Jock Duncan

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Jock Duncan
Gellibrae, New Deer, Aiberdeenshire
Deid25 Mairch 2021(2021-03-25) (aged 95–96)
GenresBothy ballad
Years active1930s–2021

Jock Duncan (1925-2021) wis a Scots sangster frae Gelliebrae, Aiberdeenshire, kent for singin muckle sangs an bothy ballads frae Aiberdeenshire. He haed performed at bothy ballad competitions sin 1975 an makkit recordins o his music sin 1996. Tae gie mense tae his thrift in forderin Scots sang, Duncan wis inductit intae the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame in 2006.[1] In 2000, Duncan wis gien a Herald Angel award frae the Edinburgh Festival for his lang thrift wi ballad singin.[2]

He wis the faither o Gordon an Ian Duncan,[3] baith kenspeckle for pipin,[2] an the husband o Frances Duncan.[3] He lairnt bothy ballads frae his uncle Charlie Duncan.[4] Jock's mither wis a pianist an his sister Marion wis a sangster.[5] Duncan haed aye been pairt o the bothy ballad scene i Scotland, as a sangster and judge. In 2012, whiles judgin the Turra Bothy Ballad competition, he fell in wi Iona Fyfe--nou a kenspeckle sangster hersel that gies that Duncan haes bein a wallie body in hou she sings her sangs.[6]

Ower fifty year, frae the 1930s, Duncan speirt at Scots sodgers that'd focht i Warld War I, recordin aa they coud mind about kintra life i the Noreast o Scotland afore the war. Thir 59 sodgers war maistly Scots speakers an Duncan transcrievit the sodgers' stories i Scots. Efter giein aa his recordins an transcrieves tae the Varsity o Edinburgh, an editit quair Jock's Jocks: Voices of Scottish Soldiers from the First World War wis furthset in 2019.[7] In April 2019, Jock's Jocks wis gart intil an ae-act play an syne a Scots-leid radio programme.[8]

Duncan deet in Mairch 2021, at the age o 95.[9][10]

Discography[eedit | eedit soorce]

1996: Ye Shine Whaur Ye Stan!
2001: Tae The Green Woods Gaen

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Jock Duncan". Scottish Culture Online. Hands Up For Trad. Archived frae the original on 29 Januar 2021. Retrieved 22 Januar 2021.
  2. a b "Jock Duncan". Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. 1 November 2012. Archived frae the original on 25 Mairch 2021. Retrieved 25 Januar 2021.
  3. a b Gilchrist, Jim (20 December 2005). "Obituary: Gordon Duncan". The Scotsman. p. 33. Archived frae the original on 9 Julie 2018. Retrieved 13 Apryle 2013.
  4. The singer and the scribe : European ballad traditions and European ballad cultures. Amsterdam: Rodopi. p. 198. ISBN 9789042018518. Retrieved 22 Januar 2021.
  5. Shepheard, Peter. "About Jock Duncan". Electric Scotland. Retrieved 22 Januar 2021.
  6. "Guise of Tough by Iona Fyfe". FolkWaves. 10 Apryle 2018. Retrieved 25 Januar 2021.
  7. Robertson, James. "Scottish Review: Essential Reads".[deid airtin]
  8. "Jock's Jocks". The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust. Retrieved 25 Januar 2021.
  9. Drysdale, Neil (29 Mairch 2021). "Folk music legend Jock Duncan ensured the voices of Great War troops will never be forgotten". Press and Journal. Aberdeen Journals Ltd. DC Thomson Media. Retrieved 30 Mairch 2021.
  10. Letford, Stuart (26 Mairch 2021). "Jock Duncan, 1925-2021". Bagpipe News. Retrieved 30 September 2022.