Archived Interview Transcripts
We've enjoyed the company of some fascinating and funny guests on our radio programs through the years. Browse this ever-growing collection of interview transcripts and learn about the lives behind the music. Too much information? Never!

Dougie MacLean
Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's foremost singer-songwriters. Born in Perthshire in 1954, he started playing music at school with Andy Stewart and Martin Hadden, who went on to create the legendary Silly Wizard. In 1974, while busking on the street with his fiddle, Dougie was recruited by guitarist Roy Gullane of the Tannahill Weavers. He played all over Europe and North America with the Tannahills on and off until 1981 when he went solo and launched his record label. Since then he has enjoyed international success as a singer and songwriter and has seen his music used in television dramas, stage productions and major motion pictures.
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Christine Kydd
Christine Kydd was born and raised in the city of Glasgow. Her singing career has offered her great variety: she has worked solo; featured in bands with players who went on to form Shooglenifty and Calluna; collaborated with Janet Russell in a vocal duo; and worked in a trio setting with Chantan. Her current concert work pairs her with Norman Chalmers, performing songs and tunes of the sea, and also with other singers including Lorraine Jordan and Maureen Jelks.

In recent years, Christine and others have worked to set up community choirs as a way of encouraging people back to singing. I'm an enthusiastic member of one of her "Singing for Fun" groups, and look forward enormously to the weekly song gatherings, led by Christine. So I thought you might enjoy tuning into this recent conversation, and Christine's infectious enthusiasm for singing. Perhaps it will inspire you to start something similar in your own backyard.

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Eddi Reader
Singer Eddi Reader was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, eventually landing in London finding backing vocal work with the Eurythmics and Gang of Four. She joined the British chart-topping group Fairground Attraction before going solo in the early '90s. After many years of living in London, she has now returned to live in Scotland and is in great demand as a performer - live and on tv - and as a recording artist .
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Andy Irvine
As a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Andy Irvine has been a part of some of the most influential Irish music recordings and a member of Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Moving Hearts and Patrick Street.
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Barachois
Barachois is a fun-filled quartet performing traditional Acadian music, a style kept alive through two and a half centuries on tiny Prince Edward Island, Canada. Albert Arsenault, his sister Hélène Bergeron, Louise Arsenault, and Chuck Arsenault make up the group.
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