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John Cairney

John Cairney

John Cairney is considered by many to be the leading interpreter of the works of Robert Burns. He has written three books about Tha Bard - On The Trail of Robert Burns, The Luath Burns Companion and The Immortal Memories of Robert Burns.

In a career that has spanned more than half a century, John Cairney has performed on every kind of stage from London's West End to the garden room of a millionaire's home in Texas, and before every kind of audience from Britain's royal family to a hall full of shipyard workers out on strike in Glasgow. He has worked as actor, recitalist, lecturer, director and theatre consultant, been published as an author and, most recently, exhibited as a painter.

John Cairney, however, is, above everything else, an enthusiast and carries this enthusiasm into everything he does and his work reflects the freedom he has felt throughout fifty full, unbroken years as his own man in every arm of performance in all media. Trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as a classical actor and singer with a natural tenor voice, he had early opportunities to sing in opera or join the Royal Shakespeare Company or the National Theatre, but he elected to go solo and has never regretted it.

This has allowed him to travel around the world regularly and to shape his life as he wanted and not as a conventional career might have demanded. Now, after a full and rewarding career of his own making, he is ready to put a lifetime of theatre knowledge and experience at your disposal.

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