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The Great Fife Road Show returns

Back in late 1969 a troupe of singers from the Fife folksong scene gathered themselves together for a trip to Belfast. The occasion was an invitation to provide a show around folksong from Scotland at Queens University. Later that year, a tour of East Anglia was undertaken and here the name The Great Fife Road Show was unveiled.

As 1970 emerged, a tour over the summer months was planned. The numbers expanded and the tour was plotted. It was here that the late John Watt made his presence felt and a level of professionalism and organisational skill was introduced. The tour covered Scotland from Dumfries to Ullapool, a total of some 25 dates.

Following that outing, the personnel altered slightly as new members arrived and others went on to establish themselves in the world of music and song. Reunions and celebratory events have occurred occasionally over the years, and The Great Fife Road Show has gone on to achieve legendary status.

To commemorate 50 years since its formation, a special celebratory show will be performed by all surviving ex-members in Lochgelly in Fife on 18 January. Singer/Guitarist Des Haldane, who died too young in 2008, will be fondly remembered and there’ll be a segment of the show devoted to the seminal John Watt which will contain several of his masterly compositions. The show will revisit some of its renowned ensemble pieces and solo performances, with songs old and new. Laughter, tears, nostalgia and memories of 50 years of friendship are sure to be on show, so don’t miss this opportunity to see The Great Fife Road Show.