A tune for Rodger
Here is a two step composed to commemorate Rodger's retirement. It will find its way into a ceilidh near you soon! '
Photoshoot – April 2018
Big thanks to Martin Stewart, an old friend of Laurie’s, for his excellent new photos of PCB which you see displayed on our site. Great fun to shoot in our spiritual home on Portobello Promenade and we were really grateful to Portobello Swim Centre for their generosity in hosting us too – just above the Turkish Baths!
Rodgie’s retirement – January 2018
We thought and hoped the day would never come - but we find ourselves announcing that our wonderful accordionist and dear friend Rodger is to retire from PCB.
We’re gutted to be losing him. Rodgie has played with us for nearly thirty years and has given invaluable musical input, wisdom, home-made soup and humour throughout that time. After a big birthday in April this year, he's done his fair share of driving back from gigs in the small hours - but will never lose his zest for playing!. An amazing man - and everyone that meets him is richer for it. It has been a massive privilege for all of us to know him and play music with him, and Roy, Wilma, Gordon, Davey and many more would echo that.
Our deepest thanks and love to Rodgie and Kate.
But what do they say about every cloud … and life turning full circle?
As a teacher in Queensferry High School, Rodger ran a brilliant Scottish music band for many years with senior pupils. Sometime in the late 80s, not long before playing his first gigs with PCB, he came across a young accordionist of outstanding talent (not actually a QHS pupil, but a pal of one) - by the name of Sandy Brechin. Rodgie was an inspiration to Sandy at that time. It wasn’t long before Sandy was playing professional gigs … some with Portobello Ceilidh Band, in fact!
We’re thrilled to announce that Sandy - now one of the country’s best-loved traditional musicians, and known to ceilidh fans anywhere that Scottish music and dancing happens - will be joining us from 2018. He’s an old friend of Cath and Googs, a dazzling player, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things ceilidh - we couldn’t possibly have hoped for a better new colleague.
Here’s to 2018 and on - an exciting future for PCB and a happy retirement for a rare mannie.