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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.
So 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 Doc’s 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 Nelson’s, "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," Merle Haggard’s "Everybody Sings The Blues," and "Lonesome Fugitive" and Waylon Jenning’s "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. It’s likely that this won’t be the last Ceilidh that the Scotch Doc will attend.

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