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The Sorries


The Sorries

The kilted duo pose for the cameras.

The Sorries

Venue 40, Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace


Lovers of the music of the legendary Scottish folk band, The Corries, will not be disappointed by this tribute act.  This well-matched duo, Martin Philip and Douglas Kay, run through a programme of Corries cover songs, traditional folk songs, original material, topical observations and witty banter.  At one part they even attempt to outdo one-another with virtuoso guitar riffs – duelling acoustic guitars.  Throw in an electric mandolin and a pair of bodhrans and these lads will demonstrate their crowd-pleasing talents.


It’s impossible to just sit still and listen to The Sorries. It will be all you can do to stop yourself taking to the floor and dancing a jig around the hall.  Don’t do it; just clap along, join the lads and the rest of the audience in belting out the odd chorus and have a real good time just like everyone else in the hall.


***** Five Stars

David Kerr


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Scottish Folk Roots and Offshoots

Scottish Roots and Offshoots

The Royal Oak Bar

Infirmary Street


SCOTLAND’S music has travelled all over the world; toAustralia,New Zealand,Canada, but most of all toAmerica.  Scots settled abroad for many reasons; poverty and religious or political persecution at home, or just in search of a new life.  Wherever they settled, they brought their music with them. That’s why one of the songs sung for generations in theAppalachian mountainsmentions the River Clyde.  It’s a folk memory.  Once there, the music met with other strains, mutated a bit and came back here.

This trend is epitomised by the Singer/Songwriter David Ferrard.  AnEdinburghlad himself, his mum is American, and he spent most of his summers as a young man over there, picking ups songs as he went along.

This comes out strongly in his routine which draws together songs from Robert Burns excoriating the politicians of his day as a Parcel of Rogues, romantic Jabobite songs dedicated to the Young Chevalier, Black American freedom songs from the slave era and some of his own composition.  Love songs, sad songs, rude songs and silly songs.  They’re all here.

Ferrard engages with his audience in an understated way that draws them out into singing choruses and participating in ‘hand-dancing’. More than half the audience had seen previous performances and come back for more. What better recommendation can a man have?

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