I am pleased to announce there has been a great radio programme recorded for IslesFM by Maggie Smith.
Maggie interviews the 214’s Hector Russell about the life of Alex MacIver.
The interview has a great balance of musical input, all tunes being Alex’ compositions, as well as great information on Lewis island life.
The timings of the broadcasts are listed below.
Hector advises on the background to it all:-
“One of my first steps in my adventure to source the compositions by Alex MacIver was to find a Lewis connection to aid me in my quest.
I was given the telephone number of Maggie Smith and made the contact explaining the purpose of my approach. I told her that we had already gathered a number of Alex’s musical creations some of which had Lewis connections like Achmore Loch. “Achmore Loch” Maggie enthused saying that not only did she live in Achmore but was looking as we spoke out of her kitchen window at the very loch in question!
This was some years ago and since then I have received every possible assistance from Maggie about Lewis and Gaelic and many related topics.
Maggie is a lady of many talents. She is resident in Achmore in the croft adjacent to where Alex MacIver’s mother was born and brought up.
She is among many other things a writer, a musician, an actress, a historian/researcher a writer and broadcaster.
Maggie had for some time a plan to create two radio broadcasts about Alex and his achievements. The first in English was to cover his piping contribution and the second in Gaelic covering his significant achievements in Gaelic culture particularly in theatre. This was to be two half hour programmes. However such was the volume of material she had collected this plan morphed into an hour long event which will be broadcast next week.
Maggie has been and remains a very valuable ally on “Matters MacKeever” providing much information and contact with several very useful sources.
I thank Maggie for all her assistance and constant wise advice.”
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“Very sad news that John Rogers (Jolly) passed away on Wednesday 15th April, aged 90.
He succumbed to a worsening of his dementia and was not taken by the coronavirus.
John served as an officer in the B.B. for several decades. He had a positive influence on the lives of many hundreds of boys and their families, and a debt of gratitude is felt by all. This kind, selfless and dedicated man was a true Partick Legend.
Due to the virus restrictions he will not receive the send off he deserves and it is hoped that some sort of memorial service/event can be arranged in the future to mark his passing and his life. RIP.”
P.M. Donald MacKenzie
“A true legend in BB and Pipe Band worlds.
Always the gentleman and would stop and talk to all at the pipe band contests or in the streets of Partick.
I had the privilege of attending a 108 Camp to Guernsey along with Stevie McQuillan as officers, as well as helping out with Vaulting Box classes and the band.
(214 BB EX members Secretary)
“Well said Alan McColl
I remember the mutual work and the camp you mentioned was outstanding.
The Vaulting box work I also remember. When you, Finlay Urquhart and myself went along to Partick after our own Company meeting, to work jointly with our mates in the 108.
From this friendships have continued with many.”
(214BB Ex Members Treasurer)
(Material for this post was kindly taken from the 108th BB Facebook page.)