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Try out our ‘Lifestory’ podcast, this episode featuring Wee Museum volunteer Stuart Roy McIvor…
03/10/2023

Try out our ‘Lifestory’ podcast, this episode featuring Wee Museum volunteer Stuart Roy McIvor…

The 46th edition of our Lifestory podcast features the colourful life of Stuart Roy McIvor, who spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police and 5 years as a City Councillor in Edinburgh for the SNP.  At the age of 78 with a great appreciation of the where he is now, Stuart looks back on a life pa...

02/10/2023

Away for the Messages episode three is out now! Click on the picture to listen to some wonderful memories of Casey's sweetshop with Scottish tablet maker extraordinaire Helen Teviotdale...

Did you manage to catch episode 2 of our great new ‘Away for the Messages’ podcast series? More shows on the way soon!
19/09/2023

Did you manage to catch episode 2 of our great new ‘Away for the Messages’ podcast series? More shows on the way soon!

The 35th episode of the Thelma tapes continues to chart our retail and shopping reminiscence project. In this episode we hear from June Wesley and her daughter Elaine Hutton about J A Nisbet's China and Glass Merchants which served Edinburgh shoppers for over 80 years during the twentieth century. &...

17/08/2023

Alistair Bennett looks back on a Borders life in the Co-Op in our latest edition of the 'Lifestory' podcast. Just click on the picture to listen...

Our second edition of the ‘Away for the Messages’ podcast is out now.  https://thelivingmemoryassociation.libsyn.com/awa...
07/08/2023

Our second edition of the ‘Away for the Messages’ podcast is out now. https://thelivingmemoryassociation.libsyn.com/away-for-the-messages-episode-2

The 35th episode of the Thelma tapes continues to chart our retail and shopping reminiscence project. In this episode we hear from June Wesley and her daughter Elaine Hutton about J A Nisbet's China and Glass Merchants which served shoppers for over 80 years during the twentieth century.

Also available to stream or download on Apple Podcasts & Spotify

The 35th episode of the Thelma tapes continues to chart our retail and shopping reminiscence project. In this episode we hear from June Wesley and her daughter Elaine Hutton about J A Nisbet's China and Glass Merchants which served Edinburgh shoppers for over 80 years during the twentieth century. &...

13/06/2023

The 47th edition of The Living Memory Association's 'Lifestory' podcast sees 85 year old historian Andrew Grant looking back on his working life in the 1960s after he had returned from time spent on the ocean waves.   Taking us from the Royal Infirmary to record shops and driving Globe Jui...

17/04/2023

Ahead of the relaunch of our 'Thelma Tapes' themed memories podcast we revisit a selection of tales centred around life in the Dean Village and Stockbridge area of , encompassing stories of The Well Court, Bell's Mill, the birth of Golden Wonder Crisps and going to see Westerns at The Savoy and The Grand in St Stephen Street.

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Dean Village
Stockbridge Community-Education
Comely Bank, Edinburgh

31/03/2023

A selection of stories and clips from the Living Memory Association archives, with this first episode of our podcast focussing on memories of Leith from days gone by.

31/03/2023
New ‘Lifestory’ podcast out now!
17/03/2023

New ‘Lifestory’ podcast out now!

The 46th edition of our Lifestory podcast features the colourful life of Stuart Roy McIvor, who spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police and 5 years as a City Councillor in Edinburgh for the SNP.  At the age of 78 with a great appreciation of the where he is now, Stuart looks back on a life pa...

17/03/2023

The Living Memory Association is offering you the chance to win £25,000 and help raise much needed funds.

As regular as ‘Walking in the Air’ and eating mince pies, it is time again to roll out episode 2 of our     podcast, pac...
22/12/2022

As regular as ‘Walking in the Air’ and eating mince pies, it is time again to roll out episode 2 of our podcast, packed with wonderful audio snippets of long gone festive days.

The second instalment of our Chistmas specials (episode 15 of the Living Memory Podcast) was recorded early in December 2018 at The Little Shop of Memory, with memories of Christmas from as far back as the 1930s from two of our lovely guests who are in their 90s. The City Mission Xmas party, eating chicken instead of turkey, getting your first fort, and receiving an IOU from Santa are amongst the many wonderful stories of Festive times in days gone by.

