View from Prince Leopold's Cairn overlooking Balmoral By Ellie McDonald The Balmoral Cairns One fine Sunday before the snow hit (again) I took a walk around the Balmoral Estate in Deeside in search of stone cairns I’d heard about. Now, had I properly looked at my...
I posted this image on the Doric TV Facebook page to promote the ‘wide open spaces of Aberdeenshire’ for well-being. I was ‘fair chuffed’ to receive the following correspondence back from across the miles....... From: Graham Donachie a Doric TV Viewer from Dundee now...
Aberdeen music scene Ower the years Aiberdeen has acted as a cultural hub for the North East of Scotland. Fae Annie Lennox tae the AECC, Aiberdeen is certainly familiar tae the music world, but the cultural history runs much deeper.
I have just subscribed to Doric TV and find the folk you interview to be really interesting. I was brought up in Peterhead and went to Peterhead Academy. I left Peterhead as soon as I could and moved….
I am a Graphic Designer who takes inspiration from the Doric spoken in North East Scotland. I have been fascinated with Doric since childhood. It started when my family relocated back to Aberdeen……….
Check out Doric TV’s unique Christmas messages from David Wilkie our man in the Philippines, and also from Santa’s cousin Angus, our man in Whinnyfold. We also have a great wee interview with Karen Barrett Ayres – no relation to Pam Ayres!
Although a ‘Toon Loon’ I came from countra’ stock spending many of my holidays on farms at Westhill Murtle….
I grew up in Buckie with an English mum and Scots dad, and consider myelf “bi-lingual”. As a student in St Andrews, I recall phoning my parents from the payphone in the corridor on my first night away from home and prattling away in my native dialect, much to the...
At present, Jill McWilliam, presently of Cruden Bay, has nurtured and created Dorictv which she runs from her studio in the village. It’s in its infancy, but already she has interviewed many local celebrities and was able to provide an ………..
Kenny Davidson was a great friend of mine, around 20 years my senior, we met in 1981 when I first moved to Peterhead area, he was a charismatic man who I later came to know so well. A former merchant seaman and officer with the Metropolitan..
I wis born and broucht up in Tornaveen in rural Aiberdeenshie, wi parents fae Buchan wi i doric aye being spoken and encourged tae use it. Nooadays I sing sangs that tell i stories o i North East and beyond in Doric and Scots, It a vital pairt o the culture and...
Doric belangs te you an me: it’s in the quait o the countryside an the steer o the toons; it’s in the land, the sky an the sea; it’s in the wealth o culture an heritage; it's in the lives o oor ain folk, past an present, their sangs, stories, an their rich, expressive...
Back in 2006 a group of local North East musicians formed a band and called themselves Bratach Bana, a name suggested to them by the popular Scottish singer Fiona Kennedy, named after a song made famous by her late father Calum Kennedy many years before. So far so...
I’m relatively new to following Jill, but I’m fair enjoying it. I’d hate wir heritage to disappear as I love the Doric and I dabble in writing Doric poems. I wrote a wee booklet a lang time ago caad “Smile a Fyle” which I sold and split the proceeds atween the school I worked in at the time as a PSA and a childhood cancer.
It’s great how Doric TV is gathering folk fae a oor the world! That’s fit we aim tae continue to do. Looking back as a poet and author. This month September sees me celebrating 32 years in my craft as a poet and author.I began writing In 1988 after a humerus...
I think it is very important to keep the Doric dialect alive. Growing up in a fishing community which is rich in folklore and culture is very much of who I am and do not wish memories of the past to be lost. During lockdown I ventured into a Youtube career making...
Doric Future work hard at promoting the Doric Culture where ever it can, our Doric TV episode shown on the 9th of July was of Fraserburgh singer Alan Reid (Thr Doric Min), our video went viral andwas picked up by the Press and Journal ….
As the world becomes ever more generic, indigenous and minority languages, dialects and cultures struggle to survive. Language is built on not only what is spoken but what is unspoken; the richness of the social structure, climate, landscape, industry and many other aspects…….
My hame toon is Seattle, Washington US; I was born and raised here. Ten years ago I made friends with a neighbor who is a Fifer, fae Bowhill, and who has lived in the US for some time. He introduced me to all things Scottish, including a language I didn’t understand.
If you are looking for a Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Fender, PRS look-alike, this is not the place to be, these guys do their thing with all the tradition expertise skill and panache that years of manufacturing have enabled them to fine tune and produce the superb instruments they have built their reputations on….
