Dr. David McCoy performing some
of his country music for the Dallas, Scotland ceilidah
celebration. Even the Scottish band seems to be having
a good time.
what did you do on the 4th of July? The Scotch Doc will
not soon forget his most unusual July 4th experience.
"It was a true multicultural experience, if there
ever was one," says The Scotch Doc. The educated
guess here is that the Scotch single malt enhanced and
enriched this "cultural exchange" to no small
degree. Okay, so what was the experience?
Just by coincidence, the village of Dallas, Scotland (population
203) which dates back to at least the middle to late 1700s,
celebrated its annual Ceilidh (pronounced "Kay-lee")
this year on July 4th. On his way to Dufftown from Glasgow,
the week before, The Scotch Doc dropped in on his friends
Pauline and Jim Mountford, proprietors of The Dallas Hotel.
Jim and Pauline, sometime earlier, had been sent a cassette
copy of a professional recording session of The Scotch
Docs entitled, "Dr. David McCoy Sings Texas
Honky-Tonk." Pauline and Jim, the coordinators of
this community event, invited The Scotch Doc to perform
some of his country songs at the formal evening festivities
and dance in The Community Center. The rest is history
and most unusual history it is.
American country music is very popular in Scotland. The
older, more traditional country music from the sixties
and seventies, from performers such as Willie Nelson,
Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, among others,
is especially liked. Well, it just so happens that The
Scotch Doc is an outright fanatic about this same country
music era and the same period artists. He was a hit with
his rendition of Willie Nelsons, "My Heroes
Have Always Been Cowboys," Merle Haggards "Everybody
Sings The Blues," and "Lonesome Fugitive"
and Waylon Jennings "Good-hearted Woman. His
finale, of Ernest Tubbs, "Waltz Across Texas,"
was especially appreciated. "The Scottish folks were
their usual most generous selves," reported The Scotch
Doc. Its likely that this wont be the last
Ceilidh that the Scotch Doc will attend.
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