A musician and arranger who covers traditional folk songs and ‘bush ballads’ from Australia’s colonial age, The Queensland Tiger is a rare slice of yesteryear. Dedicated to recording and preserving the classic tales from Australia’s turbulent past, The Queensland Tiger has recently released his own stirring rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’, an enduring Scots poem by the great Robert Burns.
First put to paper by Burns in 1788, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a song that has become synonymous with the New Year, traditionally sung at the conclusion of gatherings and festivities throughout Scotland. Despite the enduring nature of the piece, the tune that echoes Burns’ words is likely not the one that he had originally intended, and The Queensland Tiger’s cover follows close to the now traditional Celtic melody that was revived by Scottish folk singer Eddi Reader in 2003.
A standard in music, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a song with a unique and enduring history, lasting hundreds of years of change and growth, becoming a Scots tradition and embodying the very essence of new beginnings.
In his new recording, The Queensland Tiger has joined forces with Jessie Morgan, a talented singer and violinist, to artfully recreate the epic tale. A rustic duet, the two artists bring their own indelible style to the proceedings, carrying the heart and soul of the song with them in each note. The Queensland Tiger’s vocals are authentic and fittingly rough, conjuring up an atmosphere of yesteryear, and building the foundation of the piece with a string of piano keys. Through the gentle silence Morgan’s vocals and violin strike, creating an impressive contrast to The Queensland Tiger’s lingering tones.
Steeped in history and wrapped in stark traditional sounds, The Queensland Tiger’s revival of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is authentic to a fault, capturing the same emotional weight and timeless folk quality that has made it a lasting and time-honoured tradition.