Folk veter­ans bring back Six­ties scene

Rutherglen Reformer - - Primary Ones - Jonathan Ged­des

The glory days of Ruther­glen’s folk mu­sic scene will be re­vis­ited next week in a show com­ing to the Town Hall.

Folk four­some Ian Bruce, Fraser Bruce, Gre­gor Low­ery and Pete Clark will per­form next Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

Both Fraser and Ian have their roots in Ruther­glen and they de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in folk mu­sic while study­ing at Ruther­glen Academy, where the fa­mous bal­lads club de­vel­oped a huge num­ber of acts that later flour­ished in the thriv­ing Scot­tish folk scene of the 1960s.

Fraser said: “The whole thing was in­cred­i­ble.

“Nor­man Buchan was the teacher, who left to be­come an MP and ended up as the un­der­sec­re­tary of state for Scot­land.

“Even while teach­ing he was very in­volved in CND and move­ments like that so he ended up pals with peo­ple like Pete Seeger, the Amer­i­can folk singer.

“I re­mem­ber that when­ever Pete was across he’d come over to the school to see us play.

“There would be all sorts of peo­ple who would come to see us from across the folk scene in Scot­land.

“Among the teach­ers there were Adam McNaug­ton, who later wrote the ‘ Jeely Piece Song’, and Ian David­son, who was also in­volved with CND.

“I think they might have ac­tu­ally come to the school be­cause it was so well known for the bal­lads club.

“It cre­ated a lot of ties there that still last to this day. There was a singer called Anne Niel­son who still or­gan­ises a folk event and that shows the in­flu­ence it had.

“Peo­ple like Ge­orge Craig, Ian Nel­son and Gordeanna McCul­loch all played there. Gordeanna be­came one of Scot­land’s finest ever tra­di­tional singers.

“It was a re­ally big thing and in­tro­duced so many of us to folk clubs. We ac­tu­ally started a former pupils club at the Guides Hall on Clin­car­thill Road so that we could keep play­ing.”

That meant Fraser and Ian were de­ter­mined to bring this show called ‘Auld Hat, New Heids’ to the Town Hall.

Fraser said: “We’ve taken this show on the road be­cause it’s been a big suc­cess and peo­ple miss the old days of the folk clubs.

“We had to come to Ruther­glen be­cause of all the his­tory that’s here.

“We were all en­ter­tain­ers and did it for the fun of it all back then and that’s what we try and do with this show too.”

Tick­ets for ‘Auld Hat, New Heids’ are £12/£10 and can be bought from the venue, by calling 0141 613 5700 or on­line at www. sll­cbox­of­fice.co.uk. The show will start at 7.30pm.

Four good folk The singers per­form­ing in ‘Auld Hats, New Heids’

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