GraceReid

Mondays @ 7pm.

This week’s show hears the life story of 85 years old, mother of four, Grace Reid who is a keen singer. Grace was born in the small mining village of Quarter in Lanarkshire and spent her youth tap dancing in concert parties to raise money for the troops of World War II. Later she then enjoyed dancing the quick step in the dance halls of Hamilton to the sounds of the big bands. Once married she moved to Cambuslang and has lived there ever since. A keen bowler she is looking forward to the beginning of the new season and believes that life is too short to stay at home. When not on the green, she organises local activity clubs to encourage others to fully participate in life’s rich tapestry.  

 

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 GraceReid Monday 22nd April at 7pm. This week’s show hears the life story of 85 years old, mother of four, Grace Reid who is a keen singer. Grace was born in the small mining village of Quarter in Lanarkshire and spent her youth tap dancing in concert parties to raise money for the troops of World War II. Later she then enjoyed dancing the quick step in the dance halls of Hamilton to the sounds of the big bands. Once married she moved to Cambuslang and has lived there ever since. A keen bowler she is looking forward to the beginning of the new season and believes that life is too short to stay at home. When not on the green, she organises local activity clubs to encourage others to fully participate in life’s rich tapestry.  
Joanne Roberts 500 Monday 15th April at 7 pm. This week’s guest is Dr. Joanne Roberts who lives in Bonkle. Loving science at school she left to work in a pharmaceutical company and attended college as a day release student working her way up to the award of PhD in 2017.  She shares some of her memories of growing up listening to the favourite bands of the 70s and 80s with a few added surprises. She loves music, and apart from playing guitar for an hour a week during her time at school, she loves to listen and encourage others to learn. She loves the process of choosing sheep, spinning the wool and following the process through to a knitted garment!
PeterPhillips 180 Monday 8th April at 7pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is retired steelworker and trade unionist Peter Phillips who contributes his free time to helping improve the quality of people’s lives through his activity in different community organisations and committees. In this week’s show he describes his role as Secretary of the Cambuslang Royal Arch masonic group as well as their history in the local community. As President of Cambuslang Bowling Club, he encourages others to maintain an active life style in retirement. He has always had a social conscience and firmly believes, like his favourite poet Robert Burns, in Equality.
FatherRaymond 500

Tuesday 2nd April at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is monk Father Raymond who is a member of the plain-song chanting Cistercian Order and lives in the Sancta Maria Abbey in Nunraw, just at the foot of the Lammermuir hills. His family came to Scotland as economic migrants from Cassino in Italy and he attended St. Mungo’s Secondary in Parson Street in Glasgow before he decided to join the monastic order in 1951. Never having played music before he was surprised when he was given the responsibility of playing the organ and he has spent his life learning music in sol-fah notation and is now an accomplished player.

 Haggerdash 180

Tuesday 26th March at 6pm. Scots’ Speak this week visits Stonehouse Folk Club in St. Ninians Church Halls in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, to hear the Lanarkshire folk group ' Haggerdash' and
supporting acts. Haggerdash comprises Billy Stewart on vocals, guitar and bodran, Alan Jones on vocals, bouzouki, concertina, whistle and fiddle, Jack Bethel on
hammer dulcimer, whistle and fiddle. The support acts included George Wilson from the Biggar Folk Club and the Rae family. Their latest CD is called, The Elgin Watch.
Stonehouse Folk Club meets on fortnight on Friday evenings at 8 pm and every second Friday for an acoustic session when everyone is welcome to play and sing

