A SCOTTISH singer-songwriter is showcasing her vocal talent with a rendition of the Robert Burns song As I Was A Wand’ring – which will be released on Burns Night.

To celebrate the release – and the great Bard’s birthday – Amy Papiransky will perform the song for Eddi Reader’s Big Burns Supper alongside a stellar line-up including Reader, KT Tunstall, Skerryvore, Tide Lines, Dervish and many more. The free online festival takes place on Tuesday from 7pm.

Growing up in the North East of Scotland, with a love of music and passion for singing, Papiransky sang a lot of Robert Burns songs.

Papiransky says: “My primary school music teacher and hero, Mrs Dawson, would enter me into the Robert Burns singing competitions every year – Ae Fond Kiss would be my go-to song.

“One evening last November I heard the beautiful voice of Scots singer Emily Smith perform As I Was A Wand’ring. I listened to the words and fell in love with the song. I then sat down at my piano and decided to put the words of Burns to my own music.

“I came up with a chord progression and melody, and recorded it in the studio, with the talented Lyle Watt accompanying me on guitar.”

Having played a string of solo shows and opening for KT Tunstall and Blue Rose Code in Scotland last year, Papiransky is looking forward to further live dates for 2022, including performing at HebCelt, with more to be announced soon.

Since making the final of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Papiransky has continued to carve her name in the Scottish music scene. A music teacher, she has been writing and recording her own material for the past eight years.

“A bit of Dolly and a bit of Carole King with the piano, and a real tie in with good country writing over her stunning Scottish accent!” is how KT Tunstall describes her.

As I Was Wand’ring will be available to download and stream from Tuesday