This exciting venture is devised by Hands Up For Trad as part of their ongoing Scotland Sings activities. We’ve commissioned some of Scotland’s best songwriters to take a fresh look at Robert Burns’ work and write a contemporary song in response to it. These songs have been arranged for choirs and harmony singers and are being taught at our annual Renewing The Tradition workshops each year in February. The end product of this project will be 12 brand new songs inspired by Burns in Scots, English and Gaelic.
The project will end in February 2018 with the last of the songs being taught at workshops in Ayrshire, Argyle and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Highlands and Scottish Borders. This year’s songs are by Karine Polwart, Alex Hodgson and Rachel Walker. They will be added to songs from Findlay Napier, Kim Edgar, Alyth McCormack, Eilidh Mackenzie, Dave Frances and Mairi Campbell, Eric Bogle and Penny Stone.
Over the next few months we will be uploading recordings and lyrics for each of our commissions starting with