This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 3/05
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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For a guy over 200 years old, Robbie Burns still gets around
First, we had Eddi Reader's "Sings The Songs Of Robert
Burns" and now Bob Hay and The Jolly Beggars with another collection of
Burns compositions. Despite his death at age 37, the creative
prolificness of this Scottish composer is given tribute by the fact
that there are no duplicate songs on
these separate releases.
Borne out of Hay's one-man-show "Bobby Burns One," this
production is different than most because of the stringed instrument
bonanza that is the essence here.
Hay's vocals are adequate but a translation of some of dialect Burns
used is sometimes needed for understanding. Having written that, the genealogical phrase 'kith and
kin,' used in the compelling ballad "Hughie Graham," always charms me.
"Rantin' rovin' Robin" is the opener, a great choice because
its rhythm immediately invades the listener's body and forces movement.
Curiously, the cut 'Bard of no regard" has both the same rhythm
and a repeat of some of the same phrases as the final selection "For a'
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