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The voices of the past ... brought to life through the latest technology - The speik o a bygane age ... gien new virr wi fantoosh technology
This website contains over 34,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards.
The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.

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Photo � Norma Allan

Bob Bertram was a well-known Edinburgh folk singer/song writer who performed in venues throughout Scotland and was a regular at the Edinburgh Folk Club.

Bob was a very likeable character, always laughing and oozing humour and wit. He had quite a presence on stage and soon had the audience laughing and in the palm of his hands. The essence of Bob's work was humour, though he did write a few passionate pieces about Scotland and racial prejudice. His main topics, however, were the folk scene and the bars of Edinburgh, political scandals of the time such as the Profumo Affair with Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies - and love, of course!

Norma Allan has compiled and recently published 'The Complete Works of Bob Bertram' (with CD), which contains items written between the 1960s and 2008. Included in the book are a number of interesting photos of Bob performing at Edinburgh Folk Club and other locations connected with his life. The CD has 31 tracks of Bob singing, reciting and talking and is available to purchase separately. Norma published a small selection of Bob's songs and poems in 2008. He died in 2009 so had no idea that Norma intended to produce the memorial edition but would no doubt have been pleased by it.

In this recording from 1967 Bob sings 'Here's to Good Ol' Whisky', one of his compositions based on a story he read in a newspaper.

Listen to 'Here's to Good Ol' Whisky'

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Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright were Tobar an Dualchais' Artists in Residence in 2012

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