Weel duin tae Bundy wha hae bin nominatit in Scots Performer o the Year sponsored by Tracs in the Scots Language Awards. Vote now!
The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets for the ceremony are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk. If you cannae make it you can hae a swatch o it online. You can a buy an online ticket here for that.
We askit Alan Reid o Bundy thae speirins.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
I play guitar and work a loop pedal, playing aroon the pubs and clubs in aiberdeenshire, aiberdeen and moray. Im based in the broch (fraserburgh, nae burghhead) and have been a' my life. I wiz a fisherman and am noo am a teacher, but have been doing the gigging for 20 years. I play a range o covers and originals and wrote a doric album ower lock down. During this time I was playing regular online gigs and had a wee community gan which brought together folk fae all ower the world
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
I am a natural born doric speaker and take great pride in my words. Over lockdoon I wrote a wee tune aboot it called the doric min – I uploaded ti facebook and it went wild! https://fb.watch/fhD4U3ElUL/
Since then I started collecting stories fae my friends, family and fans and local folklore and then produced my doric album.
Ony particlar career heighlichts
I love playing festivals and a particular highlight was playing a local festival called the lizard festival based in new deer. Over lockdown, the doric min going viral wiz affa rare, as well as my following growing pretty significantly as a wee community came together online and supported each other through fit wiz a pretty traumatic world event!
The one stand oot highlight for me though, is managing ti turn one o my grandmas stories aboot her granda into a tune – the pitullie dentist. Im delighted i managed to get this story fae her and let her hear it as a sang afore she passed away, and I am delighted that she was part o that online community at the time – she loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren (all 22 o them!)
Also, writing the song daughter o broch – I am incredibly proud I have managed to turn a broch story into a song
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
Jist keep teaching and singing! The two things I love to do because it connects me to people
I would love to get involved in mare festivals over the coming summer (so if onyone is involved in them, feel free ti geese a shout!)
I have a new doric album written (lyrics only at the moment) so that will also be in the pipeline
The Scots Language Awards are in the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee on 24th September at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy here: https://dundeeboxoffice.co.uk Performing on Saturday 24th September include Bruce Fummey, Hamish Macdonald, Beth Malcome and Robyn Stapleton.
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