I have taken an interest in ‘why doric matters‘ after seeing some very interesting videos from Jill. The new information I have gained about places of interest that are local to me has defiantly been insightful. The effort and enthusiasm I see from Jill also makes me keen to spread the word and I believe in the importance ……
Myself and daryl are based in collieston, on the Buchan coast. I moved here in 2003 and Daryl a few years later and we started making music. Initially we developed a ‘village orchestra’ (Oxbow Lake orchestra) The Lang Reel O Collieston was written at one of those sessions.
One of our many musical….
I love watching Jill visit with people in her community and beyond, highlighting their talents. I am a person who does not want culture and traditions to fade. I think that’s why I love visiting Scotland. People are so friendly and the traditions are still alive. Keep up the grand work Jill. Hope we meet some day.
They say that language reflects a society’s culture, its’ way of life and its’ environment. If any of these changes, as they undoubtedly will over time, then a language will adapt and evolve. I use evolution in this context, because words and phrases are subject to the same…
Does anyone remember my Father Bob Watt . Over many years he published Doric Poetry in the Press and Journal and a couple of books , The Ghillie Loon and the Mannie’s Hat . Dad also had a regular spot on Radio Aberdeen and Radio Scotland called “In the country”
I have been following your videos and interviews for some time now, and I just want to add my support to your work in keeping Doric traditions and language alive. I think the way you have responded to the challenges of living through this pandemic is helpful to us all ……
Fan ma Futher deet, it garred ma greet.
Bit am nae a bairn,…will a niver lairn?
Nuh, ah canna help it, it’s the wye I am, in it aye gaits wurss fin a hae a dram.
Ach it winna change, ers fowk worse aff; ..but ah canna help it, a suppoze am daft?
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John grew up in Kingston-upon-Spey, the small village that sits to the west of the
mouth of the River Spey. He worked on an oar on the salmon nets in the late 1980s,
and then did a season as a grouse beater the summer after.
I was once asked where my favourite place was, ‘outside’ I quipped but a moment’s reflection led me to qualify it; ‘in nature’. Cities, completely man made, assault the senses with artificially loud noises, a barrage of entirely human concerns….
Yesterday I would have been taking a guided short walk from Port Erroll, up Ward Hill, or Goats Hillock as it is also known, and on to New Slains Castle and back. Instead I’m posting a few photos of the area. Between 1959 and 1991…
At the period of Lock Down 2020, I was unable to personally make visits to interview folk on their life history.
During this time Mr. Jim Taylor and his daughter Joyce pieced together the history of his farming days for Doric Future.
By Conor Meeham, teacher, Slains School
Thank you for taking the time to come in and speak with the students. I hope you also enjoyed being at the front of the class.
Ceator of Doric Future.
Three main reasons I started to draw on my own Doric Roots.
I felt my own stories and experiences of being born and brought up on a N.E. Farm were going further and further from my mind.
How often nowadays do you hear a Doric phrase uttered in the streets of Aberdeen, or in any of the bigger towns of North East Scotland?
Perhaps it’s inevitable in the cosmopolitan, international city Aberdeen has become over the last 40 years
I play moothie (mouth-organ) and diddle; I sing popular Scottish and Doric songs including own compositions; I recite my own Doric poem; I do some ceilidh dance calling; I talk about the Box & Fiddle magazine; and I describe another way in which I carry on the country tradition.
(written especially for Doric Future)
What does the North East doric mean to me?” To be honest I’ve never thought of it in that way, and there’s your greatest clue. Having been brought up speaking it, I don’t have to think about it, I don’t have to think about it!
I would like to introduce you to Our Doric Man, From “Down Under”!
This lovely Australian man originally from Crathie, Aberdeenshire, contacted me when he started to watch some of my videos from Aberdeenshire on you tube.
My name is Antonia Uri, I am 23 years old and I was brought up in the countryside in-between Mintlaw and Longside. Preserving the Doric dialect is extremely important to me because it is a huge part of who I am, and is something that ties me to my home
(written especially for Doric Future)
DORIC Fit is “Doric”? Doric is the wye north-East folk spik. I suppose ye wid ca’ it an accent or a dialect. Fin I wis a loon, I didna’ ken that I spoke Doric or hid an accent. Ye see, the wye I spoke wis learnt at my midder’s…
The importance of videoing oral history to document not only how the Doric language is spoken, but also on how we look. There are certain features that mark a Doric face, shaped possibly by the environment we are brought up in.
Bessie has a great history.
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