The second instalment of our Chistmas specials (episode 15 of the Living Memory Podcast) was recorded early in December 2018 at The Little Shop of Memory, with memories of Christmas from as far back as the 1930s from two of our lovely guests who are in their 90s.  The City Mission Xmas party, e...

It’s that time of year when Slade return to the radio and we roll out our much loved Xmas memories podcast, packed with ...
20/12/2022

It’s that time of year when Slade return to the radio and we roll out our much loved Xmas memories podcast, packed with recorded tales of Christmas past in Edinburgh and beyond…

In the first instalment of the Living Memory Association Podcast Christmas Specials we showcase some wonderful festive stories from our archives. This selection of interviews was recorded at The Dove centre in Wester Hailes in the early 1990s and has some of the most heartwarming and heartbreaking s...

25/11/2022

A couple of cheery and cheeky wartime songs. George Formby with Ukelele Man. Not nearly enough ukelele playing on it quite frankly. Next Dave Willis with ARP( Air raid patrol.) More commonly known as My Wee Gas Mask. Probably the best known Scottish song from WW2. Joe Corrie was a Fife coal miner, p...

Revisiting our first ever   today with some wonderful   of   in days gone by...
25/11/2022

Revisiting our first ever today with some wonderful of in days gone by...

A selection of stories and clips from the Living Memory Association archives, with this first episode of our podcast focussing on memories of Leith from days gone by.

Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard 92 is out now.   https://forgottensongs.libsyn.com/fs92-early-peggy-lee-to-taft-...
21/11/2022

Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard 92 is out now. https://forgottensongs.libsyn.com/fs92-early-peggy-lee-to-taft-jordon-the-joe-corrie-players Over to Miles Tubb to tell us about the good stuff within its walls...
'A couple of cheery and cheeky wartime songs. George Formby with Ukelele Man. Not nearly enough ukelele playing on it quite frankly. Next Dave Willis with ARP( Air raid patrol.) More commonly known as My Wee Gas Mask. Probably the best known Scottish song from WW2. Joe Corrie was a Fife coal miner, poet and playright. His style was naturalistic and his subject matter the working class. He was pretty much ignored by the Scottish theatre establishment of the time. Here we have The shilling a week man. A humerous tale of money owed, performed in broad Scots. Humerous it maybe but for many life was 'hand to mouth' and the shilling a week man was a fact of life. Bunny Berigan's blues boys with Chicken and Waffles and then he plays trumpet on Gold diggers of 1933 with The bell boys of Broadway. Two from the magnificent Mildred Bailey with her orchestra- St Louis Blues and with her Oxford Greys- Arkanas Blues. Great vocals from her. We split those two tracks with Charlie Barnet and Wandering blues, vocals by Mary Ann McCall. Ring dem bells from The Harlem Footwarmers(1929.) They also performed under 25 aliases and members included Duke Ellington and Cottie Williams. Johnny Dodds and his orch- Red onion blues. His brother 'Baby' Dodds is on drums. Bit of Boogie from Will Brady's six Texan hot dogs- Basin Street boogie(1941) Not the best condition but Taft Jordon and his mob play Devil in the moon. Taft only made two records with own group but played with the best, from Ella to Ellington. His trumpet can be heard on Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain. Quite an acolade to be asked to play trumpet with Miles! E.C Kirkeby Wallace bandleader, songwriter, vocalist and manager. He looked after Fats Waller. He also started the Californian Ramblers while working at Columbia. Benny Goodman with Blues in the night, vocals by Peggy Lee. Early peggy. She certainly hits some uncharactistic high notes toward the end. We finish with Freddy Gardner and his Swing Orch. The self composed 10am Blues from 1939. A great track from this forgotten British saxphonist, who died young at 39. Its an Indian pressing on the Rex label.' 78 Records after 1945 78rpm Records78 rpm records & cylinders fan group 78 RPM Records before 1945 & other forms of recordings

A couple of cheery and cheeky wartime songs. George Formby with Ukelele Man. Not nearly enough ukelele playing on it quite frankly. Next Dave Willis with ARP( Air raid patrol.) More commonly known as My Wee Gas Mask. Probably the best known Scottish song from WW2. Joe Corrie was a Fife coal miner, p...

