On Saint Andrews day, Monday the 30th of November at 1pm UK time, a Radio Broadcast can be heard on the World Wide Web. Although it is a radio programme it can be heard on the web via the Trad TV Channel. The purpose of the programme is to bring our Federation and activities to a world wide audience and give us an opportunity for future broadcasts on Saint Andrew’s Day each year.
This first programme features Federation supporters and is introduced by Alasdair Hutton (the announcer for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and a member of the Robert Burns Guild of Speakers.
A Piper and Drummer give the opening music - brother and sister, Cameron and Zoe May from Lesmahagow, who also won recognition in our Federation’s Schools Competition
The internationally known Burns Speaker – Len Murray, the Dean of the Speakers Guild recalls some of his experiences at home and abroad.
Ian McIntyre, Junior Vice President of the Federation welcomes us to the Globe Inn at Dumfries and gives an insight in to that famous establishment and the Burns Howff Club
From the south west we go to the North of Scotland and Ian Macmillan. Ian has his heart in the Highlands and describes the beautiful scenery and his own tribute to the memory of Saint Andrew.
Hazel Blair of Larkhall sings that Burns song so full of love promise and pathos and passion “O wert thou in the cauld blast” Hazel was and is steeped in the music and songs of Burns – no doubt inherited from Past President the late Abe Train and her own mother the late Freda Buddie
Neil McGillivray who has featured and won competitions such as The Whistle, the “Lapraik” and the Tam O Shanter recites in his own inimitable style the words of “My Luv is like a red red rose”
Lee McQueen resident accordionist of the Globe Inn provides his music featuring well known Burns tunes from the slow romantic ones to the light foot tapping tunes
Stewart Houston of Biggar and a member of Allanton Jolly Beggars Burns Club and the Speakers Guild has entered the competitive world of Burns recitation events. This is in addition to his role as a Burns speaker. He greatly enjoys both.
President Peter Hughes gives a message of encouragement to all listeners and also demonstrates his skills at not only writing a song but performing it as well. The song for the Haggis goes international on this broadcast although it has already been heard in Canada.
Past President John Haining also a member of the Guild of Speakers brings to life the words of Holy Willie and with his realistic Ayrshire accent this is top entertainment
Past President Jane Brown performs a vital role in entertaining and informing audiences about Jean Armour. Jean, a much admired and respected wife has a place in the history of Burns and Jane Brown gives her a place in the story which she richly deserves.
Cameron Kerr from Alloway is another winner of the Federation’s School competitions and here he addresses the Mouse with great sincerity and expert delivery
The programme closes with the stirring words of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn as interpreted by Robert Burns and delivered by Neil McGillvray
CD of the programme will be available via the Federation Office at a cost of £5 which includes UK only postage.
This programme can be viewed through http://tradtv.scot/