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Robert Burns Series

Robert Burns Series

Linn's landmark project to record every song written or edited by Robert Burns: the only series of its kind in the world.



My heart's in the Highlands
My heart's in the Highlands
Experience the very best songs of Robert Burns, brought to life on this delightful disc. 

AKD 269  

The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 12
The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 12
The final volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' compendium. Includes My bonnie lass. 

CKD 201  

The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 10
The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 10
The tenth volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' compendium. Includes Adown Winding Nith. 

CKD 199  

The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 11
The Complete Songs of Robert Burns Volume 11
The eleventh volume and a double disc set from the Complete Songs of Robert Burns compendium. 

CKD 811  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 9
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 9
The ninth volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns'. Includes My heart's in the Highlands. 

CKD 156  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 8
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 8
The eighth volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' compendium. Includes Ae Fond Kiss. 

CKD 143  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 7
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 7
The seventh volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns'. Includes Charlie, He's My Darling. 

CKD 107  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 6
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 6
The sixth volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' compendium. Includes Awa, Whigs, Awa!. 

CKD 099  

Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne
A collection of popular songs from the first five volumes of 'The Complete Songs of Robert Burns'. 

CKD 088  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 5
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 5
The fifth volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns'. Includes A Man's A Man For A' That. 

CKD 086  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 4
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 4
The 4th volume from the Complete Songs of Robert Burns. Includes 'O my luve’s like a red, red rose.' 

CKD 804  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 3
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 3
The third volume from the 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' compendium. Includes Auld Lang Syne. 

CKD 062  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 2
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 2
The second volume from the Complete Songs of Robert Burn' compendium. Includes 'Scots wha hae'. 

CKD 802  

The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 1
The Complete Songs Of Robert Burns Volume 1
The first volume from the unique Complete Songs of Robert Burns compendium. Includes 'Sweet Afton'. 

CKD 801  

Robert Burns


Robert Burns was born at Alloway, near Ayr, on January 25, 1759. His father William was a gardener to the Provost of Ayr. Robert was educated briefly at John Murdoch's school in Alloway and later in Ayr.

Family financial worries forced Burns to work as a farm labourer, and it was while thus occupied that he met his first love, Nelly Kirkpatrick. She inspired him to try his hand at poetry, a song entitled O, once I lov'd a bonnie lass, set to the tune of a traditional reel.

The first published work of poetry by Robert Burns was "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" which saw the light of day on 31 July 1786. This collection of verse contained many of Burn's best works, including To a Mouse, and The Holy Fair.

The success of "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect" convinced Burns to abandon plans to emigrate to Jamaica. Buoyed by his burgeoning reputation as an unschooled ‘ploughman poet', Burns moved to Edinburgh and became part of the thriving cultural scene there.

He was unable to find a patron to support his writing, but publisher James Johnson gave him work editing a collection of Scottish folk songs. This work, titled "The Scots Musical Museum", was published in 5 volumes over sixteen years. Burns himself contributed over 150 songs, including Auld Lang Syne, a reworking of an earlier folk song of unknown origin.

Burns and his wife Jean moved to Mauchline, where in 1790 he produced "Tam o' Shanter", which was first published merely as an accompaniment to an illustration of Alloway Kirk, in a volume of "Antiquities of Scotland". The growing Burns family moved again, this time to Dumfries.

Burns contributed 114 songs to "A Select Collection Of Scottish Airs" by George Thomson, but he received very little payment for his efforts. In 1795, Burns was inspired by the events of the French Revolution to write A Man's A Man For a' that, his cry for human equality.

One year later, on July 21, 1796, Burns was dead of rheumatic fever.

Read an essay on "The Complete Songs of Robert Burns" by Producer Dr Fred Freeman.

Scotsman Readers Vote for "Ae Fond Kiss"
23 January 2009
Linn Records Robert Burns series featured in vote.
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The Telegraph
a marvellous tribute
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Soundstage website
A rare gem to cherish for its own inherent beauty.
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The Edinburgh Guide
it's not only Burns to be celebrated but also every single person involved in this must-have Burns collection
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Inverness Courier
For anyone with the kind of interest in the Scottish tradition or Robert Burns, this is an essential purchase
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Scot Magazine
an event of stunning significance for Scottish traditional music
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The Kilt and Harp
Burns would have liked this.


Albuquerque Journal
Add this to your collection of Celtic recordings.


The Scotsman
Magnificent project


The Scotsman
5 Stars
Is there a better, warmer, more soulful version anywhere of My Luve's Like a Red, Red Rose? I doubt it.


Dirty Linen
The calibre of the performers and of the material makes this disc shine.


The List
very effective settings
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Musical Opinion
A refreshing surprise.


The Standard
the definitive collection
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Froots
a landmark piece of work
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Folk Roots
An absolute gem from Linn Records.
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Yorkshire Evening Press
the beauty shine[s] through
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Washington Post
This is music of great variety
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The Folk Diary
this one stands head and shoulders above the others
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BBC Music Magazine
A delightful cornucopia of excellent, often hauntingly authentic performances.


Irish Post
The simple but powerful arrangements on this volume breathe life into the poetry.


Philadelphia Inquirer
the singers find spirit in all of them
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Northern Echo (Darlington)
A marvellous collection
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Folk On
A fine piece of work and most definitely not to be missed.


The Scotsman
some great songs
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Sunday Herald
Burns sung and played as you have never heard him before
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Mail on Sunday
Listening to these recordings has been a revelation
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The Herald
Robust, rugged, feisty, gentle and warm
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The Living Tradition
A delightful album. Unreservedly recommended.


Folk Roots
A superb album


Rock'n'Reel
Auld Lang Syne restores Robert Burns' work to its rightful importance
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Traditional Music Maker
a wonderful selection of songs, sung by a variety of great voices
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Rock & Reel
A valuable addition to any collection.
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BBC Music Magazine
...hauntingly authentic...
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