My Bonie Bell
The Boosted campaign to raise NZ$1,000 in donations towards the release of My Bonie Bell has been successful. Thanks to Annette Lingg, Stefan Frey, Christian Straetz, Michael Wilde, Markus Böggemann, Lee Martelli-Wood and all those anonymous donors for helping out. We’ll keep you posted.
Encouraged by the relative success of our first Robbie Burns comp, Ae Fond Kiss (scroll down for more info on Ae Fond Kiss), that came out in November 2015, we decided three months later to do a follow-up album, i.e. another LP of Robbie Burns songs interpreted and recorded by Dunedinites and in loose cooperation with Toitu‘s Robbie Rocks competition. The deadline was 15 June 2016, and we are happy to say that indeed all 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.
The My Bonie Bell artists:
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).
Cover design by Mark Sharma, original artwork by Emma Milburn
- The Sharma Bros: Her Daddie Forbade 5.52
- Bridget Telfer: Afton Water 4.08
- Bill Direen: Oh 88! 2.01
- Quibbok: The Fall of the Leaf 3.34
- Strang’s Strings & Co: Ae Fond Kiss 4.03
- Lachie Hayes: O That I Had Ne’er Been Married 1.55
- Robert Scott: My Bonie Bell 3.30
- The Tarseals: Coming Through the Rye 3.34
- Mike Puke: The Charming Month of May 4.13
- Darryl Baser: Banks of the Bonnie Doon 3.18
- Roy Møller: The Fall of the Leaf 2.40
- Partial Fancies: Ae Fond Kiss 4.04
- David Mitchell: Death At C 4.43
- Jay Clarkson: Farewell To the Highlands 3:09
Robert Scott: My Bonie Bell
Partial Fancies: Ae Fond Kiss (Robbie Rocks 2016 open section winners)
Strang’s Strings & Co.: Ae Fond Kiss (Robbie Rocks 2016 youth section winners)
Bill Direen: Oh 88!
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[Read the original ODT report of the unveiling of the Robbie Burns statue in the Octagon.]
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.