Aug 292014

Get yourself and/or your kids along to Family History Day that the John Gray Centre, Haddington

10-1pm for kids drop in and 10-4pm for other events.


KIDS:   10-1pm:   I’ll be there with Nicola Wright – with storytelling, clues and codes to crack, morse code machines, rats to follow. Find what Sergeant Bill has lost and lots more.


Ruth Boreham (family history researcher from Who do you think you are) will be sharing helpful hints (10.10-10.40/10.55-11.55)

Ken Nisbet WW1 researcher will be there to share his experiences and knowledge 2-3pm.

Plus behnd the scenes archive tours 2.15-2.45, and Scotland’s People Registrars will be offereing free sessions if you book  01620820690 OR EMAIL:

Plus the amazing WW1 exhibition!

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Aug 282014
Fundraising concert for Radio Saltire featuring Alex Hodgson and The Robyn Stapleton Trio.

Fundraising concert for Radio Saltire featuring Alex Hodgson and The Robyn Stapleton Trio.

Alex Hodgson, a singer/songwriter from East Lothian, will be joined by his band and The Robyn Stapleton Trio at a fundraising extravaganza on Wednesday September 24th at Archerfield Walled Garden.  The ticket price is just £12.   A delicious 2 course pre-show buffet for £15 will be available from 5.30pm in The Walled Garden Restaurant and booking is recommended.  A combined show and dinner ticket is available at a special price of £25.  The event is on behalf of local community radio station, Radio Saltire.

With a musical career spanning several decades, Alex has performed at the Queen’s Ghillie Ball in Balmoral for the last five years, at the Scottish Parliament, and has been a guest and presenter on many radio shows including BBC Scotland and Radio Forth 2. His music is distinctively Scottish, with both a charm and humour that reflect his background and love of music. Alex is also keen on amateur dramatics, performs in stage productions and loves entertaining children.  With a big heart and a big voice he is sure to get toes tapping.  Just back from a trip to the USA, Alex has also entertained audiences in many other countries overseas including South Africa and Malaysia.  His new CD “The Brig Tae Nae Where” was released by Greentrax on August 1st.

BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Robyn Stapleton graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours degree in Scottish Music. There she specialised in Scots Song under the guidance of Rod Paterson and Gordeanna McCulloch. During her degree, Robyn spent one year at the Irish World Academy, Limerick, where she met guitarist and banjo player Hajime Takahashi and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Heffernan. With their shared passion for traditional music and a desire to communicate the depth and beauty of traditional songs, the Robyn Stapleton Trio was formed

Since meeting in 2011, Robyn, Hajime & Stephen have been performing together across the UK at events such as the Commonwealth Concert at Glasgow’s Pacific Quay, on BBC Alba’s Na Trads and has appeared on national TV and radio and at at several Folk Festivals. Robyn will be singing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Proms in The Park in September. This is her first performance in East Lothian and we look forward to welcoming her to Archerfield Walled Garden!

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Aug 272014

On tonight’s show I will have Helen Beck from the John Gray Centre and Storyteller, HIstorical Interpreter Nicola Wright – who will be telling us about WWI FAMILY HISTORY DAY- this Saturday and just what will be available for kids and adults.  Plus a couple of tracks from the Ypres CD (released through Greentrax Haddington) as well as my usual mix of old and new tunes.  Dinae miss it – cos I’ll be playing my new jingle too!

Aug 252014

If you’ve not tuned in before WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

As usual, I will be including a number of regular features during the show including at about 10.30 a look back at ‘Today in History’ to see what happened here in the UK on 27th. August in times past – helped along as usual by Howard and his terrific website – Beautiful

This week’s ‘Classical Corner’ – the spot for classical music dummies like me takes us once again into world of Beethoven and his 5th. Symphony – well part of it anyway. As you know, I’m a self-confessed Classical Music Dummy so I have been researching this wonderful piece of music and I’ll be sharing what I found out and playing it of course at around 11.30.

There’s this week’s ‘Joke of the Week’ taken from the popular website Jokers Wild – On Line and our ‘Artist of the Show’ this week is the iconic little Miss Glasgow herself, Lulu. I’ll be playing half a dozen or so tracks of hers throughout the show.

Then there’s our competition. ‘Spot the TV Show that Grannie used to Watch’ Competition and once again, we have three Radio Saltire Car Stickers up for grabs. All you have to do is answer a simple question and email or text me during the show with your answer. All correct entries will be entered into the hat and the winners drawn out and announced at around 12.45 pm. So stay tuned. You’ll have a number of chances to enter as the show progresses.

My guest this week is East Lothian Councillor Shamin Akhtar.
Like me, Shamin hails from the north of England but unlike me, was born on the wrong side of the Pennines in Manchester. She was the first member of her family to go to university and studied Biotechnology at the University of Dundee where she also became involved in Student Politics. She joined the Labour Party at this time and also the Students Association and was elected as their President in 1994. She then stood for and was elected President of the National Union of Students in Scotland, a post she held for three years from 1995.
Shamin Akhtar
Shamin has lived for the last twenty years or so in Musselburgh, has represented the Musselburgh West Ward since 2012 and will be joing me after the News Bulletin at noon.

So please join me on Wednesday from 10.00 am and through into the afternoon.

‘AM into the PM’ with me, Andy Morris


Aug 242014

The beginning of a new week – and for Monday’s Brunch, we will be joined on the line by Kirsty Yanik from Alzheimer Scotland. She will be previewing the Sponsored Walk at Dalkeith Country Park coming up in early September – and why there will be so much more to do and many who will benefit. Plus, the usual features of community news and the front pages of the papers – and music, of course! See you from 10.00am 🙂