The Paisley weaver poet and songwriter: celebrating Robert Tannahill

Celebrate Robert Tannahill, the Paisley weaver poet and songwriter, with this talk and live musical illustrations from Professor Fred Freeman. Dissenting from prevailing notions that label Tannahill as ‘sweetly sentimental,’ Freeman’s lecture positions him as a major poet who expanded the tradition of British ‘rationalist’ pastoralism. The lecture explores the significance of traditional Scottish musical forms, including jigs and reels, by delving into the intricate fusion of words and music in Tannahill’s compositions. Freeman also probes Tannahill’s role in Scotland’s multicultural context.

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