadgi E.On Knockhaspie's land # O for him back again.

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APPLAUSE Thank you very much.

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You can see highlights from the Celtic Connections festival and from

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tonight's concert by going to our web page, bbc.co.uk/Celtic

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Connections. Back to the concert now. The beguiling voice a young

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singer, from the Smallvilleage in the Highlands, Rachel Sermanie, with

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what is probably Burns' most popular love song.

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# My love is like a red, red rose # Newly sprung in June

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# O my love's like a melody # That's sweetly played in tune

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# As fair art thou, my bonnie lass # So deep in love am I

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# And I will love thee still, my dear

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# Till all the seas gang dry. # Till all the seas gang dry, my

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dear # And the rocks melt wi' the sun

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# I will love thee still, my dear, # Till all the seas run dry.

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# Till all the seas run dry my dear # And fare thee well

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# And I will come again, my love, # Tho' it were ten thousand mile.

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# My love is like a red, red rose # That's newly sprung in June

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# My heart is like a melody # That's sweetly played in tune.

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# As fair art thou, my only love # So deep in love am I.

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# And I will love thee still, my dear

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# Till all the seas gang dry. # O and I will love you still my

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dear # Till all the seas gang dry. #

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Burns' love of women and his many affairs is no secret, though no-one

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can be really sure how many children he cully fathered. Numbers swing

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between 12 and 14. What we do know is that these love affairs provided

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the romantic Burns with the inspiration he needed for his poetry

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and songs, one of those and his most recorded song A Fond Kiss, was

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written as a farewell to his Edinburgh lover, known as Nancy.

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# Ae fond kiss, and then we sever # Ae farewell, alas forever

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# Deep in heart-wrung tears, I pledge thee

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# Warring sighs and groans I wage thee

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# Who shall say that fortune grieves him,

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# While the star of hope she leaves him?

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# Me, naecheerful twinkle lights me, # Dark despair around benights me.

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# I'll ne' er blame my partial fancy,

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# Naething could resist my Nancy # But to see her was to love her.

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# Love, but her, and love forever. # Had we never loved sae kindly

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# Had we never loved sae blindly # Never met or never parted,

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# We had never been broken hearted. # So, fare, thee, weel, thou first

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and fairest # Fare theeweel, thou best and

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dearest # Thine be ilka joy and treasure

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# Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure.

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# Ae fond kiss and then we sever # Ae farewell alas, forever

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# Deep in heart-wrung tears, I'll pledge thee

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# Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.

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# I'll wage thee. # I'll wage thee .

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# I'll wage thee. # APPLAUSE

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Despite his international reputation today, Burns never left Scotland. As

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he grew older his writing increasingly reflected injustice

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across the world. True to his e-Goole tarn principles, he penned

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several poems highlighting man's inhumanity to man. One is a Slave's

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Lament. # It was in sweet Senegal that my

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foes did me enthaw # For the lands of Virginia, ginia,

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O # Torn from that lovely shore, and

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must never see it more # And alas! I am weary, weary O.

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# Torn from that lovely shore, and must never see it more.

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# And alas! I am weary, weary O. # All on that charming coast is no

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bitter snow and frost, # Like the lands of Virginia, Ginia,

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O. # There streams forever flow, and

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there flowers forever blow # And alas! I am weary, weary O.

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# There streams forever flow, and there flowers forever blow,

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# And alas! I am weary, weary O. # The burden I must bear, while the

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cruel scourge I fear, # In the lands of Virginia, Ginia,

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O. # And I think on friends most dear,

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with the bitter, bitter tear. # And alas! I am weary, weary O.

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# And I think on friends most dear, with the bitter, bitter tear.

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# And alas! I am weary, weary O. # # Torn from that lovely shore, and

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must never see it more. # And alas! I am weary, weary O.

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2014 marks the 20th anniversary since South Africa rejoined the

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Commonwealth, led by Nelson Mandela. Though Mandela sadly is no longer

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with us, we are joined tonight by The Mahotella Queens, a group that

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formed 50 years ago in Johannesburg, and whose songs have been an

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inspiration for many in the fight gents apartheid. They lead us

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singing later on Auld Lang Syne, but first they begin with their own

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tribute to Nelson Mandela. # The giant has fallen

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# The nation in the mourning # The cries, chanting Mandela

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# The light has fallen # The nation in mourning

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# Just listen to the cries # Chanting "Mandela".

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# Mandela # Man deala

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# Mandela # Farewell Mandela.

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# Be mands # Mandela

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# Farewell Mandela. # APPLAUSE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE We're nearly at the end of the show.

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Before we rejoin all of tonight's performers on the stage, I want to

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say a huge thank you to all of our acts and to you for watching. Catch

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up with all the highlights on the website, bbc.co.uk/Celtic

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Connections. For two of Robert Burns most enduring songs, in a couple of

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minutes, a man's a man, and a song you can hear in the background, that

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doesn't need any introduction, it's known and loved throughout the

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world. Good night.

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# Should alled acquaintance be forgot

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# And never brought to mind? # Should auld acquaintance be forgot

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# And auld lack syne. # For Auld Lang Syne, my dear

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# For Auld Lang Syne # We'll tak a cup O'kindness yet

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# Would auld acquaintance be forgot # And never brought to mind?

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# For Auld Lang Syne, my dear # For Auld Lang Syne

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# We'll tak a cup O'kindness yet, machine for Auld Lang Syne.

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# For Auld Lang Syne, my dear # For Auld Lang Syne

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# We'll tak a cup O'kindness yet, # For Auld Lang Syne.

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# For Auld Lang Syne # We'll tak a cup of kindness yet

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# For Auld Lang Syne. # Is there for honest poverty

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# That hings his head, and all that # The coward slave, we pass him by

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# We dare be poor for all that. # For all that and all that

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# Our toils obscure and all that # The rank is but the Guinea's stamp

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# The man's the gowd for all that. # What though on hamely fare we dine

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# Wear hoddin grey and all that # Gie fools their silks and naves

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their wine # A man's a man for all that.

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# For all that, and all that. # Their tinsel show, and all that.

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# The honest man, tho' every sae poor

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# Is king of men for all that. Ye Er onbirkie, cad, asparse Lord

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# What strut and stares and all that # Tho' hundreds worship at his word

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# He's but a coof for all that. Er posh all that, and all that.

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# His ribband, star and all that. # The man O'independent mind

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# He looks and laughs at all that. # But an honest man's abon his might

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# Gude faith, he maunnafa' that. # For all that, and all that.

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# Their dignities and all that. # The pitho' sense and pride o'

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worth # Are higher rank than all that.

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# So let us pray that come it may # As come it will for all that.

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# That sense and worth, over all the earth

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# Shall bear the gree, and all that. # For all that, and all that.

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# It's coming yet for all that. # That man to man, the world over

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# Shall brothers be for all that. # For all that, and all that.

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# It's coming yet for all that. # That man to man, the world over

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# Shall brothers be for all that. #

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As part of the 2014 Celtic Connections Festival, a host of world-class musicians come together on Burns Night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, to celebrate the life and work of Scotland's most famous poet and songwriter Robert Burns, and explore his influence throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.


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