As part of the Celtic Connections ‘Whisper the Song’ series of events celebrating Scotland’s Year of Storytelling, The Scottish World brings music, poetry, story and song celebrating the Scottish diaspora and its influence all over the world. Among the highlights which captivated a sell-out audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival were the hymn “Alteren’s Sacrament” by 17th century Norwegian poet Petter Dass, son of Peter Dundas from Dundee, translated back into Dass’s ither mither tongue, Scots, by Kay; the North East song from the Peninsular War, “The Forfar Sojer”; songs of exile like “The Sun Rises Bright in France” and the Scots Canadian classic written by a Borders shepherd, “The Scarboro Settlers Lament.”
Billy Kay, charismatic and eloquent, writer, performer and broadcaster, is one of the great chroniclers of Scottish language and culture, and will be joined by singer Robyn Stapleton among other special guests.
'Scottish World' is the fruit of much research and thinking on Scotland's contribution to the world through it's greatest export - its people. Jam-packed with historical anecdote and appropriate songs, this is a well-tempered account of Scots men and women's contribution in lands other than their own.Part of Scotland's Year of Stories 2022 Programme