Forgotten Songs 91 is out now celebrating the wonderful   records in our donated collection at The Wee Museum of Memory....
08/11/2022

Forgotten Songs 91 is out now celebrating the wonderful records in our donated collection at The Wee Museum of Memory. Join magic Miles Tubb on his journey into shellac. For this week’s show notes, over to the man himself…

‘In episode 91 we look at black artists who came to Britain from the 1920s to 1950s. Well the exception is Joe Deniz who was born in Cardiff. We start with Leslie(Hutch) Hutchinson. Born in Grenada in 1900 he arrived in England in the late 20s, via a stint in the U.S. He rapidly become the darling of high society with a refined, well mannered voice and piano. He made many records and appearence through the 1930s and 40s. His personal life was, well lets' say, lively. He had seven children by six different women and had affairs with Cole Porter, Ivor Novella, Tallulah Bankhead and Edwina Mountbatten. Amongst others. By the 1950s his career had faded away and he died in London in 1969. Turner Layton and Tandy Johnstone were both born in the USA and met in New York. Their musical partnership found almost immediately success. Like Hutch they were adored by high society. They came to England in 1924 and their popularity grew. They are reckoned to have sold over 10 million records between 1924 and 1935. They appeared on the BBC and all over Europe. Their partnership was dissolved in 1935 when Tandy Johnstone was involved in a highly public divorce case. He eventually returned to the US, having married Raymonde Sandler, the subject of the divorce. He died in 1953. Layton stayed in Britain and had a successful solo career. He died in 1978. Archie Lewis was born in Jamaica in 1918 and came to Britain in 1942 to work in a munitions factory. He already had the a singing career in Jamaica and was soon working for ENSA in Britain. Here he met band leader Geraldo and he become one of his vocalists. He was very popular live and on record. His 1946 recording of While the Angulis were ringing sold over a million copies. He eventually returned to Jamaica, still performing live and on record. He died in 1988. I feel he really is a forgotten man in British poular music and an important part of the history of black artists on British entertainment. See a brief clip of him here: https://youtu.be/Is4WFhhJARg

All these four artists were very much in the style of white vocalist of the time. In Hutch, Layton and Johnstone I'm thinking of Noel Coward. Archie Lewis was known as The Caribbean Crosby. Our only female artist here is Winifred Atwell. Trinidad born pianist. There really is nothing elite about her. She went straight for the popular and her Let's party records were No1 sellers. I prefer her boogie woogie. No need to tell you that much about Paul Robson and Josh White. Both men spent time, almost in exile in Britain, from their native US because of their political beliefs. We've played Carl Barriteau before. He emerged from Ken Snakehips Johnson's West Indian band and had a successful solo career. Joe Deniz was born in Wales, in the Tiger Bay docks area of Cardiff. He was one of three professional guitar playing brothers and was, of course, a main stay of Harry Parry's band. All these artist were pioneers in breaking down race barriers in British entertainment. Their work is mostly forgotten now or certainly under valued.’

Playlist: Hutch- The London I love, For all I care. Layton and Johnstone- Just an echo in the valley. Turner Layton- Question and Answer. Archie Lewis- In the land of begining again, The mission of the rose. Paul Robeson- Water Boy. Josh White- Hard time Blues. Winifred Atwell- Let's party part 1, Highland Boogie. Carl Barriteau( vocals Mae Cooper)- Primrose Hill, I'll get by(as long as I have you.) Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm Club Sextet- Champagne. Joe Deniz on guitar.

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In episode 91 we look at black artists who came to Britain from the 1920s to 1950s. Well the exception is Joe Deniz who was born in Cardiff. We start with Leslie(Hutch) Hutchinson. Born in Grenada in 1900 he arrived in England in the late 20s, via a stint in the U.S. He rapidly become the darling of...

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11/10/2022

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Authentic cowboys, well sort of, start us off. Mac McClintock left home to join the circus. Between that, and becoming a singer, actor, composer and poet, he did a whole stream of incredible jobs. Railroading in Africa, Mule train in Philipines and news gatherer in China. He was a devoted union man....

11/10/2022

Tomorrow at 1400 we have our Cramond Heritage talk, the first of a series at our Wee Hub in Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre.
Here’s a pic of a family day out in Cramond in 1935 to whet your appetite.

