Meet Ally McCrae - new presenter of BBC Introducing in Scotland
As you might have heard, there's a changing of the guard over at BBC Introducing in Scotland and Wales on Radio 1. Our good friends and musical gurus Vic Galloway and Bethan Elfyn are leaving Radio 1 and will be sorely missed.
Picking up the baton this coming weekend are Ally McCrae and Jen Long, so I thought it would be a good idea if they introduced themselves. Today you'll hear from Ally, tomorrow, Jen. Over to you, Ally!
Hello! My name is Ally McCrae and this Sunday I will be kicking off the brand spanking, new-look BBC Introducing in Scotland show and I cannot WAIT!
Every week we will be showing off the finest new Scottish talent around, and right now, there are a whole host of musical treats to be getting excited about north of the border.
The news got announced on the 2nd of November that I would be taking over the show from Mr Vic Galloway, a hero of mine, and someone I listened to a lot in those early teenage years when you start discovering that there is music being made outside the top 40. With his excitement, passion and energy it was hard no to get enthused about the Scottish music out there. So, being asked to take over the show from the man is an honour and I salute him.
After being asked to do the show, I had a couple of weeks of thinking to myself, "Really?! Radio 1? Kidding me on aye?!" Once that passed, it was game time with rehearsals and preparation. Now I just want Sunday night to be here already. We have some incredible undiscovered acts with some real belters lined up to burst into the New Year.
So - who am I?
Well, I'm 23, 6' 6" and I graduated from Stirling Uni in 2009 where I ran the student radio station Air3 (BIG UP!) for a couple years and occasionally studied for a Film & Media degree. After graduating I moved to Glasgow, gave up on sleeping and started up an online video blog of adventures with new Scottish acts with my good pal, focusing on live music and the fun you can have with it.
I am a keen follower of the beautiful game, my team being St. Mirren (or 'a diddy mob' as some would say in Scotland). In true 'awkward-round-the-room-introduce-yourselves' fashion, here's a weird fact about me: as a child I used to spend my weekends performing children's Punch and Judy shows in public at fetes, gala days and birthday parties.
Thanks, Ally! Now for a bit of quickfire musical interrogation...
Which Scottish acts are you most excited about playing in 2011?
Akira Kiteshi - www.myspace.com/technoirbeats
Sevententh Century - www.myspace.com/theseventeenthcentury
Debbie Kate - www.debbiekate.bandcamp.com
Young Fathers - www.youngfathers.net/
Dananananaykroyd - www.myspace.com/dananananaykroyd
What were your top 5 gigs of 2010?
Frightened Rabbit & Admiral Fallow at the Barrowlands
Jimmy Eat World at the Brixton Academy
Dananananaykroyd at the Glasgow Oran Mor
Young Fathers at Belladrum festival
Pensioner at a tiny pub in Inverness
Do you have an all-time favourite gig venue?
Glasgow Barrowlands. World class hot-dogs and friendly cloak-room staff.
First ever gig?
Less Than Jake as part of some massive gig in the SECC, I think I was roughly 12 and I snuck out of my parents house, thinking I was the big shot.
First album you ever bought?
Aqua - Aquarium. Not even ashamed. I remember my older brother abusing my tastes and saying 'you only buy pop-tastic singles…' so the only logical thing to do was to buy an Aqua album
Don't miss Ally's first show this Sunday night at midnight on Radio 1 in Scotland