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  • Alistair Braidwood

Scots Whay Hae!’s Alternative Hogmanay Night In, 2020…

Once again Montgomery Scott raises a glass to see out the old year and ring in the new and that means it’s time for Scots Whay Hae!’s annual selection of New Year’s Eve treats. It’s an alternative to the Hogmanay telly, so if there’s little you fancy on the box there might be something here to your liking. Tonight sees the end of Only An Excuse? as a mainstay of Hogmanay telly (BBC 1 Scotland, 22.25). Here’s the original duo of Jonathon Watson and Tony Roper on stage in 1993 with the superb live show:

Available to view on iPlayer right now, one of the best Scottish comedies ever, (at least according the Braidwood Brothers). It’s 1985’s Restless Natives. Here’s the trailer:

At, or near, the top of your book lists for 2021 should be David F Ross’s There’s Only One Danny Garvey. Here’s the man himself reading an extract:

One of the live highlights of this year was Scottish Opera’s Nixon in China, which I hope will be revived and toured before too long. Here’s the trailer:

One of the musical highlights of the year was the remastering and re-release of The Bathers’ Marina Trilogy on vinyl. Here they are in their pomp on STV’s Boxed Set:

Continuing the great music, it’s out very own Hootenanny to see you through the Bells. There were three cracking videos released near the end of the year, so here they are – kicking off with The Girl Who Cried Wolf and ‘Bad Weather’:

A Maxwell released a couple of cracking singles earlier in the year, and here is the video for his most recent. This is ‘Tight’:

Josh Thorpe got in touch and the end of 2020 to tell us about his forthcoming album, which will be with us in the new year. As a taster, this is the single ‘Manhattan’:

A weekly musical highlight of the year was Zoe Bestel’s live-streamed Live on Wednesday night events. If you missed them this is the Festive Extravaganza to encourage you to join in the fun in future:

After that, if you are after even more music, you can find The Tracks of the Year, 100 songs split into four handy playlists – SWH!’s Tracks of the Year 2020:

Well… 2020, eh? Bloody hell! Who knows, or fears, what 2021 holds for us, but whatever happens we’ll be here reviewing, commenting, and in conversation with some of those who help to shape it.

From everyone involved with Scots Whay Hae!, Happy New Year and we’ll see you on the other side…


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