Ye canna beat the Irish for a freenly welcome - April 18, 2005
Author(s): Robbie Shepherd
Copyright holder(s): Robbie Shepherd
Fit made it sae special wis that it wis the verra first time we hid been on sic a prottick in Northern Ireland in aa the eers o the programme, an that gyan back lang afore I took ower as presenter a 24 eer syne.
I dasht near didna mak it, sma thanks tae the taxi firm, fa blam't the crashin o its computer, syne a haud-up in Rosemount, for gaurin's swyte at the door o the BBC at Beechgrove an by masel wi rage phonin ma producer, fa hid gin ower the day afore, tellin him he micht hae tae dee the job emsel.
Syne I thocht o the tyraneesin I hid tae pit up wi cis I wis tae be on the Aiberdeen-Belfast direct that's nae lang startit up. "Myn an wind up the elastic band, Robbie" an "Tak yer bilins wi ye tae sook if ye dinna wint yer lugs dirl't" wis bit twa o the comments.
Naething tae fear there. It wis a gran hurl on a sleek aeroplane an I wid recommend the service tae onybody.
THE nicht itsel exceedit aa expectations an ye canna beat the Irish for a freenly welcome - "come into the parlour, sure, an make yourself at home".
The affair wis organis't bi the Maine Valley Accordion and Fiddle Club an they took Colin Dewar an's band across fae Scotland at their expense.
The band includit Dennis Morrison, o Aal Meldrum, on piana an, fleein ower wi me, happy memories were reca'd o Paddy McGarr an the Gallowglass.
Tae the great regret o's baith, the recent death o Paddy cancelled some o the faimily's proposed trip up fae the sooth o Ireland tae be we's an for me, tee, the trip cam ower late tae renew the acquantance o the legendary fiddle player Sean McGuire, fa died a three wikks afore.
I hiv tae gie credit tae Dr Sean O'Neil an's committee at the Maine Valley Club on wirkin sae hard an presenting sic a gran case tae get a £ 5,000 grant fae Awards For All, Northern Ireland, "to help promote the accordion and fiddle music of Europe, in particular Scotland, England and Ireland". Tak note, ye official billies in wir ain country that turn up yer nibs at oor dance music.
NAE only wis I fair teen on wi Colin an's band an the smashin guest artists, Matt McGranaghan on fiddle an folk singer/entertainer, Tom Sweeney, bit I wis tae see for the first time a new dance performed, specially devised bi Rob Sargent, o Dores, ca'd Robbie Over the Waves.
A maist apt title ye maun admit for the jobbie I dee an for oor trip tae Ireland, as wis the great tune Colin Dewar wrote for the dance, The Doric Mannie.
Oh, the Doric wisna neglectit ower er either, as I hid aye the ither news o fowk wi north-east connections, includin Iain MacIntosh, fa eest tae wirk for Jack Olding an hid been a freen o Jock Smith, o Alford, throwe motorbike racin.
Es brocht back tae me a vision in black leather as Jock took teerin by the village o Dunecht fin I wis at the skweel wi's racin bike flat oot for the toon.
Oh ay, an at a helluva slower pace cam the teacher crunkin her wye tae Skene Central Skweel, wi us coorse nickums shoutin: "Ay, Mickey Doo, ye're towerin." Fit wye that expression, dinna speir at me, bit it's stuck aa es eers.
THE accompanist tae oor special Irish guests wis Patsy McCabe an that name wis tae gie a bit o a reid face tae oor producer at rehearsal in the efterneen.
In comes es lad in's 50s or early 60s an Ken wid speir at him if he wis connectit tae ony o them on stage.
"I'm yer accompanist for Matt and Tom." Noo haein heard afore that Patsy wis tae be daein the job, Ken said: "Oh what's happen't to Patsy? I thought she was to be doin that." "I'm Patsy," cam the wither't reply.
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