Ruby Wilkie (née Darling) back row right, with members of her family.

Ruby's family used to cycle regularly to Cramond for a day out. Ruby's mother (front centre) had ten children.

Our first episode of 'Me and My Heroes' on Mixcloud since before the pandemic is out now!   Virtuoso Hugo Zuleta Garcia ...
03/10/2022

Our first episode of 'Me and My Heroes' on Mixcloud since before the pandemic is out now! Virtuoso Hugo Zuleta Garcia joins us in in the studio to talk about his life and music and to play live on the harp, the cuatro and the guitar...

'Me and My Heroes' from Thelma Podcasts welcomes the fantastic Hugo Zuleta to the studio to chat about his musical influences and play live harp, guitar and cuatro. Venezuelan musician Hugo began playing music from an early age with his brother, initially playing the ‘cuatro’, a four string guit...

Back into the audio archives today to revisit a great episode of our ‘Leith Lives’ podcast, this edition focussing on th...
13/09/2022

Back into the audio archives today to revisit a great episode of our ‘Leith Lives’ podcast, this edition focussing on the story of Archie Minto. Archie tells us what it was like growing up with right side hemiplegia a form of cerebral palsy in 1950s . At a time when disabled children were often taken from their families and placed in special homes Archie's Mother and Father fought to keep him at home and have him educated at main stream school where he was fortunate to have dedicated teachers including Sister Columba. His Father worked hard to buy a home for his family and his Mother fought for everything she could to get the right help for her son. It is due to their strong characters and the support of his maternal family that he is the man he is today.

Archie Minto tells us what it was like growing up with right side hemiplegia a form of cerebral palsy in 1950s Leith. At a time when disabled children were often taken from their families and placed in special homes Archie's Mother and Father fought to keep him at home and have him educated at main....

Into the audio   and back to     &   with David Franks in today’s ‘Lifestory’  …https://lifestory.libsyn.com/david-frank...
29/08/2022

Into the audio and back to & with David Franks in today’s ‘Lifestory’ …

https://lifestory.libsyn.com/david-franks-from-1950s-jarrow-hebburn-to-glasgow-2022

Born in 1949, David Franks takes us on a reminiscence journey packed with stories from growing up in Jarrow and Hebburn all the way through to retirement in Glasgow.  David's adventures take him from Junior School to Newcastle University, from audit assistant to partner in Price Waterhouse, wit...

Episode 89 of ‘Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard’ is out now.  Our celebration of the   record is hosted by Miles ...
23/08/2022

Episode 89 of ‘Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard’ is out now. Our celebration of the record is hosted by Miles Tubb, who tells us about his most recent shellac adventure here…

“A good deal of Western Swing, some early country and a wee bit of blues. Have to give I haven't got a pot to cook(1936) another airing. Naughtiness from The Sweet Violet Boys. Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys- Ride 'em Cowboy(1936). A Bob Wills song. My only Bob Skyles and his Skyrockets trabk on vinyl next- The Rhythm King. Milton Brown and his Brownies- Yes sir(1936). Chicken Reel Stomp(1937)-The Tune Wranglers. The also performed as Tono Hombres and sang in Spanish. Wonderful blues from Buddy Jones- Settle down blues(1939) Buddy recorded over 80 sides for Decca. On piano is Moon Mulligan. Not Max as I say 'on air.' Bob Dunn on Steel guitar. Amade' Ardoin- La Valse a Abe and Two Step Eunice. A pioneer of Cajun and Zydeco music on record. Much legend surrounds his death. It now appears he probably died of V.D in 1942. A unique voice and great accordion. The Georgia Crackers- Joe Diamond(1927). The duo also performed as the Coffer Brothers. Dupree's Rome Boys- 12th Street Blues(1929). A popular dance band number of the time, adapted perfectly for guitar and fiddle. Lil McClintock- Don't think I'm Santa Clause(1930). McClintock was a street musican in Clinton South Carolina and only recorded four sides for Columbia. Nothing is known of his origins or what happened to him. An obscure but talented artist that came and went. Frank Hutchinson- K.C Blues(1929.) Hutchinson is considered the best musician and singer of white country blues music and recorded around 40 sides for the Okeh label between 1926 and 1929. He played the steel guitar using a pen knife as a slide. He'd worked as a miner in Virginia. Died young at 48. I love this laid back track and his wee shout toward the end. We finish with that man Milton Brown and Hesitation Blues.”

