Dave Ramsay leads pupils in their performance
Dave Ramsay leads pupils in their performance

Gourdon primary school released a new fundraising CD called “Tales of the Sea and the Maggie Law” on Tuesday of this week.

The 25-track double CD was launched to an invited audience, and features the pupils of the school, who gave a performance of their own song which they wrote and recorded.

The recording took place at a live concert in Gourdon Village Hall in April, to celebrate the opening of the refurbished Maritime Museum.

The CD features songs music and poetry reflecting the important part which the sea has, in this and other fishing communities.

There is a strong local flavour to the album, featuring a host of talented local artistes including Dave Ramsay, Ray Milne, pupils of Primary Five Gourdon School, Celia Craig, the Burns Quoir, Tom Roberts, Ross Hull, Pete Murray, Sue Briggs, and featuring music from the accordion of the late Robert Gowans.

Dave Ramsay said: “The concert was played to a capacity audience, and the great atmosphere of the evening is definitely captured on this live recording.

“It is also timely that the launch of the CD coincides with the 16th anniversary of the original opening of the museum”

To celebrate the anniversary, the museum will be open from 10am – 4.30pm this Saturday and Sunday, July 6 and 7, for the sale of CDs.

Guest artistes on the album also include Alan Mowatt, Ian Lamb, and Tony Simpson with their song the “Bell Rock Light” commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock lighthouse in 2011, celebrating the many Arbroath – Gourdon links.

President of the Maggie Law Maritime Museum Committee, Douglas Welsh, said: “It is gratifying to see the museum open again, and attracting many visitors and donations.

“It reinforces the fact that, 16 years ago, the decision to safeguard the future of the Maggie Law surf boat was a great one by the Gourdon community, to preserve our rich maritime heritage”

The album also includes the “Spirit of Catterline,” a song penned to mark the efforts of Catterline folk in building their community boat, which has inspired discussion about whether Gourdon could follow suit.

The double CD, priced £10, is available from: The Harbour Bar, Gourdon, Hornblowers, Gourdon, the Maggie Law Maritime Museum, Gourdon, the Shell Hoosie, Stonehaven or direct from Dave on 01569 – 750730, with all proceeds to the museum.