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Toils Obscure. Songs by Robert Burns

by Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars

A collection of the songs of Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet, played on bluegrass instruments.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rantin', rovin' Robin
2:29 $0.99
2. Rob Mossgiel
2:06 $0.99
3. Green grow the rashes
2:08 $0.99
4. Bard of no regard
3:13 $0.99
5. Hughie Graham
2:45 $0.99
6. Willie brew'd a peck o' maut
2:56 $0.99
7. The lea-rig
3:20 $0.99
8. Bonnie Doon
2:29 $0.99
9. Collier Laddie
2:06 $0.99
10. Crowdie
1:58 $0.99
11. For a' that
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Album Notes
Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars play the music of the 18th century Scots poet Robert Burns, as well as other old time bluegrass and folk tunes. Some members of the band have been performing together for over 25 years. One of their better known projects was the seminal 1980's Athens dance/pop band The Squalls who were featured in the movie Athens, GA inside/out. The Squalls released a single, an ep and 2 albums.

The March 2004 release by Bob Hay & the Jolly Beggars of "Toils Obscure. Songs by Robert Burns" has been receiving some airplay nationally on primarily folk programming. "Bard of No Regard" from this CD has been chosen to appear on the 2005 AthFest Compilation which will be released on June 23 in conjunction with AthFest.

Robert Burns, the renowned Scottish national poet, was also a writer, editor and collector of 370 songs which range from the political to some of the most romantic ever written. He lived during the Scottish Enlightenment which had a direct impact on the thinking of America's early political leaders and on documents such as the Declaration of Independence. Robert Burns achieved rock star status in Edinburgh with the publication of Poems, Chiefly in the Scots Dialect after overcoming his humble beginnings as the son of a poor farmer. His poetry was wildly popular with every sector of society and he began work on the Scots Musical Museum with his friend James Johnson which continued until his early death at the age of 37.

Despite two centuries passing, the songs of Robert Burns still sparkle with good humor, frank honesty, and decent humanity, with their inspired lyrics so well matched to their charming melodies.

Vocals, banjo, guitar on last 3 tracks: Bob Hay
Mandolin, backing vocals: Bill David
Guitar: Dave Dowless
Double Bass, backing vocals: Ken Starratt
Fiddle, backing vocals: Diana Torell
Percussion: Brian Crum

Recorded at Full Moon Studios, Watkinsville, Georgia, USA
Engineer: Mark Smith
Mixed by: Mark Smith & Bob Hay
Production Manager: Vanessa Briscoe Hay
Photography: Rene Tewksbury



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Edward Burke, WORLD MD

Beautiful Bluegrass Burns Interpretations
Scotland\'s most famous poet of antiquity gets the bluegrass treatment in this rough-around-the-edges-but-not-without-heart album from Bob Hay and Company. With arrangements which wouldn\'t have been out of place on the movie \"O Brother Where Art Thou\", Burns\' poetry is heightened with a lively, folksy edge which renders the music fit for Celtic and bluegrass fans alike. Performances of note on the album are Bill David\'s mandolin work, Hay\'s plucky banjo, and his slight vocal twang. Needless to say it sounds like he is definately at home in bluegrass music.
Tracks not too miss are \"For a\'That\" and \"Bard of No Regard\", both of which have the same melody, and seem to comment on the human experience....indeed these are my two favorite tracks on the album. Brian Crum adds great perucssion work to the upbeat \"Rantin\', Rovin\', Robin\', and Hay holds his own on solo guitar on \"Collier Laddie\", and \"For a\'That\".
Those wishing an introduction to the poetry of Robbie Burns could do not better then this highly-accessbile recording. Also reccomended is The Jolly Beggars\' other album: \"Tam Lin, and Other Songs by Robert Burns\".

Michael Andrews

Anyone who's paid attention to Athens, Ga.: Inside/Out might not expect former members of Athens spazz-dance troupe the Squalls to offer up this straight-faced collection of olde-time folk tunes. However, that's exactly what we've got: 11 tracks of drinkin', letchin' scufflin' and dyin' all from the pen of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Singer/ banjo man Hay is joined by fellow Squalls Ken Starratt (bass) and Diana Torell (fiddle), along with Dave Dowless (guitar) and Bill David (mandolin); this project started out as a gang of friends trading old folk tunes and reels around Starratt's kitchen table, and it feels as down-home as it sounds.
From the good pick and kick of "Rob Mossgiel" to the beautiful refrain of "Bard of No Regard," Hay and his Beggars have diehard folkie fun with the often dour-themed material and it's damned near impossible to not either tap your toes or get the urge to raise a pint to them and theirs. So, if you're like me and actually liked the Mighty Wind soundtrack rather than simply the idea of it, then you're sure to flip your fizzywig over what the Jolly Beggars have to offer.