Video: Burns’ documentary will look at poet’s musical background

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A screening of a trilingual documentary on the life of famous Scot Robert Burns, looking at his musical history, will take place at Linda Ervine’s Irish language centre in east Belfast.

‘Robert Burns’, which will be broadcast on TG4 on Saturday at 9.20pm, will be given a special screening at the East Belfast Mission in the Skainos Centre on Friday, the eve of Burns night.

Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Focusing on the poet’s songwriting and composing talents, the programme makers said Burns classed himself as a musician first and poet second.

Young Belfast based singer Gráinne Holland performs Burns’ version of Auld Lang Syne at the end of the programme, with the documentary also featuring five additional songs from the Scotsman that relate to different periods of his short and interesting life.

Producer Deaglán Ó Mocháin said: “The content of the film addresses her cross cultural concerns between Irish, Scots and Scots Gaelic.”

Burns, the bard of Scotland, died aged just 37 in 1796, but the programme aims to present what is termed his “remarkable” life from his impoverished childhood, to his womanising ways, political writing and influence on Ireland.

The programme was funded mainly with the help of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund, which is a sister fund to the Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund.

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