Edinburgh Festival Fringe August 2015

Chris and Clive Rickards lived in Kirkcaldy in the early 1980’s and became very interested in Scottish traditional music and have now (in retirement), fulfilled a hope to bring to notice the work of Caroline Nairne, a much neglected song-writer.
This is a press release provided to us by the Rickards.

‘The Scottish Songstress: Recollections of my Aunt’

Shoestring Players
In a golden age of writing, dominated by Burns and Walter-Scott, a lady of noble birth penned over 100 of Scotland’s best loved songs. She chose the cloak of anonymity. Who was she?
Come back in time with us. Join Chris Rickards as Margaret Stewart, the authoress’s niece, in the drawing room at Gask, where she takes you on a gentle journey through her aunt’s life, singing some of the songs on the way.

Clive Rickards, as Robert Purdie, well-known Edinburgh music publisher, accompanies on the piano-forte, playing his sensitive arrangements. Although the name may be neglected, the songs are often sung. Who has not joined in with the rousing chorus of ‘Charlie is my Darling’? How many can forget the poignancy of the fisherwoman singing ‘Who’ll buy caller herrin’? And the sweet
hope of ‘Land of the Leal’ a song that, in its day, took Scotland by storm although accredited to Burns!

The ‘Scottish Songstress’ was first performed at East Dene, Bonchurch, 2014. We thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Scottish Songstress’ last Sunday. Chris, what a super actress you are, apart from having a beautiful singing voice! M. Wray, BSC
In May this year we gave our second performance as part of the Isle of Arts Festival.
(www.artsisle.org/scottish_songstress)
Shoestring Players, based on the Isle of Wight, is a recently formed company
specialising in adaptable, small-scale music/theatre performances. Recent
productions include our transformation of Burns’s ‘The Jolly Beggars’ into a fullystaged,
one act music drama.

‘Revised, adapted and skilfully arranged by Clive Rickards, the music underpins the characters of each beggar. The ensemble work of an excellent cast was exemplary.’ Isle of Wight County Press

Venue 40: Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House Tickets: £7.50/6.00
Dates: 17th - 22nd August Box Office: 0131 220 6109
Time: 2.30pm (75 mins)
Media contact: Chris & Clive Rickards facebook.com/shoestringplayersisleofwight
Tel.: 07890 855015 email: crickards@mac.com

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