Matt Horton 180 Tuesday 19th March at 6pm. Scots' Speak this week is the lovely Matt Horton who is Honourable Secretary and Treasurer of the
Glasgow Humane Society. As a boy he learned the ropes on his dad’s fishing boat and as soon as he
could leave school he applied for a job at sea, never believing it would be his career. Joining BP as an
Engine Room Boy at the age of 16, he sailed the seven seas and found himself caught up in events
like volcanic eruptions and war. Eventually he gained his Chief Officer’s ticket and sailed as Chief
Officer for several years before coming ashore to become a training officer with Clyde Marine
Training. He is now General Manager of Clyde Uniforms and advises the shipping sector on uniforms,
as well as, advising various public bodies on safety and accident prevention on waterways..
PeteClark 180 Tuesday 12th March at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is the wonderful Scottish fiddler Pete Clark who lives in a beautiful village not far from Dunkeld. At the age of nine, so he could make a magic noise, his mum and dad agreed for Pete to attend violin lessons after school and since then he has devoted his life to learning the nuances of the traditions of Scottish fiddle playing. His steely determination has secured him a place at the top table of internationally acclaimed fiddle players as well as a successful solo career. He has brought the majesty of the memory of the great fiddler Niel Gow to the fore of Scottish society and for the past 16 years he has organised a festival which celebrates his life with a weekend of concerts, recitals, workshops, river walks and the opportunity to engage with some of Scotland’s finest fiddlers. This year it runs for 15th to 17th of March. Pete is also hoping to raise enough money for a bronze memorial. All information can be found on www.niel-gow.co.uk.During the interview he plays the beautiful ‘Niel Gow’s Lament to the Second Wife’ on Niel Gow’s fiddle
 Gordon 180 Tuesday 5th March at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is Neilston boy, the multi-instrumentalist Gordon Melrose who is also a fine singer. Gordon’s love of music began as a school boy when he learned to play the guitar and ukulele. Leaving school, he went on to become a fully qualified electrical engineer with the music shop Biggars, and as a mature student successfully completed a diploma in music with the Open University. Afterwards, he completed his Honours degree. Throughout the 24 years he has been a member of the Glasgow Folk Music workshop, Gordon has learned the art of composition and teaching music and is one of the finest tutors. In this week’s show he shares the sounds of his ukulele class.
BoydTunnock 180 Tuesday 26th Feb at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is Boyd Tunnock from Uddingston, the man who is responsible for the weekly production of millions of chocolate teacakes, snowballs and wafers which are enjoyed in over 40 countries. He celebrates the achievement of his local workforce in producing three of the most iconic biscuits purchased daily. As well as sponsoring, hosting and judging school poetry competitions, the RNLI, and the Uddingston Musical Festival, Boyd, like Willie Wonka can be found, adorned with white overall and hairnet, accompanying groups on magical guided tours of the factory. A stone’s throw from his great-grandfather’s undertakers, the factory remains steadfastly an iconic symbol of the family’s enduring links to the community he loves so well.
JamesKelly 180

Tuesday 19th Feb at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is the ‘bad boy’ of the Scottish parliament, James Kelly, the only MSP to
have been thrown out of the debating chamber! Hailing from Halfway in Cambuslang, James recalls
happy days spent at school and reminisces about his favourite English teacher, Frank Thompson as
well as sharing the long happy days he spent running with the Cambuslang Harriers. Their Monday
night discos were his favourite as he rocked to the beat of Slade and Queen. Always believing in
social justice, James has been involved in campaigning since the 1984/5 Miners’ Strike speaking
alongside the great orator and trade unionist Mick McGahey. In 2017 he successfully instigated the


repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Behaviour legislation which he
deemed unfair to football supporters. Passionate about Burns he recites his daughter’s favourite
poem.

