A guid sang

The Scots language and songwriting are inseparable from each other, producing many of Scotland’s best loved songs. And it is a song in Scots which after Happy Birthday is officially the world’s second-most-sung song – Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne.

What Can A Young Lassie

Robert Burns (1759–96) wrote a vast number of songs. Enjoy his comic piece about a young girl married to a much older man. It's performed by Aspograss.

  What Can a Young Lassie (Aspograss) (3 MB)

  PDF file: What Can A Young Lassie (10 KB)

Freedom Come-All-Ye

Hamish Henderson (1919–2002) was a soldier, folklorist and respected poet who wrote his famous international anthem for freedom in bold uncompromising Scots. Performed by Jim Reid.

  Freedom Come All Ye (Jim Reid) (3.6 MB)

  PDF file: Freedom Come-All-Ye (10 KB)

Peterheid Fisherman's Wife

A lively Aberdeenshire song which records the experiences of being a fisherman’s wife. Performed by Tryst.

  Peterhead Fisherman's Wife (Tryst) (2.4 MB)

  PDF file: Peterheid Fisherman's Wife lyrics (13 KB)

Winter Sun

Contemporary Scots singers Gill Bowman and Karine Polwart’s haunting song about the life of a female coal miner in the early 19th century.

  Winter Sun (MacAlias, Bowman and Polwart) (3.9 MB)

  PDF file: Winter Sun (10 KB)