Celebrating the Bard’s birthday Nashville style

One of Scotland's finest and best loved traditional Gaelic singers Cathy Ann MacPhee features in the Bard's Nashville birthday party with BBC ALBA.
One of Scotland's finest and best loved traditional Gaelic singers Cathy Ann MacPhee features in the Bard's Nashville birthday party with BBC ALBA.
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A SPECIAL Robert Burns tribute concert from Nashville, Tennessee, featuring Isle of Barra traditional singer Cathy Ann MacPhee, proves a celebration of the Bard’s birthday.

Hosted by esteemed presenter and musician Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC ALBA’s ‘Rabbie agus Caileagan Nashville – Burbs and the Nashville Lassies’ will bring viewers exclusive performances from popular country and Gaelic singers, as the nation marks the 253rd birthday of the great life and works of Robert Burns.

Filmed at the iconic Country Music Hall, Cathy Ann, one of Scotland’s best loved Traditional Gaelic singers reveals her love of country music when she performs ‘Green Grow The Rushes O’ and ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ in Gaelic.

Backed by top Nashville session musicians and using new arrangements by the artists and musical director Phil Ferns from Scotland, Nashville stars Beth Nielsen Chapman and Suzy Bogguss also give their country take on Burns classics like ‘Ye Bank and Braes’ and ‘Westlin Winds’.

Tayside born fiddle player and singer Laura McGhee joined the bill performing her own versions of songs like ‘McPherson’s Farewell’ and ‘To The Weavers Gin Ye Go’, as well as adding superb fiddle accompaniment to the other songs.

And the backing vocals for the concert are provided by Bluegrass singers The McCarter Twins who have previously performed with Dolly Parton.

‘Rabbie agus Caileagan Nashvillie’ will be broadcast on Burns night – Wednesday January 25 – at 9pm and repeated on Thursday, January 26 at 10.30pm, as well as being able to view via the BBC iPlayer.