Wee Shoobie is coming to town
Do not be surprised to see a few strange creatures at Rutherglen Town Hall in September.
The Rutherglen musician and writer Fraser Bruce will be reading his book Wee Shoobie there on Saturday, September 10, with lots of fun and games to follow.
There will be lots of wee Shoobies to find all over the venue, along with quizzes, colouring in contests and a question and answer session with Fraser after he reads the children’s tale.
Fraser is probably best known for his folk duo with brother Ian, but he released Wee Shoobie last year, telling the story of a small creature trying to find others that look like him.
Fraser said: “I’ll be reading the book with it up on the screen and there’s going to be a treasure hunt, a quiz, a colouring competition and things like that.
“I’ve done lots of libraries and schools and they’re usually 45 minutes or an hour, but this will be a good bit longer as it’s from two until four.
“The kids at school are great, but this is the first time in a theatre type venue and if all goes well then I might do a few of these - I’ve got six grandkids and always love to talk to kids.
“It should be good fun and it’ll maybe get their imaginations going. When I did one of the school shows in Stirling there was a wee girl of about five or six who was drawing a Shoobie after I performed there, which was really nice to see.”
Fraser is also delighted to be getting back to Rutherglen.
A former Rutherglen Academy pupil, he was a regular in the area’s folk scene, and performed Song of the Clyde and One, Two Three for Clyde when they played at Shawfield.
He said: “I always love doing things in Rutherglen because friends turn up - I left Rutherglen Academy in 1964 and yet there’s been people I knew from back then who turned up at the Town Hall gig I did with my brother - that was amazing to see them again.
“I always enjoy driving back along the Main Street because it feels like coming back to my roots. I still tell people I’m a Ruglonian.”
Fraser has regularly been gigging, including shows at the Edinburgh festival.
He will be back at the Town Hall in October for the Auld Hats, Old Heids folk concert.
However he is enjoying his writing career too.
He added: “I’ve actually got two more books written and it’s finding the time to draw them, and then see about the costs of publishing them.
“The main reason for doing the first one was for my grandkids, making money from it all was never an issue.”
Tickets are available now for the show, priced £4.
They can be bought from the Town Hall in person, by visiting www.sllcboxoffice. co.uk and by calling 0141 613 5700.