25th January 2020
For over 50 years, the great bothy balladeer Jock Duncan’s other vocation was interviewing North-East Scotland’s Great War veterans, faithfully transcribing their Doric dialects on an old manual typewriter. Published in 2019, the resulting book was edited by piper and professor Gary West, who features here in his own eponymous musical play, inspired by these testimonies, alongside Scott Gardiner, Chris Wright and son, Charlie West. As a tradition-bearer, Duncan has few peers, but among that select company is fellow Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Aitken, who won a record sixth Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions title in 2018.
Written by Gary West and Jock Duncan
Director: Gary West
A part of the Celtic Connections 2020 festival.
|25/01 - 8:00pm||Limited|
‘The cast interact with ease, chuckling, heckling, singing, playing tunes and reading the tales that underpin 20th Century Scots culture so sadly and so profoundly. It effortlessly slips from seemingly ad lib pure storytelling and reminiscence into full blown theatre’ Mark Gorman, Think Hard
'Brilliant show: powerful, funny, moving' James Robertson
‘...listening to these voices is above all a refreshing, life-enhancing experience, and an affirmation of what it means to be human' Donald Smith, Director of Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland