Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns was a passionate man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, and he used his skill and technique with words to portray his greatest loves in life through the magic of poetry and music.
Robert Burns: Work, Sex, Drink is a moving documentary that pays tribute to the Bard, through performances of Rabbie’s greatest works.A true legend still to this day, Burns used his poetry as an outlet for his deep passions in life, documenting his ups and downs in life.
He was a well-known ladies man, and love proved to be one of the main topics for Burns’ works, so he wrote many songs about the ladies who touched his life, including My Love is Like a Red Red Rose.
Of course it wasn’t just the love of a beautiful woman that Burns enjoyed; he was also extremely passionate about Scotland, a country full of stunning countryside, which he wrote about in his song The Lea Rig.
In Robert Burns: Work, Sex, Drink, folk performer Jim Malcolm performs the moving song on the guitar. Other classics taken on by modern day performers, who are still being influenced by the great Burns to this very day, included the Burns Strathspey and Reels, played on the fiddle, and his classic, Ae Fond Kiss, performed by musicians including Sheena Wellington, Karine Polwart and Gordon Duncan, on the the guitar, violin, bagpipes.
The Bard’s work also touches the younger generation, which is proven in this programme when The Young Fife Roadshow perform The Golden Spurtle dance in Rabbie’s honour.
One thing that this piece of work proves is clear – that Burns’ prolific career and impact on Scotland still touches the world today, and will continue to do so.
A TOAST TO THE BARD: