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Rt Hon Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond, first minister for Scotland and leader of the SNP, joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.

He has spent his political life campaigning for Scottish independence. As a schoolboy he stood in classroom elections - back then, he won on the canny ticket of half-days for all and replacing the school milk with ice-cream.

He was a child when he realised he had a knack for public performance - he was a boy soprano who seemed to have a promising career ahead of him. He says: "If you can sing in front of thousands of people when you're ten or eleven then being Scottish First Minister is nothing in comparison."

Record: Joe Hill sung by Paul Robeson
Book: The complete works of Robert Burns
Luxury: A Sand Wedge & endless golf balls for playing golf.

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 21 Jan 2011 09:00

Music Played

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  • Anne Lorne Gillies

    Ae Fond Kiss

    Composer: Trad. Adapted by Anne Lorne Gillies /arr. D Murricane

    • Milestone.
    • Lochshore.
  • Gian Carlo Menotti

    Don't Cry Mother Dear from Amahl and the Night Visitors

    Artist: Chet Allen with Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Thomas Shippers

    • Amahl and the Night Visitors.
    • RCA.
  • Gerry Rafferty

    Baker Street

    Composer: Gerry Rafferty

    • Right Down the Line: The Best of Gerry Rafferty.
    • EMI.
  • The Proclaimers

    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

    Composer: Reid/Reid

    • The Best of the Proclaimers.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Paul Robeson

      Joe Hill

      Composer: Earl Robinson

      • The Essential Paul Robeson.
      • Vanquard.
  • Capercaillie

    Coisich, a Ruin

    Composer: Trad. arranged Capercaillie

    • Delirium.
    • Survival.
  • Johnny Cash

    San Quentin

    Composer: Johnny Cash

    • Johnny Cash at San Quentin.
    • Columbia/ Legacy.
  • Dougie MacLean


    Composer: D McLean

    • Craigie Dhu.
    • Dunkeld.
  • Book Choice

    • The complete works of Robert Burns - Robert Burns

  • Luxury Choice

    • A Sand Wedge & endless golf balls for playing golf


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Alex Salmond


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