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Poem for the Day

Posted: 8 January 2013

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

If
Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936

Down to Earth!

Posted: 8 January 2013

A couple of years ago I was playing at a concert and some children had got hold of some of my promotional postcards and were asking me to sign them.  Great for the ego, and dont let anyone tell you anything different!  Later on, however, my wife told me that she saw two young girls looking at the postcards and comparing signatures and heard one of them say, "Yes, but is he the REAL Bill Adair!"  Nothing like being brought back to earth with a thump!

Robert Burns for the 21st Century

Posted: 18 December 2012

Recording has started for this project at Red Eye Studios in Clydebank in conjunction with Glasgow University and it is hope that mastering will be completed by early 2013.

Robert Burns for the 21st century

Posted: 21 November 2012

Robert Burns for the 21st century

Robert Burns for the 21st century

Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century

The Centre for Robert Burns Studies at Glasgow University recently secured a major AHRC research grant to produce a multi-volume edition of Robert Burns's work, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

The project, 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century', began in 2009, the 250th anniversary of the poet's birth, and will take at least 15 years to complete.

Following his performance at the recent Robert Burns Symposium at Glasgow University, Bill is pleased to announce that he has been invited to record some new versions of the songs of Burns.  Dates have been arranged and recording should be completed by the end of the year.

www.gla.ac.uk/editingrobertburnsforthe21stcentury/

 

Along the Miners Rows Commemorates Mining Disaster

Posted: 29 May 2012

Along the Miners Rows

Along the Miners Rows

 

On the 18th of September 1959, smoke and fumes from an underground fire at Auchengeich Colliery in the small North Lanarkshire mining community of Bridgend caused 47 miners to lose their lives in what was the worst mining accident in Scotland in the 20th century.

Written and released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Auchengeich Mining disaster in 1959 the album contains such tracks as 'Along The Miners' Rows', 'How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live' and 'The Day That All The Lights Went Out'.

Along The Miners' Rows not only commemorates the disaster, but also portrays a way of life and a community spirit that today has all but gone.

Full Track Listing

  • Playground Chorus
  • Along The Miners' Rows
  • Where Can A Miner Go?
  • Blind Mary
  • Digging Coal
  • Pithead Moan
  • How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live
  • Jean Murray Ballantyne
  • The Miner's Widow's Lament
  • Along The Miners' Rows (Reprise)
  • The Day That All The Lights Went Out
 

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