Scotland’s greatest poet was a man of modest means, possessed of “mither wit and native fire”. Burns’ short yet dramatic life (1759 – 1796) and collected works are reflective of the turbulent years following the Jacobite Uprising of 1745. 

Through song & verse penned by the bard himself, Bruce Coughlan reveals much about this legendary man, his humility, humanity, passion, compassion, humour & insight. 

The Performers

Bruce Coughlan: vocals, oration & open-tuning guitar (DADGAD) 
Bruce has been performing Scots music for decades, he’s toured Scotland on more than a dozen occasions, immersing and engaging with the Celtic Music Culture, and sharing his original ballads about great Scots in Western Canadian History. 

Daniel Lapp: fiddle & piano 
As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, the United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with many renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies.  

Renè Cusson: pipes & whistles 
René was a founding member of the City of Victoria Pipe Band. He is also an alumnus of the Simon Fraser University Band. René has performed with a variety of musicians including fiddler, Wendy MacIsaac and Beolach, The Cottars, folk icon, Eileen McGann as well as the Cape Breton supergroup The Barra MacNeils. René had the good fortune to participate as a musician on Eileen McGann's Juno-nominated, 2002 album, Beyond the Storm.