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TITLE
The 'Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire' (1 of 6)
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_JOHNMACDONALD_01
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
John MacDonald
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2053
KEYWORDS
ballads
diddling
audio

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The late John MacDonald of Pitgaveny, Elgin, was a ballad singer, whistler, diddler, and melodeon player. He was known as the 'Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire'.

In addition, from the 1940s to the 1980s, he was a correspondent for "World's Fair", a weekly trade newspaper for the circus and fairground industry. Writing under the pen name "WellWisher", he reported on events and developments in Scotland in a column entitled "Notes from Scotia".

John also made puppets and put on shows for children. In this audio extract, John performs for a crowd of children at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

All right, Donald, what are you going to do the - the Highland Fling? Get on with it.

Donald: Aye.

Aye, he says. All right, the Highland Fling.

[John sings, followed by applause]

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The 'Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire' (1 of 6)

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1980s

ballads; diddling; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire

The late John MacDonald of Pitgaveny, Elgin, was a ballad singer, whistler, diddler, and melodeon player. He was known as the 'Singing Molecatcher of Morayshire'. <br /> <br /> In addition, from the 1940s to the 1980s, he was a correspondent for "World's Fair", a weekly trade newspaper for the circus and fairground industry. Writing under the pen name "WellWisher", he reported on events and developments in Scotland in a column entitled "Notes from Scotia".<br /> <br /> John also made puppets and put on shows for children. In this audio extract, John performs for a crowd of children at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. <br /> <br /> All right, Donald, what are you going to do the - the Highland Fling? Get on with it. <br /> <br /> Donald: Aye. <br /> <br /> Aye, he says. All right, the Highland Fling. <br /> <br /> [John sings, followed by applause]<br /> <br /> Image Copyright - Elvis Payne. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.