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A good deal of Western Swing,  some early country and a wee bit of blues. Have to give I haven't got a pot to cook(1936)  another airing. Naughtiness from The Sweet Violet Boys. Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys- Ride 'em Cowboy(1936). A Bob Wills song. My only Bob Skyles and his Sky...

Back into the audio archives today to revisit a great episode of our ‘Lifestory’   featuring former head teacher and foo...
11/08/2022

Back into the audio archives today to revisit a great episode of our ‘Lifestory’ featuring former head teacher and football manager Terry Christie…

https://lifestory.libsyn.com/terry-christie-on-the-touchline-and-in-the-classroom

Former manager of Meadowbank Thistle, Stenhousemuir and Alloa Athletic and head teacher of Ainslie Park and Musselburgh Grammar, Terry Christie has packed an awful lot into his 78 years.  Moving from Ireland to Edinburgh at a young age, Terry's love for football was born in the streets with a t...

Back into the audio archives today to revisit   in days gone by with Robert Patterson who was brought up in Portobello i...
09/08/2022

Back into the audio archives today to revisit in days gone by with Robert Patterson who was brought up in Portobello in the 1920s & 30s.He was the youngest of 4 children and they lived at no 4 Bridge Street with their Mother and Father. We hear how he nearly drowned at the age of 3 only being saved as he was wearing his wee red coat and how he continued to be accident prone He and his friends had a lot of freedom and they explored their area from The Marine Gardens to Joppa and Musselburgh. After leaving school at the age of 14 he had various jobs before joining the Army and it's whilst he's in the Army that there's another accident involving a milk wagon when he ends up in hospital yet again

https://lifestory.libsyn.com/robert-hume-patterson-early-tales-of-porty

In this episode we meet Robert Hume Patterson who was brought up in Portobello in the 1920s & 30s.He was the youngest of 4 children and they lived at no 4 Bridge Street with their Mother and Father. We hear how he nearly drowned at the age of 3 only being saved as he was wearing his wee red coat...

Episode 86 of our excellent     'Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard' is out now at the link below and on Spotify & ...
02/08/2022

Episode 86 of our excellent 'Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard' is out now at the link below and on Spotify & Apple Podcasts, over to Miles Tubb to tell you about the delights in store if you give it a listen...
"A rousing start from Winifred Atwell with Cross hands boogie. Nellie Lutcher- Hurry on down. A wee bit naughty. She's a rather neglected R&B jazz singer and composer. Ruby Wright, the daughter of country singer Kitty Wells, with Boy you got yourself a girl. Jeri Southern- Call me tonight. A torch singer whose career sadly faded in the late 50s. Giselle McKenzie- Seven lonely days. Canadian born, popular in US T.V and musical theatre. Bill Perry's Entertainers from 1927 on a rare Puritan label. The Wisconsin record label only existed between 1917 and 1929. Jane Froman had a long and successful career in the US on radio, T.V, film and on record but what a tough life she had. Severely injured in an airplane crash in 1943 she struggled with pain for the rest of her life. Three band singers- Anita Boyer with Artie Shaw, Connie Haines with Tommy Dorsey and Jean Farrar with Harry Roy. Juthika Roy, a classical, devotional and singer in Hindi and Bengali films. Connie Boswell- This time its love. Professor J Earl Hines and his godwill singers- Get on board little children. Hines was a gossip singing pioneer with his Gossip choir at St Paul's church choir in L.A. He gave vocal training to a very young Etta James. Forgotten songs oldest record, so far. Bluebells of Scotland by Madame Derring. Recorded in August 1906 in London. What an amazing concept, a piece of history 116 years old. It cost me £1. Harry Parry and his Radio Rhythm club sextet with St Louis blues. Vocals by Rita Marlowe. Another singer with very little history. A fine voice, especially for the blues."
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A rousing start from Winifred Atwell with Cross hands boogie. Nellie Lutcher- Hurry on down. A wee bit naughty. She's a rather neglected R&B jazz singer and composer. Ruby Wright, the daughter of country singer Kitty Wells, with Boy you got yourself a girl. Jeri Southern- Call me tonight. A torch si...

