OverviewRobert Burns is called the world’s foremost poet of love; yet in of all of his poems written in Scots, there is but one which can be described as a romantic verse to or about a woman. All of his love lyrics were songs, composed to preexisting melodies. He composed verse in both Scots and English, but his great poetry is in Scots; not the Gaelic of the Highlands, but Lallans (lowlands), broad Scots. Andrew Calhoun has translated these poems into a Burns-era, Scottish-flavored English and collected them together for the first time as a near complete set of Burns' Scots poems. These poems, accessible to any educated reader of English, provide a window on his life and thought. Many were written as verse letters to friends. With his prose “Letter to John Moore,” included in Warlock Rhymer, they comprise something of an autobiography.
Reviews"Andew Calhoun is a master at story songs . . . Like the best novelists, he is able to assume different personas and see the world through other people's eyes." —June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune
"[Calhoun] is blessed with a resonant baritone, crystalline finger picking, and a writer's ear." —The Oregonian
"[Calhoun] goes an awfully long way toward overturning the prevalent image of folksingers trying to live in a past that never was." —Renaldo Migaldi, Chicago Reader
Author BiographyAndrew Calhoun is a singer-songwriter, poet, and author who has toured internationally, performing at folk clubs, festivals, pubs, and house concerts. He has released thirteen albums and has published two books of poetry, Hay and Twenty-Four Poems, and one of humor, The Trilogy Trilogy. He lives in Chicago.