ROBBIE ROCKS 2017
The results are in. Malcolm Gordon and Andrew Farray won in the Open Section with “Open the Door to Me”. Youth Section winners are Ryan Ruans Everyth!ng with “Ae Fond Kiss”. The Peoples Choice Award goes to Queen Abe of the Scots for their version of “Comin’ Through The Rye”. Congratulations! Well done!
Ae Fond Kiss
In December 2015, inspired by Robbie Rocks Dunedin 2015, a contest hosted by Toitu Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin, Zelle Records released an LP dedicated to the great Scottish bard Robert Burns (1759-1796) whose statue in the Octagon is one of Dunedin’s most prominent landmarks and whose nephew Thomas Burns (1796-1871) was one of the founding fathers of Dunedin, the “Edinburgh of the South”.
Similar to Toitu, whose curator Seán Brosnahan has been very supportive of our idea, we invited Dunedinites or musicians with a Dunedin background to record their very own version of a Robert Burns song. Robert Burns not only created wonderful poetry, he also wrote next to 200 songs and set them to music. The reactions to our initial summoning call in the spring of 2014 were overwhelmingly positive, and the album, entitled Ae Fond Kiss (klick for full track list), was released in November 2015, in cooperation with Dunedinmusic.com.
My Bonie Bell
Encouraged by the relative success of Ae Fond Kiss, in February 2016 we decided to do a follow-up album, i.e. another LP of Robbie Burns songs interpreted and recordeded by Dunedinites and in loose cooperation with Toitu‘s Robbie Rocks. The deadline was 15 June 2016, and we are happy to say that indeed most of the tracks are in. Again, the album will feature artists from various generations including quite well known musicians who have had a distinguished career and young talent from the vibrant local scene.
On board for My Bonie Bell:
Darryl Baser, Jay Clarkson, Bill Direen, Lachie Hayes, David Mitchell (The 3Ds, The Ghostclub, Leather Apron, Evil) Roy Møller (from Edinburgh), The Tarseals (i. e. Eden Smith, who was a Robbie Rocks 2016 finalist with his band Paper Mountains), Partial Fancies (open category winners Robbie Rocks 2016), Mike Puke, Quibokk (aka Tim Bennett), Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats, The Magick Heads, &c.), The Sharma Brothers (Aaron Sharma, aka A.J. Sharma; Mark Sharma – The David Lynch Mob; Robin Sharma – Seafog), Strang’s Strings & Co. (youth category winners Robbie Rocks 2016), Bridget Telfer (Robbie Rocks 2016 finalist).
Artwork by Emma Milburn
Partial Fancies: Ae Fond Kiss (Robbie Rocks 2016 open section winners)
Strang’s Strings & Co.: Ae Fond Kiss (Robbie Rocks 2016 youth section winners)
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[Read the original ODT report about the unveiling.]