Archive for December, 2008

Roddy the piper on BBC Radio 4 Comedy, 9 December 2008, BBC Radio 4.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

As part of BBC radio comedy, we recorded a program during the festival,  Danny Robins Musical therapy, to see whether bagpipes were appropriate at all times of the day!

Lovely to let a family have a personal piper for the day.  

Reel Time Ceilidh Band plays for Scottish Ambassadors, 5th December 2008 Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

The Reel Time ceilidh band entertained guests up at Fairmont Hotel St Andrews last Friday night.  Visit Scotland had organised a night for the Scottish Ambassador Programme, who help to attract the conference market to Scotland as a destination.  Guests were keen to show off their ceilidh dancing prowess, and a great time was enjoyed by all. 

Odessa, Ukraine for opening of Corvin Pub, 28th November 2008.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I was taken across to Odessa, Ukraine, for the opening of a Scotch whisky lovers Paradise. This new build pub, Corvin, can hold 200 guests, who can sample from the 800 malt whiskies behind the bar. They have put in 2 whisky stills, as well as a ‘working’ spirit safe. I played for the Launch night (comically called a night with Roddy Deans!) then for two Scottish shows for St Andrews Celebrations. My banter was translated into Russian, and even the chef from Moscow tried his hand at making haggis (the first time I have ever seen a real stomach getting used for this purpose!)

Athens for St Andrews Night, 21st November 2008.

Thursday, December 11th, 2008


I was across in Athens for 4 days for the Greek celebrations of St Andrews night.

350 well heeled guests turned out to this charity event.  I welcomed guests with some rousing bagpipe tunes and then addressed the haggis.  I also had a good tune with the band that was out for the event, the Reel Thing ceilidh band, along with their guest virtuoso fiddle player Gemma Donald.