Fergusson’s Auld Reekie

For naught can cheer the heart sae weil

As can a canty Highland reel

It even vivifies the heel

To skip and dance

Lifeless is he what canna feel

Its influence

(R. Fergusson: The Daft Days)

A terrific evening of poetry and music in the will feature recitations by acclaimed broadcaster and author Billy Kay, interwoven with musical contributions by Rod Paterson along with some of Scotland’s finest folk instrumentalists. The programme will be based on Fergusson’s Auld Reekie, a compilation album of music and poetry which creates such a vivid portrait of 18th century Edinburgh.

Fergusson was born off the High Street in Edinburgh in 1750 and died tragically young in the city’s madhouse in 1774. Burns described ham as ‘by far my elder brother in the muse’.’

This event is part of Celidh Culture, Edinburgh’s annual¬†showcase of the traditional arts.

Central Reference Library, George IV Bridge,  Friday 9 April 2010, 7pm

For ticket information contact The Central Music and Audio Library on 0131 242 8054 or garry.gale@edinburgh.gov.uk

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