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A Tribute to Rabbie Burns On His 265th Birthday

Rabbie BurnsWillie Drennan
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Quest For Liberty 2024.

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Journey of the Ulster Muse

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Journey of the Ulster Muse.


A musical journey, from ancient times to the present, exploring crossovers and influences from near and far.


The journey explains how music was inspired and shared through migration of people and the movement of soldiers, sailors, wandering minstrels and harpers.


It is where traditional Ulster-Scots meets other traditions before the Muse transcends and takes us via Rock 'n Roll to another zone.


It is where traditional flute, fiddle, bagpipes and traditional dance meets rock guitar and Lambeg drum.


Music, song, dance, storytelling and history all in the one show.


Created and performed by Willie Drennan, with fellow traditional musicians and special guest performers.


Willie Drennan Band. Wired Up Again.

A fusion of Ulster Folk and Blues/Rock.

Collaboration between Willie Drennan and David McClean.  Going down a different road.

FolkyBilly RocknRoll is on the Wired Up Again CD and on the Quest for Liberty 2024 CD



A performance of music, song and recitation and storytelling



Rabbie Burns (1759 – 1796) may be recognised as the Scottish National Bard but during his lifetime his works were very popular in Ulster. Generations ever since have passed on his poetry and song.


This performance will provide insight into why the Scottish bard is still revered this side of the Irish Sea. There will be reference to Burns the man of wit and insight; the farmer, the patriot, the revolutionary, the Free-Mason, the exciseman, the soldier, the lover of women, the challenger of church and state, and the imbiber of whisky for medicinal purposes.


Willie grew up in rural County Antrim where the popular songs of Burns were often songs and his poems often recited and since his teenage years has been an enthusiast of the works of the Scottish bard. Willie first created a stage show on the works of Burns in Nova Scotia in 1996. Entitled ‘Burns: A Man For A’ That’. This show toured Eastern Canada to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Burns and was also recorded for a CBC radio show and broadcast across Canada.


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