Anglo-Irishman Posted September 21, 2012 Share Posted September 21, 2012 (edited) Friends, I'm booked to do the musical side of a Burns Supper here in southwest Germany in January, and I've decided that this is the opportunity to go public with my Crane Duet. Yes, I know Burns' lyrics predate the invention of the concertina, but I find the duet concertia more suitable for art songs of the Classical/Romantic period that my alternatives, banjo or guitar. I've already identified a few suitable art songs for concertina accompaniment: Ae fond kiss Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon The lea rig (My ain kind dearie, o) A man's a man for a' that My love is like a red, red rose And a couple of Burns' versions of folk songs of his day: MacPherson's Lament Ye Jacobites by name The last two are now very much part of modern "pan-Celtic" folk music, so I'd accompany them on the banjo. So vocally, I'll be alternating between "Kenneth MacKellar mode" and "The Corries mode." Has anyone got any more suggestions for songs that are "essentially Burns" - either as art songs or folk songs? Ah, yes! Then there's the piping in of the Haggis! We may be able to get a piper, but if not, and if I have to do it, what would you consider the better substitute - a tin whistle, or the Crane with drones on the left and the tune on the right? And are there any tunes that are typically used at this point in the proceedings? And what would you regard as "the essence of Burns?" I ask this because I'll probably have to do the literery side of the Burns Supper as well, because (as an Ulsterman who went to primary school in the Scottish Highlands) I'm the only one around here who can more or less get his tongue around the Broad Scots texts. Thanks in advance, Cheers, John Edited September 21, 2012 by Anglo-Irishman Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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