Wee Shoo­bie is com­ing to town

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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.


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