St Andrew’s celebration concert

Thursday 24 November, Roseneath School Hall, 7:30 pm

Entry: $15/$10 for members. A bargain! Cash only (no eftpos facilities). Vaccinations and masks encouraged.

A celebration of Scottish music for St Andrew’s Day

St Andrew’s Day is on 30 November. We’re getting a head start on 24 November, with a skirl o’ the pipes, a flourish o’ the fiddle and a recht denner o’ songs and stories in Doric fae Aberdonian ex-pat John Sutherland.

John Sutherland

Born in rural Aberdeenshire, John Sutherland lived his early years in a place rich in history and a treasure house of tradition. He has memories of hearing music played and ballads sung by the ordinary folk around him – a part of everyday life. The tunes and the stories told, and the manner in which they were sung, provided John with an awareness and appreciation for the cultural heritage of the area. The Aberdeen Folk Club helped keep the tradition alive, providing a venue for well-known performers – an inspiration for young musicians. The area has produced numerous folksongs and singers over a long period and John considers himself fortunate to have heard many of them

Skiffle, jazz and blues have also influenced John’s repertoire, but the songs of the North-East of Scotland are close to his heart. You will hear love songs, bothy songs, work songs and the great ballads as well as more recent material, written within the tradition, by the likes of Archie Fisher and Aberdonian Ian Campbell.

The local dialect, known as “the Doric”, may prove challenging but the meaning of the songs is well conveyed by John’s skilful guitar and vocals – a fitting tribute to St Andrew’s Day.

Pipe and fiddle

You can also be sure of hearing pipers, and members of the Ceol Alba Scottish music club will present some of their favourite repertoire, with an emphasis on traditional fiddle music.