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Jimmie Macgregor introduces the Celtic Zone

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Bobby Seiler | 19:34 UK time, Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Here at The Zones we pride ourselves in giving new life to old favourites and we're proud to be revisiting a variety of programmes featuring one of Scotland's best known voices - Jimmie Macgregor.

In the course of a broadcasting career that lasted nearly 40 years he has been an ever-present force in the Scottish cultural landscape. Whether it was performing with his longtime collaborator Robin Hall on TV institutions like the "Tonight" programme and "The White Heather Club" or marching up and down every hill in Scotland for BBC Scotland or bringing together the best of Scottish culture in his long-running radio programme Macgregor's Gathering, Jimmie's influence and popularity should not be forgotten. So we're excited to announce that this week's Celtic Zone will feature a number of music programmes from Jimmie's radio career here at BBC Radio Scotland.

There is a three part series from 2004 in which Jimmie looks back on his long and illustrious career, there are editions of Macgregor's Gathering where he travels to the Shetland Folk Festival in 1986, Nova Scotia in 1990 and takes a walk round Glasgow to retrace Robert Burns connection with the city in 1987. There is also a series that he made for Radio 2 in 1993 looking at his part in the Folk Revival of the 1960s and 70s which may or may not feature a rendition of his classic pop hit "Football Crazy"!

So celebrate one of the great Scottish broadcasters by visiting this week's Celtic Zone.


  • Comment number 1.

    I once had the pleasure of sitting beside Mr McGregor at a dinner when his friend was soaking about Miss Cranston, I think, and he was brilliant company. An absolute gentleman. Looking forward to hearing this.


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