Back into the audio archives to revisit a great episode of ‘Lifestory’ today with a tremendous storyteller.  John Thomso...
28/07/2022

Back into the audio archives to revisit a great episode of ‘Lifestory’ today with a tremendous storyteller. John Thomson was born in 1947 and grew up in the Royston Mains area of Edinburgh He says his childhood was like many others but he had an illegal Bookie for a Grandfather, a Granny who took him cinder collecting on the railway tracks and Uncles who took him on deliveries on their horse and carts .Once he left Ainslie Park School at the age of 15 his varied working life began. It was a time when jobs were plentiful If you didn't like a job you could leave and get another job on the same day. We hear about working in Mitchells Saw Mill ,The Co-op ,FAG Barings, Bond 9 to name but a few John had 10 jobs before starting work at the Brewery. We hear of the long hours worked but also of the fun and tricks he and his work mates played on each other.

https://lifestory.libsyn.com/john-thomson-childhood-and-working-life-part-1

John Thomson was born in 1947 and grew up in the Royston Mains area of Edinburgh He says his childhood was like many others but he had an illegal Bookie for a Grandfather ,a Granny who took him cinder collecting on the railway tracks and Uncles who took him on deliveries on their horse and carts .On...

‘Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard’, our   celebration  , has reached the ripe old age of 85!  Check out our lates...
27/07/2022

‘Forgotten Songs From the Broom Cupboard’, our celebration , has reached the ripe old age of 85! Check out our latest episode here. Over to magic Miles Tubb to set the scene…
“The fantastic voice of Kay Starr starts us off with: Rock and Roll Waltz(1954), Changing Partners(1954) and Wabash Cannon Ball(1948). The Three Kays with The Cuckoo. A popular English group in the 1950s. Cuckoo is probably a description of a lot of the rest of the content of the show. Albert Burdon with Albert before the means test(1931). I do quite like it. There are genuine gags and its quite subversive. The Street Singer with Trouble in paradise. Arthur Tracey was born Abba Avrom Tracovutsky in Ukraine in 1899. He originally used the name The Street Singer to avoid being banned from Vaudeville for appearing on the radio under his own name. Suzette Tarri performs The Boarding House. She was, what we'd call now, an observational comedian. Had a long career from the 1920s to 50s. Surely record of the week: Jack Hodges, the Raspberry King with Everything is fresh today. Eat more fruit he says, blowing raspberries! Thirteen Woman from Billy Haley. A sexiest dream. Who knew the dropping of an H bomb could be so positive. Bizarre. Victor Theremin was born Lev Therman in St Peterburgh in 1996 and was the inventor of the first commercially produced electronic instrument- The Theremin. He was also involved in espionage. Working with the notorious Soviet NKVD developing listening devices. The Theremin has been used in such films as Spellbound, The Day the Earth stood still and Hellboy. Next a 1916 version of Another little drink. Miss Louie Brooks, Jack Henty( the prolific Ernest Pike) and Charlie Collins. Charlie Collins was a songwriter of this era and earlier. Indeed it wrote some of the best known songs from the golden age of the British music halls- Don’t dilly dally on the way, Boiled beef and carrots and Any old Iron? I can find no record of him performing though. Surely this is the same man? We finish with the Canadian born W V Robinson and Freaks of the mouth organ from 1926. Utter nonsense!!”

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Forgotten Songs from the Broom Cupboard is a trawl through a collection of 78rpm and vinyl records seeking out the obscure and lesser played artists, songs and music from 1900 to 1960. Played directly from the original record. We also look into some of the history and stories behind the music and ar...

Brand new edition of our ‘Leith Lives’   out now, featuring the wonderful Rose Minto.   Rose Minto was born Rose McIntyr...
25/07/2022

Brand new edition of our ‘Leith Lives’ out now, featuring the wonderful Rose Minto. Rose Minto was born Rose McIntyre on March 13th 1920. She spent her first 14 years in Bridge Street in Leith. Bridge street is now known as Sandport Place. None of the buidings exist that Rose would have known. Aside from The Rose Leaf pub, known as The Black Swan in Rose's day. (see widescreen photo.) Rose had an amazing and detailed recall of her life. These are evocative memories of life in Leith in the 1920s and 30s. The streets, the backgreen, the crowded housing, the shops, the pawn brokers and offal butchers. The close community, poverty and complex family relationship. Rose paints a vivid, unsentimental picture of life 90 years.

