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PAT FRASER Performer in the Doric
I became a Fraser in October 1970 when I was married. We moved to Edinburgh and lived there for 8 years, followed by 11 years in Aberdeen and have spent the last 18 years in Aberlour. We were blessed with a son and a daughter and now have 3 grandchildren It was not till we came to Aberlour that I even dreamt of ‘treading the boards' so to speak and it was all because of a chance comment to a customer in the shop where I worked. I'd been to see a local drama production and said how much I enjoyed it - next thing I knew I was taking part.
I was also invited to join a choir, which I really enjoyed as well. Our choir had an annual concert raising monies for local charities and we were all invited to do a ‘party piece'. Being too terrified to sing on my own our choir lady said to do one of my speeches from a play - well that sounded daft to me - so I gave her Ian Middleton's ‘Better a Grin nor a greet' book of poems and asked her to choose one and I would do that.
The rest is history so to speak one poem is not enough so I learnt another and another and so on till I now have a repertoire of 30 +. It opened doors for me I didn't know existed, and soon I was being invited to all sorts of ‘do's' and joined a concert party. The Prof from Moray Firth radio kept asking why don't you make a recording - who me? My Mum was coming up to 80 - now what do you give your Mum that is unique for her 80 birthday - you've got it a CD called Hudin it Gyan. The reason for the title - Ian Middleton always signed his book ‘Hud the Doric Gyan' (Keep the Doric going)
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The tatties ma faither gew were nae great dale