Robert Burns: Putting the Bard’s Poetry to Music is an Exciting Project – Scotsman Commentary
But Eddie Cairney, 69, of Newtyle to Angus, has so far made a total of 892 tracks for the Bard’s lyrics, recording nearly 48 hours of music, and hopes to be finished by March of next year. .
While he started doing it a few years ago, the Covid lockdown has seen him get back to work with renewed vigor and he’s been releasing one album a week since July 2020.
Cairney was previously in a reggae group and thought about giving the tunes a Caribbean flavor – which seems to have been an interesting example of musical ‘fusion’ – but he ultimately decided against the idea and that the songs should sound like something. by Burns. could recognize.
“It was very easy when I started to write music to his lyrics – everything just fits. He wrote them to traditional tunes and a lot of them are gone – no one knows what they are, ”he said.
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Only Tam O’Shanter resisted his efforts, Cairney deciding he “didn’t want to desecrate him.”
The music is available for free online and Cairney has also released musical notation for anyone wishing to make their own recordings of his songs.
So who knows, maybe Rabbie Burns is about to enter the internet age in a new and exciting way.