The WHITE HEATHER CLUB is a name now synonymous with all that is best in Scottish Entertainment. This the longest running show on television: an entirely Scottish programme that is spreading its influence and popularity throughout the world.
Every major Scottish artist has appeared at some time or another on this record breaking show which began at New Year 1958 and is still running. On this L.P. we are particularly pleased to present some of the most outstanding items featured in our recent productions. The hosts of the show for the past 18 months have been ROBIN HALL and JIMMIE MacGREGOR who have steadily built up a tremendous audience for their beautiful harmony singing through the very many radio and television programmes on which they have appeared.
Here they sing such lovely traditional ballads as 'Singing Bird' and 'Birlinn Ghoraidh Chobhan' in their own very personal style and are joined by ANNE and LAURA BRAND, two extremely talented girls whose lovely voices blend pleasantly with their personalities, on 'Gadie Rins' and 'Here's to The Lads at the Fishing and Trawling', the latter being written by Scottish actor and wit Roddy MacMillan. Both of these songs are sung by the quartet with great spirit. ANNE and LAURA are also featured in a Harry Lauder Medley without which no White Heather Show would be complete. We would ask you also to listen to Iain Sutherland's stirring new arrangements of the old favourites.
MOIRA ANDERSON, whose thrilling voice has won her many admirers, sings twm of Scotland's most treasured love songs 'The Rowan Tree' and 'Loch Lomand'. The latter is a most moving interpretation of the old air sung by Moira with great sensitivity. The mood of nostalgia and the longing for home is heightened by the almost military aspect of the arrangement.
JAMES URQUHART whose long association with the WHITE HEATHER CLUB has established him as one of Scotland's best known tenors sings two duets with MOIRA and gives a powerful solo performance of the beautiful 'Mary Shaw'.
IAN POWRIE and his Band are well up to their high standard on 'Barn Dance' and 'Heather Bells'. Here is Scottish Country Dance music played at its very best.
To complete the Show we have a charming performance by the SCOTTISH JUNIOR SINGERS their fresh young voices capturing the spirit and enthusiam of all the artists taking part.
This album. exclusively represents the first of a new series of records produced by the White Heather Club and which will feature many of the great Scottish artists to appear in the show over many years.
Anne and Laura Brand and Ian Powrie appear through the courtesy of Waverley Records