Today is Robert Burns Day, also known as Burns Night, the day when the life and works of Scotland’s national bard get celebrated. Of course, we’ll be celebrating tonight too. Sadly, it’s the second year running that we’ve been unable to convince any of our German friends to join us for a haggis supper – and this in a nation obsessed with sausages, which really isn’t that much different from haggis when you consider what goes in them – but the boy loves haggis and one of our best friends is over from Scotland too, so we’re good.
Of course, no dinner party is complete without a good dessert, so let me recommend my Cranachan recipe to you that I posted last year: a heavenly combination of whipped cream, oats, whisky, honey and (Scottish) raspberries. Omnomnom…
And it’s been a while since I posted a play list, mostly because my external hard drive, which housed my iTunes music collection, died and I just haven’t found the time to re-rip all my CDs. But no Scottish celebration without some music, so here’s a little collection of both Burns’ songs and other Scottish tunes to get you going:
- Slave’s Lament – Chantan
- Charlie Is My Darling – Eddi Reader
- The Soldier’s Return – Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan
- Wild Fiddler’s Rag – Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley*
- Om my luve’s like a red, red rose – Davy Steele
- Ye Banks and Braes – The Cast
- Thaney – Malinky*
- Three Craws – The Singing Kettle*
- Hamnataig – Fiddler’s Bid*
- Willie Stewart/ Mollie Rankine – Eddi Reader
- A Man’s A Man For A’ That – Emily Smith & Jame McClennan
- Auld lang syne – Ronnie Browne
* These four tracks are not Burns songs, although Thaney is also sung in Scots and Three Craws is a traditional Scots children’s song. The Wrigley Sisters are from the Orkney and Fiddler’s Bid from the Shetland Islands, neither of which were traditionally Scots speaking.