Recorded in 2008 when Rose was 88.

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Rose Minto was born Rose McIntyre on March 13th 1920. She spent her first 14 years in Bridge Street in Leith. Bridge street is now known as Sandport Place. None of the buidings exist that Rose would have known. Aside from The Rose Leaf pub, known as The Black Swan in Rose's day. (see widescreen phot...

Brand new episode of our 'Lifestory'   out today - Martin Penny takes us back to London in the 50s and 60s.  Born in Hac...
18/07/2022

Brand new episode of our 'Lifestory' out today - Martin Penny takes us back to London in the 50s and 60s. Born in Hackney in 1954, Martin Penny grew up in King’s Lynn and then moved to Enfield. His father was a successful businessman who sold feather dusters then moved into selling packaged butter, taking the family from no central heating into a house with all mod cons, from proper East End to privileged.

We follow Martin's journey from throwing objects at passers by from the safety of a silver birch tree in his back garden to a successful career in radio, TV and management consultancy, Martin takes us through a laid back life filled with laughter. With celebrity guest cameo appearances in Martin’s life from Mark Nopfler, Frankie Howard, Clint Eastwood and Jim Carrey!
https://lifestory.libsyn.com/martin-penny-growing-up-in-london-in-the-50s-60s

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Born in Hackney in 1954, Martin Penny grew up in King’s Lynn and then moved to Enfield.  His father was a successful businessman who sold feather dusters then moved into selling packaged butter, taking the family from no central heating into a house with all mod cons, from proper East End to ...

Don’t miss episode 83 of FSFTBC, our   celebration https://forgottensongs.libsyn.com/fs83-moondog-to-bessie-smith-and-ec...
11/07/2022

Don’t miss episode 83 of FSFTBC, our celebration https://forgottensongs.libsyn.com/fs83-moondog-to-bessie-smith-and-eck-robertson

Over to host Magic Miles Tubb for the lowdown…

An old favourite to start us off- Frankie and Johnny. The best version, from Jimmie Rodgers. Then another variation of the Unfortunate Rake, an 18th century Anglo- Irish folk song. Here we have Bright Summer Morning from The Virgin Islands. Recorded in 1953, Viola Penn sings and plays guitar. He's back, Milton Brown and his Brownies- Fan it! and Goofus. Moondog with two tracks. An extraordinary artist and performer and composer. Genre defying. He performed on the streets of New York from the 1940s to the 1970s. Leonard Bernstein, Benny Goodman knew him. Charlie Parker was a fan and he influenced Philip Glass. He was blind, made his own instruments and dressed as a Viking. Brilliant. Back to a 78rpm and way back to 1918. The Six Brown Brothers, they were brothers, with When Aunt Dinah's daughter Hannah bangs on the piano. They were a Vaudeville act that all played saxophones. In fact they are credited with making the sax popular in the USA. Four in a row. Dallas String Band with Dallas Rag(1927), Jeeps Blues- Port Arthur Jubileers, Too tight Henry- Charlston contest part 2(1928) and Florene- Leon Selph and his Blue Ridge Playboys(1941). We had Georgia fiddle music a couple of episodes ago, now its Texas fiddle. Sally Johnson- The Lewis Brothers and the very scottish sounding Eck Robertson - Great big Taters. We go out with glorious 78s all the way. Josh white with I'm gonna move to the outskirts of town. A modern, more affluent take on the blues. White recorded quite a few tracks in London at this time, early 1950s. Bessie Smith with Muddy Water(1927). She's with her Blues boys. One of which was Fletcher Henderson. As if I'd planned it he's up next with PDQ Blues also 1927. We finish with more Western Swing. Adolp and Emil Hofner duetting on Swing with the music. I really hope you have been.

An old favourite to start us off- Frankie and Johnny. The best version, from Jimmie Rodgers. Then another variation of the Unfortunate Rake, an 18th century Anglo- Irish folk song. Here we have Bright Summer Morning from The Virgin Islands. Recorded in 1953, Viola Penn sings and plays guitar. He's b...

