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Radio Programs from Scotland


I discovered some Scottish radio programs and snippets on the Internet Archive so here are some of them to listen to...

Kelso, Scottish Borders TD5, UK - Tweed angler - Ronnie Glass
Angler describes how to 'read' the River Tweed for fishing. Ronnie Glass from Kelso is a Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Champion. We stood under Kelso Old Bridge with drizzle in the air, as he explained the river seam and why fish and fishermen like rain. AKG condensor mic (early experiment!) and Zoom H4N.

RonnieGlass.mp3

Paxton, Scottish Borders, UK - River Voices - Martha Andrews, Paxton House
Field recording with Paxton House curator Martha Andrews on the shingle shore at Paxton netting station on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. Martha talks about the history of netting and the decline in fishing on the River Tweed, as the fishing boat rows a shot in the background. Recorded by Jules Horne for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration around the River Tweed catchment, supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Martha.mp3

Eddleston, Scottish Borders, UK - River Voices - Scott McColm, digger driver
Field interview with Scott McColm, digger driver, who is reameandering a section of the Eddleston Water in the River Tweed catchment in the Scottish Borders. Scott talks about different types of land drainage and the qualities of silt, clay and gravel in the flood plain. Recorded by Jules Horne for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration around the River Tweed catchment, supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

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Paxton, Scottish Borders, UK - River Voices - George Purvis, Paxton
Field interview with George Purvis, skipper at Paxton netting station, one of the last two netting stations on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. George talks about reading the river, the fish and the wind, and his many years' experience of net fishing. Recorded by Jules Horne for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration around the River Tweed catchment, supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

George.mp3

Eddleston, Scottish Borders, UK - River Remeandering - Hugh Chalmers
Hugh Chalmers, Collaborative Action Coordinator at the Tweed Forum, describes the remeandering of the Eddleston Water north of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Meanders are being restored to the water course, which was straightened in the 1800s, in line with the EU Water Framework Directive and to help with flood management. Recorded by Jules Horne in July 2013 for Working the Tweed, a project for Year of Natural Scotland, with thanks to Hugh and the Tweed Forum.

Hugh.mp3

Melrose, Scottish Borders, UK - Border Ballad, Clerk Saunders
The third of three perspectives on the melody of Clerk Saunders (Child ballad 69, included in Walter Scott's 'The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border') lilted by Kirsty Law. This recording of the melody has been taken on the banks of the Tweed at Old Melrose as the singer climbs the path away from the river, her voice echoing from the steep bank of broadleaf opposite the path. Sunday 29 September 2013. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Kirsty.mp3

Hawick, Scottish Borders TD9, UK - The Pickled Orange
We were wandering along the High Street in Hawick, wondering where and what to eat, and lingering by a sign for "The Pickled Orange". A passerby announced that this was a great place to eat; that everything is freshly cooked; good homemade food etc. so we followed up on her recommendation for a light lunch there and headed down a narrow alley to a doorway. It was a lovely place, quite tucked away and dark, and the food was indeed very nice. However, the place was also nice for its lack of music, and for its cosy acoustic. All the other tables were taken up with ladies, lunching. The music of Scottish women talking together in a small, low-ceiling space was a nice accompaniment to lunch and I recorded the sound because it is so rare to find a place to lunch where there is no background music, and where all you can hear is the nice sound of people enjoying one another's company. EDIROL R-09 inbuilt mics for this one, another super simple recording set up.

PickledOrange.mp3

Volunteer Park, Hawick, Scottish Borders TD9, UK - Fish ID, River Teviot
Biologist teaches families how to identify fish in the River Teviot in Hawick, Scottish Borders. How do you tell trout from salmon? Ron Campbell from the Tweed Foundation puts the children on the spot. Sound of generator in background.

Fish.mp3

Yarrow, Scottish Borders, UK - Traditional music session
A fine Scots song, 'Oh But I'm Weary', sung during the final Tweed session at the Gordon Arms Hotel, Yarrow on 12 January 2014. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

weary.mp3

Yarrow, Scottish Borders, UK - Traditional music session
A classic (and seasonal) Burns song, sung during the final Tweed session at the Gordon Arms Hotel Yarrow on 12 January 2014. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

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Melrose, Scottish Borders, UK - Border ballad - Kirsty Law
Walking along the Tweed at Old Melrose, Kirsty Law sings Border ballad 'Thomas the Rhymer'. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Rhymer.mp3

Coldstream, Scottish Borders, UK - Rachael Hales, Tweedside - fiddle
Fiddle played by Rachael Hales along the banks of the Tweed between Twizel and Norham, the tune 'Tweedside' was suggested to Rachael by Borders fiddler Shona Mooney. The tune, in 3, is also phrased in three-bar sections which, though unusual for a traditional tune, lends it some measure of elegance. The tune is played by Rachael in response to the environment on a damp moody day by a small wooden bridge, one of several (self-) designated listening spots along the Northumbrian side. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Fiddle.mp3

Coldstream, Scottish Borders, UK - Rachael Hales, River Fiddle
A right good Borders tune played by Rachael Hales as she walks along the Tweed towards Berwick, responding to the riverside as she goes. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

rachael.mp3

Melrose, Scottish Borders, UK - Traditional song - Twa Corbies - Kirsty Law
Scots traditional song 'The Twa Corbies' sung by Kirsty Law by the Tweed at Old Melrose. Recorded by James Wyness for 'Working the Tweed', an arts-science collaboration supported by Creative Scotland for Year of Natural Scotland 2013.

Twacorbies.mp3

The Banks
In 1984, bestselling author Stephen Leather was a financial journalist working for the Glasgow Herald in Scotland. He also presented a radio show concentrating on business matters for Radio Clyde. The show, The Leather Look, examined Scottish industries and business sectors. Stephen Leather wrote, produced and presented a total of 19 show before leaving Scotland to work for the Daily Mirror in London.

https://archive.org/details/4TheBanks

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