Tartan tunes to take you back

REMEMBER the great Scottish songs that you simply had to dance to?

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Alyson Orr, Christian, Dean Park and Chris Scougal star in Jock'n'Roll
Alyson Orr, Christian, Dean Park and Chris Scougal star in Jock'n'Roll

Do you recall the tartan tracks of your tears?

Well, if the needle of your own memory has gone a little blunt in recent years, the Pavilion is set to bring you a musical theatre show that will take you back in time and bring a smile to the dourest of faces.

Jock 'n' Roll is a celebration of all the great Scottish pop songs that have graced the charts. (And some which were performed before the Hit Parade was even thought of.)

"The music will feature an incredible range of performers," says Pavilion boss, Iain Gordon.

"With the Commonwealth Games coming up, and the independence referendum, we figured it would be an ideal time to reflect on some of the great music Scotland has produced over the years.

"And when we started to look at the Scottish input to the music scene we realised it was phenomenal. In fact, it was incredibly difficult to squeeze all the songs into one show. But we've had a really good go at it."

Jock 'n' Roll will star, Dean Park, Christian, The Swing Cats and Chris Scougal.

"What will really give the show an impact is we're using a live band," adds Iain.

The audience can look forward to Dean and co performing Marmalade's Cousin Norma, Deacon Blue's Dignity, The Proclaimers' 500 Miles and Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around.

There will also be a rendition of Middle of the Road's Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - which will offer up a comedy surprise.

Sheena Easton, Lulu, Annie Lennox, Lena Martell and even little Lena Zavaroni will also appear in musical form.

And of course, how could we forget the Bay City Rollers?

There will also be great solo tracks from Frankie Miller and Alex Harvey, and duos such as Gallagher and Lyle.

The show also rewinds on fun songs, from Lonnie Donnegan's My Old Man's a Dustman, to Sir Harry Lauder's Stop Yer Ticklin' Jock.

"I get to perform some Andy Stewart songs," says Dean Park. "And it's great because my dad was such a big fan of Andy.

"I remember him taking me to see Andy at the King's when I was ten, and I thought his Donald Where's Your Troosers was wonderful.

"Now, I get to sing his rock 'n'roll version."

Dean also performs Frankie Miller classics, Darlin' and Caledonia. "I met Frankie way back in the day when he was with The Stoics and they played Sgt Pepper's Club in Great Western Road. He was truly amazing."

Alyson Orr, of the Swing Cats, says she is especially proud to have the chance to sing the Lena Martell classic, One Day At A Time.

"I've wanted to sing that song live on stage since I was a kid.

I also get to sing Sheena Easton's For Your Eyes only. As a teenager she was a great role model. She was a hero of mine."

The other Swing Cats, Laura Ellis and Nicola Auld also get to perform songs close to their own hearts. Nicola sings Lena Zavaroni's Mama, He's Making Eyes At Me, while Laura performs a great version of Eddi Reader's Perfect.

Chris Scougal says one of his songs is especially important.

"I sing Neil Reid's Mother of Mine, and I'll be singing it as a personal tribute to my own mother, who really did everything for us growing up as my dad wasn't around much."

Chris will also sing a song which, he says, will have hairs standing on the backs of necks.

"It's Billy Connolly's I Wish I Was In Glasgow," he says. "It's all about appreciating the city when you've been away. It's nostalgic, and it's really heartfelt. The Pavilion audience will love it."

Christian also takes a trip down memory lane. "I get to sing my 1978 Eurovision entry, Shine It On, which I performed at the Royal Albert Hall.

The singer, who once fronted the Chris McClure Section, will also sing three Marmalade songs, including the Lennon/McCarntey written Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

"It's special for me to do Marmalade songs. I met them lots of times years ago when they were still called Dean Ford and the Gaylords. They were an excellent band, who just needed the right song. And this was it."

Alyson however reveals there are pressures which come from performing a musical memories show.

"When you sing great songs by great artists, you sense the audience expect so much.

"That's why we'll all be doing our very best to recreate the songs, with the original arrangements, but in our own styles."

l Jock n' Roll, The Pavilion, Wednesday April 30 - Saturday May 10. For tickets, see http://www.paviliontheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ or call the box office on 0141 332 1846.

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