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10 tracks to mark... Burns' Night

Proud Scots will be addressing the haggis and reciting poems this weekend as they celebrate Burns' Night.

The day, which pays tribute to Scots poet and songwriter Robert Burns, will be held on Saturday, January 25, the anniversary of his birthday.

To help you prepare for the traditional Burns' Night feast of haggis, neeps and tatties, here are 10 songs inspired by one of Scotland's greatest wordsmiths.

Ay Fond Kiss

Fairground Attraction

This track appeared on the band's 1990 studio album of the same name. The British acoustic group are best known for their hit single Perfect and for launching the career of singer Eddi Reader.

Banks and Braes

Dougie MacLean

This track appeared on two of MacLean's albums, 1980's Snaigow and 1996's Tribute. His song The Gael was adapted by Trevor Jones as the main theme for 1992 film The Last of the Mohicans.

A Red, Red Rose

Camera Obscura

The band recorded this track in 2004 after John Peel asked them to put the poem to music for their third Peel session. They also recorded a version of I Love My Jean for the session.

The Battle O' Sherramuir

Brogue

This track was written by Robert Burns during a tour of the Highlands in 1787. It was first published in The Scots Musical Museum in 1790 and was written to be sung to the Cameronian Rant tune.

Scots Wha' Ha'e

The Real McKenzies

This track appeared on the band's album Clash of the Tartans. Burns originally called the song Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn and said it was inspired by Bruce's struggle for freedom.

Ye Jacobites By Name

Stamp and Go Shanty

This tradition Scottish folk song dates back to the Jacobite Risings. The original track attacked the Jacobites from a Whig perspective, however, in 1791 Robert Burns rewrote it to give it a more general, anti-war outlook.

Auld Lang Syne

Rod Stewart

Written in 1788, this track's title translates to 'old long since' or 'long long ago'. Singing it at Hogmanay has become a Scottish custom. The Scouts also use it to close jamborees and functions.

My Heart's in the Highlands

Kenneth McKellar

Sung by the Scots tenor, this track is based on a Burns poem. McKellar studied forestry at the University of Aberdeen and worked for the Scottish Forestry Commission before becoming an opera singer.

Jamie Come Try Me

Eddi Reader

This track appeared on the 2008 album Eddi Reader sings the songs of Robert Burns. Other tracks on the album include Brose and Butter, Charlie is My Darling, John Anderson My Jo and Dainty Davie.

A Man's a Man for a' That

Ewan MacColl

This track was recorded by the father of singer Kirsty MacColl. The song was written in 1795 by Burns and was sung by Sheena Wellington at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

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