Rank #1: Episode 61
We are back in the room with Scots Radio Episode 61 and it’s fu o surprises. We hear fae Morna Young spikkin aboot her play ‘Lost at Sea’ – Alistair Heather entreats us tae a big helpin o Doric Mash – Primary teacher, Olivia Stephen, tells us fit she an her class got oot o maakin the video for the Doric Film Festival – a spik aboot meetin oor Waterloo, wi find oorsels richt in the middle o the Battle, on a recent trip tae Brussels! Weel we didna ging tae Brussels for talks – abidy dis that. Enjoy gaan oot an aboot wi us.
Rank #2: Episode 60
We are delighted an privileged to dedicate oor 60th Scots Radio programme to Professor Gary West’s new book an play ‘Jocks Jocks’. The content is based on stories collected bi traditional singer an collector, Jock Duncan, fae 1st World War Veterans. Gary jines us in the studio tae taak us on this very special journey. Dinna hing aboot – jist come wi us.
Rank #3: Episode 59
Wi hae passed the Spring Equinox – so it must be Spring. An in this April edition o the programme wi jine the gaitherin at the James Hutton Institute in Aiberdeen tae enjoy the ‘Young Biodiversity Awards’. We’re wi the Irish an Scots Poets as part o Neu Reekie at the Poetry Library in Edinburgh, an we experience the spectacular production o ‘Nordics In Exile’ at St Nicholas Kirk in Aiberdeen. Aa this an enjoying the company o oor Studio Guest, folklorist and musician, Steve Byrne – spikkin aboot a new CD o Ballads fae Sir Walter Scott’s Minstrelsy o the Scottish Borders. Jine us.
Rank #4: Episode 58
Dinna ging castin ony cloots afore May is oot. An afore onybody says – it’s the Mayfloor wir spikkin aboot – itherwise kent as the Hawthorn. In Episode 58 o Scots Radio, wi hear fae Rosemary Ward fae the Scottish Book Trust aboot plans for this year – includin a spleet new award for publishers o Scots. Wiv got Kay Gibb fae the Scottish Curlin Trust on the ice spikkin aboot their new exhibition an wiv got a video wi Kay on oor webpage. We jine Richard Ross in his Tea plantation in the Perthshire hills. Aye – Tea plantation! So – ye niver ken fit micht happen wi oor wither – keep on yir cloots an Liberty Bodices. Enjoy the programme.
Rank #5: Episode 57
Welcome to Scots Radio. In this year o ‘Indigenous Languages’ as decreed by UNESCO, we enjoy the rich tapestry o voices an tunes at the 25th Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow . In this episode we get reaction tae the feedback on the Governments proposed Culture Strategy. Musician Adam Sutherland taks us intae the stores and music that ‘Boots Could Tell’ in Braemar as part o the Braemar Mountain Festival. An we jine the bairns an teachers at the Belmont Cinema in Aiberdeen, tae enjoy the stories wi ‘Scots Language through Film’ fae ‘Into Film an Education Scotland.
Rank #6: Episode 56
‘A guid New Year tae ane an a – an mony may ye see.’ The wirds o the auld sang still ring in the lugs o the fowk that mine watchin Andy Stewart on TV at this time o the year.
Bit fitiver yir preference this month – dinna hing aboot, jist get stuck in.
We hiv a special studio guest – the ootgan Director o the Scots Language Centre, Michael Hance, jines us tae ging oer some of his seventeen years at the helm.
We’re enjoyin the magical company in Edinbugh at the ‘Dreamin Breid an Skyrie Stanes’ gaitherin. Fit a day that wis – fu o magical fowk and special elixers. An wir back in the Howff at the Globe Inn, Dumfries wi the very magical Jane Broon – spikkin aboot Robert Burns an a that. Dinna miss this moment in time.
Rank #7: Episode 55
Wiv reached oor 5th Birthday – an wiv a special Christmas edition – wi guests. Fit an eese.
Oor new lads, Alistair Heather an Josh Bircham jine us in the studio tae spik aboot the life an legacy o Aiberdeen writer an poet, Nan Shepherd fa wrote extensively aboot the Cairngorm Mountains. An wi enjoy her words and work wi Professor Ali Lumsden an Dr Helen Lynch fae Aiberdeen University.
Josh has made a bonnie film o the mountains wi spoken extracts fae Nan’s book ‘The Living Mountain’. Hae a look on oor Webpage video section.
Fred Gordon has some affa important warnins tae say aboot safety in the Mountains – especially at ess time o year. An wir still in the mountains wi author Alec Finlay spikkin aboot his new book ‘Gaithering’ aboot the hills and mountains aroon Braemar. Gathering was commissioned by Hauser & Wirth, for the Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar; the project was launched in 2015 and concluded in 2018.
Hae a Festive Christmas an keep warm.
Rank #8: Episode 2 SE
The Armistice Centenary – Lest We Forget.
In the immediate years efter WW1, historian an traditional singer, Jock Duncan, recorded conversations wi local men fa hdd returned tae their homeland fae the battle trenches.
In this conversation, Jock spiks wi Bert Gow fae New Deer.
This is posted with kind permission from Jock Duncan, and It is an honour tae be able to present this recording on Scots Radio – the content contains some disturbing descriptions.
Rank #9: Episode 54
An ess is us again – it disna seem that lang ago faan we wir here daein the last episode. Bit that’s jist fit happens – yir nae seener gaan aye wye – that ye meet yirsel coming back fae the time afore.
In Episode 54 o Scots Radio wir rummelin aboot in books – them that’s recently published, jist aboot ready and oot a lang time ago. Rosemary Ward fae the Scottish Book Trust tells us fit’s happenin in Book Wik Scotland – Andrew Barr is delving through the Declaration o Arbroath, Sheena Blackhall reads fae her Doric translation o Jean Ayre, an Amanda Edmiston escorts us into the recipe pages o the ‘Scots Kitchen’ an the life o author an folklorist F. Marian McNeill. A this an music tee. Fit an eese.
Rank #10: Episode 53
Scots Radio Episode 53 jist disna hing aboot. Wir at the Dundee Rep for the first performance o ‘The Yellow on the Broom’ – fae the novel by Betsy Whyte.
We hear fit the new Scots Scriever, Dr Michael Dempster his planned for the future. Storyteller Jackie Ross tells us aboot her new project for bairns and we’re up at Banff Academy hearing aboot the new ‘Bairns Charter’. An wiv got bonnie music as weel a throw the programme – bonnie fowk tae present it is harder tae get. Bit we try. Enjoy the journey.