Hoots mon! There’s a moose loose aboot this podcast. Time to travel through the mist and into the mythical Scottish town of ‘Brigadoon.’ Expect many references, bad accents and groans from Jimi, as the boys explore Lerner and Loewe’s famous musical. This time around they discuss how accurate a portrayal it actually is, Jimi gives us a brief history of Scotland and Tommy learns all about Buckfast. Braw!
There’ll be plenty of ‘authentic’ Scottish references in the show notes for you all to sample this week. Let’s start with Ned culture and The Wee Man who enjoys a Buckfast every once in a while. Gene Kelly, eat your heart out.
One of the potential origins for the story of Brigadoon is the piece of Celtic classic folklore of Tir Na n’Og which you can read more about here!
The TV series ‘Outlander’ is sort of the best of a bad bunch when it comes to representing tartan in historical Scottish culture. This great article tells you all about how they manage it!
If you fancy reading more about the history of ‘Brigadoon’ and its impact on Scottish culture you can check out this great book, which also brings ‘Braveheart’ into the mix...
The power of the Freed Unit can really be seen with the fact they changed the name of Saratoga Village in Maryland to Brigadoon as part of the massive marketing campaign for the movie! There’s even a MacConnachy Square...
Sir Harry Lauder is one of the biggest names in exporting Scottish ‘culture’ to the world. As kitsch as it is, you can’t deny that it had an effect! Here he is singing his most famous song, “Roamin’ in the Gloamin’.”
Harry Lauder’s impact can be seen in examples such as this: our favourites Fred and Ginger trying their hand (one more successfully than the other) at Scottish culture. Maybe just stick to what you’re best at guys…
A fine example of what Jimi was talking about of these Scottish ditties he learned in school is the Jeely Piece Song. Yes, a song about throwing sandwiches out of a high-rise. Get into it!
Another big hitter for Scottish singing is of course, The Singing Kettle. Here’s Cilla and Artie leading us in another Scottish classic - “Oh Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus.”
If you think bagpipes are just a lot of noise, you would be wrong! Here’s Clanadonia giving us something a bit more traditional and for a bit of difference, here’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers with one of their famous covers.
Jimi is dying to know what you folks across the pond and in the rest of the world think/feel/know about Scotland and Scottish culture. Come tell him all about it on Reddit!
If you fancy celebrating Hogmanay wherever you are and feel the need to first foot, here’s a fine recipe for Black Bun. It’s honestly so delicious!
If you’re at the Fringe this year and want to check out some good Scottish fare, check out “The Mould That Changed The World” - all about Alexander Fleming’s greatest invention!
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A QUIZ QUESTION FOR DIVAS
A laundry list of actresses were considered to play the title role in this musical including: Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Bea Arthur, Doris Day, Elaine Stritch, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. But instead the role went to a relative newcomer on the Broadway scene. What show?