 CathyLewis 180 Tuesday 12th Feb at 6pm. Scots' Speak guest this week is the wonderful mandolin player Cathy Lewis from Troon. Originally from Cambuslang, her love of yachting took her to live by the sea where she spends most of her time off and on her yacht. Certificated by the Royal Yachting Association, Cathy is an accomplished sailor and as well as sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, she has made journeys to Nordic countries and is sometimes found during inclement weather sheltering in the small islands off the British coast. In good weather she is often found at the helm playing her mandolin dolphins following in her musical wake! She thanks the GFW and Nigel Gatherer for encouraging her love of the instrument and music.
AlistairMcCulloch 180 Tuesday 15th Jan at 6pm. Scots' Speak’ guest this week is the wonderful Scottish fiddler Alistair McCulloch who hails from the bonnie banks of Doon. Alistair shares the story of how he received a fiddle from his grandmother at the age of nine and so began his musical journey. Since then he has travelled the world representing Scotland at international events, playing both his distinctive interpretation of traditional Scottish tunes as well as his own compositions and arrangements. Very much in demand, when he is not travelling, he is fiddle instructor and teacher of music business at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
IvorMckee 180 Tuesday 8th Jan at 6pm. Scots' Speak’ guest this week is cool dude Ivan McKee MSP, funky, saxophone playing government minister in the Scottish Parliament for the Provan constituency. Brought up in Springburn, Ivan chats about the importance of music in his life and the great artists who inspired him. Qualifying as an engineer from Strathclyde University, Ivan’s business interests have taken him around the world and he now applies his abundant skills to attract business which will increase employment opportunities and enhance the quality of the lives of those he represents as an elected Member for the Scottish Parliament.
RichardLeonard 180 Tuesday 1st Jan at 6pm. On this the first day of 2019, the ‘Scots' Speak’ guest is the charming and dapper dressed Yorkshireman
Richard Leonard MSP, leader of the Scottish Labour Party. A radical of the early eighties at Stirling University, Richard has made Scotland his home and spent the past 30 odd years working tirelessly for the Scottish trade union movement. A lover of the works of the recently deceased Scottish
socialist poet Tom Leonard, Richard recites one of his favourite poems.
RevJackDrummond 180 Tuesday 25th Dec at 6pm. Scots' Speak guest this week is the Reverend Jack Drummond, who has recently retired. In this Christmas Day show, he celebrates what the church means to him and his family, and discusses the role of the church in supporting young families. Ministering in Linwood before coming to Rutherglen, where he officiated at all his children’s weddings, Jack feels a strong sense of belonging with the community.  A lover of books, Jack spends his time collecting cricket books and reading crime fiction as well as helping his children and grandchildren.
gerrycarruthers 180 Tuesday 18th Dec at 6pm. Scots' Speak guest this week is the inimitable Professor of Scottish Literature at University of Glasgow, Gerry Carruthers. A Clydebank boy with a precocious talent for language and football, he came to Glasgow as a student and found his niche among the books and thought processes of language and literature. He along with his contemporaries set up, now worldly acclaimed, Centre for Robert Burns Studies which places the works of our national poet at the heart of academe.  Eloquent and passionate, Gerry describes his west of Scotland identity as well as sharing his hopes for the future.
FatherPaul 180 Tuestday 11th Dec at 6pm. Scots' Speak guest this week is parish priest, Father Paul Morton of St. Brides in Cambuslang, who was
born into a large musical family living up a close in Haghill near Kelvin campus. When both his
parents died at young age, Father Paul and his seven siblings were separated to live with other
family but he keenly remembers the wonderful music of his early years and is very proud of his older
brother and his family who became successful professional musicians. His love of music has grown
since then and as well as learning to play the piano, he wants to learn to play the cello.
JaniceBabs 180 Tuesday 4th Dec at 6pm. Scots’ speak guest this week is English teacher Barbara Drummond from Rutherglen who voluntarily runs an after-school class for asylum seekers in Croftfoot church. Musically gifted, she learned to sing on her mother’s knee and has always celebrated her gorgeous voice with different church groups including children’s choirs. Married to recently retired minister Jack, she is mother to playwright Rob, teachers Beth, Ruth and Grace, and in this week’s interview she shares what family means to her and the delight she takes in singing old Scottish favourites like ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ to her grandchildren.
Ian Murray 190 Tuesday 27th Nov at 6pm.  Scots’ Speak guest this week is Ian Murray, ukulele tutor at Glasgow FolkMusic Workshop. After a career in local government, Ian now spends his time tutoring adult music classes throughout South Lanarkshire bringing happiness through song.  Ian started out playing the mouth organ then learned other instruments by ear and now is the Musical Director of the ‘Dukes of Uke’ who perform sell out gigs at various venues like Biggar Little festival. A gifted guitarist, fabulous mandolin player, he plays with the Clyde Valley Ceilidh Band and is very much in demand because of his immense talent.
Curley 190 Tuesday 20th Nov at 6pm.  Scots’ Speak guests this week are the father and son team Damian and Graeme Curley who inherited ‘Willie Curley’ butchers in Halfway, downtown Cambuslang. They explain why the family run business, which been trading for a 100 plus years, continues to be successful. Their secret recipes, passed down through the generations, maintain customer satisfaction and keeps people coming back for more. The shop is a real hive of activity in the community and what the butchers don’t know about what is happening, isn’t worth knowing!
kieron 190 Tuesday 13th Nov at 6pm.  Scots’ Speak guest this week is the lovely Kieron O’Neill of Arcadia Music in Biggar. A luther and multi-instrumentalist, Kieron lives and breathes music. When he is not selling or setting up instruments in his ‘Aladdin’s cave’, he can be heard in the local bar singing and playing with his band ‘The Nomads’.
Library 190 Tuesday 6th Nov at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guests this week are two ladies from Halfway local library, Nancy and Susan. Lovers of books, they have a real sense of pride in offering advice about authors. Equally important, their wonderfully warm personal qualities extend a hand of friendship to all users. For anyone who wants to find about local history, Nancy has a wealth of knowledge of the unwritten networks of local families and is often heard saying, ‘I ken yir mither’! Susan on the other hand, brings many admirers who revel in her wonderful displays. Along with others, they make the local library the hub of the community.
 Kath Macleod 190

Tuesday 30th Oct at 6pm. Scot’s speak guest this week is the beautiful flautist Katherine MacLeod. Born in Haghill, her family are originally from the islands and music is in her blood. Her earliest memories are playing tunes on the piano then singing in East Kilbride Gaelic choir.

