Scottish Heritage

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Anyone who sang "Auld Lang Syne" on New Year's Eve sang the words of Robert Burns. Suppers celebrating the Scottish poet have been a global tradition since his death in 1796, and the Western Kentucky Highland Society continues the tradition in Murray on January 23. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with proud Scotsman Robert Valentine about Burns, 'neeps and tatties' and a poem about haggis.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

West Kentucky Highland Society hosts the annual dinner tribute to the immortal work of the legendary Scots bard, Robert "Rabbie" Burns, Saturday, January 24 at Murray Woman's Club. Festival spokesperson and supper 'compere' Robert Valentine stops by Sounds Good to talk about the poet's views on equality, the toast to the lassies and why haggis might actually be appetizing.

The Murray Highland Festival is Saturday, October 25th, and its Master of Ceremonies, Robert Valentine, brings news of the clans, kilts, Ceilidh, competitions and more. He says the kilt is optional, but it'd be very cold without one. Kate Lochte joins Valentine on Sounds Good to learn more about the games and Murray's Scottish heritage.

On the eve of Scotland's historic vote for independence, we gain a perspective on the referendum from one of our region's outstanding Scottish Americans, Robert Valentine, also a faculty member of the Murray State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Valentine about his thoughts on the vote and its implications for the UK and abroad.

West Kentucky Highland Games bring Scottish Heritage alive in Murray this weekend with games, arts, and sports. Its Master of Ceremonies Robert Valentine brings the details to Sounds Good.