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Monday, 4 March 2013

Fred Freeman - Recordings of Burns and Tannahill Songs

If you were at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Exchange Talk this evening, you may be keen to hear the recordings that Dr Fred Freeman was talking about.  It will have come as a surprise to many that Tannahill wrote songs with an Irish theme, as well as his many Scottish poems.

We have all three of his Tannahill recordings in the Whittaker Library - see here.

We also have his Robert Burns recordings - see here.

If you're interested in the old music publications that Fred referred to, we commend Geor Thomson's Scottish songbooks and R. A. Smith's Scotish Minstrel books, of which we have examples in our Special Collections.  See our catalogue!

Paisley poet weaver Robert Tannahill had a tragically short life, but his output made a huge impact. You can find a lot of digitised Tannahill material on

Another scholar who has worked on Tannahill's poetic contribution is Jim Ferguson, whose PhD at the University of Glasgow was a study of Tannahill's correspondence.  You can read this online, here:-

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