Eddie Rose, in his 12th appearance in Laurencekirk, attracted a near capacity audience to Mearns Academy on Friday night and certainly confirmed his billing as the “Son of Fun”. He quipped, danced and sang his way through some three hours of entertainment which had the locals rolling in the aisles with laughter.
His style is very much based on the late and great Andy Stewart and he is the only entertainer of this type now touring Scotland bringing a good old fashioned music hall programme to the country communities.
His shows also give other performers the opportunity to work on the stage and gain experience, confidence and recognition and he had a very talented line up with him. Sandy Lindsay, six times Scottish Champion accordionist, acknowledged his admiration of the talent of the legendary Will Starr and played some of his tunes along with some of his own compositions.
Making a return visit to Laurencekirk was the delightful Forfar soprano Davina Farquharson who treated the audience to a fine repertoire of Scottish favourites.
She also proved once again why she is such a popular performer in the Angus musical scene. Davina was accompanied by Lynn Patullo who apart from being an accomplished pianist is also a song writer.
The cast was completed by a precocious talent from Breadalbane Academy, Liam Mannion who performed on the fiddle and flute but can also play the piano and banjo.
The event was organised by the Laurencekirk Rotary Club and, in his vote of thanks, Jim Brown indicated that a handsome amount had again been raised on the night for local and national charities and thanked the audience for their ready appreciation of the performers and their loyal support of Eddie Rose over all these years.