Actor Sam Heughan, best known for his role as Jamie Fraser in Outlander TV show (Starz), has lent his voice for two special Burns Night poetry recitals. He has recorded two of the Bard’s most well-known poems ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and ‘Red, Red Rose’.
The first recording was released this week and the second will be revealed on Burns Night – Monday 25 January. Both are part of a Scottish Government campaign to honor Robert Burns around the world.
The Bard of Ayrshire is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. In fact, he is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language, although he also wrote in standard English. He is regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and a great source of inspiration to the founders of liberalism and socialism around the world.
Furthermore, Scottish government is encouraging people to take a selfie with a Burns statue or a Burns-related item. The selfie, or ‘Burnsie,’ can also include a Burns bust, a painting, book of poems, or even a traditional Burns Night supper of haggis, or anything that symbolizes the great poet.
Sam Heughan and Robert Burns. Scotland rocks this month! Listen to this!
These ‘Burnsies’ will be collated into a massive mosaic image of Robert Burns and will be shared on the About Scotland social media channels and www.scotland.org website on Burns Night.
Robert Burns fans can submit their ‘Burnsie’ until midnight on January 24, 2016.
“When I feel my Muse beginning to jade, I retire to the solitary fireside of my study, and there commit my effusions to paper, swinging, at intervals, on the hind-legs of my elbow chair, by way of calling forth my own critical strictures, as my, pen goes.” Robert Burns.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!