We are allowed a wee sneaky listen to the ‘mixed instruments’ class and chat to Donald, Isabel and others about their enjoyment of being a pupil in Katherine’s class.

Isabel McCue 180

 Tuesday 23rd Oct at 6pm.Scots’ Speak guest this week is the wonderful Isabel McCue MBE, recently awarded 'One of the Most Outstanding Women of Scotland 2018'. Isabel founded Theatre Nemo, using the Arts to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness, loneliness and isolation. A tireless campaigner, Isabel’s dream is to establish a centre in Glasgow to offer creative space for the Arts, hosting a network of support agencies to help people live a happy and dignified existence where they are making a positive contribution to their family, community and society.

 Beresford 180

Tuesday 16th Oct at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is Edinburgh raised but Glasgow based, Dr. Marianne McAra, Research Fellow at Glasgow School of Art. Marianne began her professional life as a carpenter and stage-designer, and music was always an inspiration. Learning to play the violin at the age of four, she was introduced to fiddle music and has never looked back. A big fan of Shooglenifty, she loves the sound, style and freedom of fiddle playing and is hoping to become a member of Glasgow Folk Workshop some-day soon.

Thomson Forrest Rosebank 200 Tuesday 9th Oct at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is a man of the soil, Thomson Forrest who hails from Dalserf in the Clyde Valley. His father, a keen market gardener grew the famous, sought after but now rarely seen, ‘Scotch tomato’. Leaving school at fifteen, Thomson worked outside on the land for fifty years using his knowledge to grow a hugely successful business at the Rosebank Garden Centre. This show, recorded at the centre, hears Thomson describe his love of the soil as well as sharing the music which inspired him to keep digging.
 Steve Tees 200 Tuesday 2nd Oct at 6pm. Scots’ Speak guest this week is Dumfries born, virtuoso viola player Steve Tees. His drive to master his instrument took him to the doors of the Royal College of Music in London and  some of the finest orchestras in the world including recordings in St Martins-in-the Field. As a greatly sought-after freelancer, he played backing tracks on the Rolling Stones’ ‘Angie’. Now back living in the Scottish Borders, Steve, a jazz aficionado, can be heard playing Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli at the Kelso folk club.
 Janice and the Feetwarmers 200

Tuesday 18th Sep at 6pm. Scots' Speak interview with sensational Grammy nominated musicians who are masters of Old Time Swing, Dixieland and Ragtime. The fabulous California Feetwarmers. In Scotland to play sell out concerts at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. Stopping over in Peebles (while having their shirts ironed by their Scots' Speak host) these cool dudes chatted about how they came together before bringing the house down - their appreciative audience swinging in time to their groovy beat.

 Dougie 198x198 Tuesday 11th Sep at 6pm. Scots' Speak interview with Douglas Lawrence. An accomplished player of twenty years with the Scottish National Orchestra, Douglas is one of Scotland’s finest musicians whose fiddle style straddles both classical and traditional music.  Originally from Buckie, he describes how his grandfather was the inspiration which led him to the doors of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music forgoing a career at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Dan Thorpe 200w Tuesday 4th Sep at 6pm. Scots' Speak interview with Dan ‘the man’ Thorpe who hails from the north east of Scotland. Dan chats about his musical journey which culminated in winning the prestigious BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year award and graduating from the Royal Conservatoire with an B.A. (Hons) degree in Traditional Music. As well as doing a wee turn for the listeners, he describes some of the other musicians who have signposted his life.
 Lorna and Angeline Coyle 200 Tuesday 28th Aug at 6pm. Scots' Speak interview with Lorna Cammock. At 87 years old, Lorna is one of the most steadfast members of Glasgow Folk-music Workshop. Enthusiastically learning the mandolin and spreading good cheer to all who know her. Lorna reminisces about growing up in Oban and Glasgow as well as her years as a primary teacher. (as a wee surprise,ex-pupil, Angeline Coyle, pops in to say hello!)

Janice Fiona Scots' Speak

Tuesday 21st Aug at 6pm.  Scots' Speak interview with long serving GFW fiddle tutor, Fiona Cuthill. Fiona talks about her life story, her love of traditional music and chooses some of her favourite tunes.

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Janice Nigel and the dog

Tuesday 14th Aug at 6pm.  Scots' Speak interview with Nigel Gatherer. Nigel was interviewed recently by Janice Ross, GFW committee member and Celtic Music Radio Presenter, at his home in Crieff, where he talks about his lifelong love of traditional music and chooses some of his favourite tunes.

 Click HERE to listen to the interview.

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