Tribute show to Ellon’s Couthy Rambler Jimmy

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AN ELLON man is gearing up for a special performance in October, where he will pay tribute to his talented great-uncle,

Scott Armstrong will give a recital of the works of his great-uncle, Jimmy Wright, ‘The Couthy Rambler’ at a special performance next month in the British Legion Hall in Ellon.

Jimmy’s works included a prodigious number of bothy ballads, songs, stories and poems, which he wrote until his death in 1990. A draughtsman to trade, Jimmy’s works included ‘The Glorious North’, ‘The Alford Cattle Show’, ‘The Road to Embo’ and ‘Aiberdeen (My Ain Toun)’.

Speaking to the Times, Scott said that it would be a privilege to perform his great-uncle’s work.

“I visited Jimmy’s sister - my great-aunt Iris - and my cousins, who gave me three boxes worth of Jimmy’s materials when I was putting together the show. There were bothy ballads, poems, songs - and some previously unpublished material which I’ll get to perform for the first time.

“I previously worked on a show in 2004/5 with Fleeman Productions on the stories of David Toulmin, so it won’t be the first time I’ve worked with Doric material. My mother originally sparked my interest in Jimmy’s works again. Proceeds from the performances will go towards funding recordings of some of that work, and maybe making it available to a wider audience.

“One thing I’m really looking forward to is the fact that Jimmy’s last surviving sister, my great-aunt Iris, will be able to see his works performed after such a long time.”

The Ellon performance of ‘The Couthy Rambler’ will take place on October 6 at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion in Ellon. Tickets cost $8 and are available at the Chocolate Bar on The Square, Ellon, or by contacting Scott on 07738825352.