On this week’s Stewart Fenwick Country programme Stewart previews The Thomas Fraser Memorial festival in Shetland next week.
Thomas was a quiet unassuming Shetlander who recorded his versions of old Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams songs on a home reel-to-reel tape recorder.
These recordings didn’t come to light until 2002, some 25 years after his death.
Since then, The Thomas Fraser Story has been subject to a BBC television documentary and a National Theatre of Scotland stage show which has toured here in Scotland and in America. Each November a festival is held to celebrate his work with artists coming from as far away as Nashville in his honour.
Stewart also marks the 50 years since Billboard dropped the “Western” from the “Country & Western” charts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart Fenwick Celtic Country, Sunday 4 November 12 noon – 2.00pm and Catch Up anytime.