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We have just realised that Analog Rory's Jukebox from Thelma Podcasts has been posting its new shows almost everywhere on the internet apart from to its own page! Disaster! So now we go full speed into a rapid daily catchup (new shows are normally out every Tuesday), packed with top tunes from the shows you have missed. First of all, join the big man on episode 19 featuring Arthur Griswald, PJ Harvey, Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, Heptones and many more...
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Our brand new 'Lifestory' podcast is out today, just click on the picture below to listen. We are joined by impresario and entrepreneur Henry Spurway, a man with a mountain of stories to tell having managed Billy Connolly on his first tour of Scotland as well as working with Chic Murray and Dusty Springfield and being heavily involved in the development of the gambling industry in the UK. Originally recorded in July 2019 for Thelma FM, songs are edited down due to podcast restrictions.

Henry takes us from growing up in Nunraw, East Lothian to Fettes_College, boarding school and on to working at the George Hotel before going into casino management at the age of 21 at Edinburgh's Rainbow Room as part of The Wine Glass in Newington Road. We hear wonderful tales of the early days of gambling and cabaret shows in Edinburgh before his full leap into the world of showbiz at The Elmtree Inn in Bellsquarry.

In addition to the big names above, over the years Henry has worked with Matt Munro, Ronnie Carroll, Sydney Devine, Tam White, Rose Marie, Ray Cooney (Run for your wife), Johnny Logan and Olivia Newton John and they all get a mention here, along with football legend Jim Baxter and a panoply of court cases!

Our full list of libsyn - liberated syndication Lifestory podcasts are also available to listen to on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Brand new edition of our Lifestory podcast out now...

Derek Davidson & Big Iain Whyte: Best Pals for 65 Years
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The 11th Edition of The Living Memory Association Lifestory podcast sees us joined by Derek and Iain, who have been best friends for over 65 years. Bonded together by a shared love of Elvis, rugby and laughter, the two pals take us through their early years in Abbeyhill and the South Side of Edinburgh, then on to growing up in Portobello, Edinburgh during the 50s and 60s. From going to school at Towerbank Primary by the sea and playing football for the big team, to Porty High School and a new world of rugby, and on into the mysterious world of work. Packed with a lot of laughs and tales of Brylcreem at the baths, paying a penny for peas and vinegar, getting chased by the parkie and drinking Coke at Arcari's cafe, this is a lovely snapshot of friendship and growing up in swinging times.

This was originally a show on our on demand radio station Thelma FM so certain musical sections have been edited down/muted by FB due to rights issues.

All shares much appreciated!
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If you're looking for some nostalgic background music to soundtrack you're afternoon tea break then pop on Thelma FM. 📻
Thelma FM is a radio station brought to you by the Living Memory Association and is designed to take you back to old familiar favourites. 🎙
Perfect for toe tapping and biscuit dunking this afternoon. 🎼🍪
Graham Thomson singing 'The Road I Forgot' live on our 'Me and My Heroes' show on Thelma FM at The Little Shop of Memory studio...
Putting some records in my bag for this morning's show. We'll have John Mayall, Bo Diddley, C Joynes and new cover star Memphis Minnie. On air at 10.30am on Thelma FM.
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So, the playlist for today's show - in the new Tuesday 15:00-17:00 slot - includes 17 Top 10 Hits and artists as diverse as Jackie Wilson, Frank Sinatra and The Kinks. And The Beatles… of course!
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Tune in today from 3-5 for some magical memories from the '60s.
Your photos takes me back to a play I was in in North Wales at theatre Clwyd, Give a Little Love by Alan Stockdill (I'm the one with the red/pink hair!
Hey Thelma! I'm really enjoying the Soulville Evolution of Disco show on Friday afternoons. Brill that you understand just how much music is a part of our culture, and include such programming. George Reid certainly knows his Black Music history. Great DJ find. Great variety of music rarely heard on the airwaves. Well done all.
Were you in the cubs, scouts, brownies, guides, boys brigade, or another youth group? We've had some lovely donations of cub items from the 1970s. Check out those trunks and the all those badges. More achieved than I ever did in my year in the cubs! Lost Edinburgh The Spirit of Leithers Thelma FM