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January 27, Folk DJ Burns Special with Hector Gilchrist, also featuring Alistair Russell - hour two

January 27, Folk DJ Burns Special with Hector Gilchrist, also featuring Alistair Russell - hour two

In the second hour, I phoned up Alistair Russell, who is performing at Uxbridge Folk Club on the 31st of January. He told me about his many travels with the legendary Battlefield Band, explained why he loves touring in Germany, and talked about his current musical life - a bit less hectic and all-over-the-globe, yet still very busy and rewarding. He only ever plays the songs that 'grab' him - no doubt they grab the audience, too! For the rest of the hour, I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Hector Gilchrist, my special studio guest, and was really sad when the time ran out. (photo of Alistair from his website, www.alistairrussell.co.uk)

Comments

Daria Kulesh

Dear Archie, thank you! Wish I had more time to talk about Burns in Russia, time just ran out, lol! xx

Archie Macaulay

You did a grand job Daria, but with your Russian birth and background, it not surprising when you look at Burns influence in Russia - Wikipedea extract:

Burns became the "people's poet" of Russia. In Imperial Russia Burns was translated into Russian and became a source of inspiration for the ordinary, oppressed Russian people. In Soviet Russia, he was elevated as the archetypal poet of the people. As a great admirer of the egalitarian ethos behind the American and French Revolutions who expressed his own egalitarianism in poems such as his "Birthday Ode for George Washington" or his "Is There for Honest Poverty" (commonly known as "A Man's a Man for a' that"), Burns was well placed for endorsement by the Communist regime as a "progressive" artist. A new translation of Burns begun in 1924 by Samuil Marshak proved enormously popular, selling over 600,000 copies.[46] The USSR honoured Burns with a commemorative stamp in 1956. He remains popular in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.[47]