‘Arran Dawn’ and Whistlebinkies

As part of the “Learning New Tricks” programme at Glen Estate we had a concert this afternoon by ‘Arran Dawn’ aka Heather MacLeod on harp and Stuart Farrar on recorders and small pipes. We also had some amazing baking by Ann Dandy who used to be housekeeper to Lady Jean on Arran. Her millionaire’s shortbread was the baking equivalent of Arran Dawn’s music. Magical.

We got to talking about Mick Broderick who was a weel kent (well known) figure in Scottish folk music along with his wife Irene. They lived in Whiting Bay so we were privileged to hear them play and sing on many occasion.

Mick played and sang with the band Whistlebinkies who toured the world representing Scottish folk music. On one occasion Mick asked me if I would knit him a Blue Bunnit to wear on tour to China. When they came back, he told me he had much trouble keeping the Bunnit on his head because people kept trying to steal it for a souvenir. He asked me to make a few more to have available with their CD’s so he could hang on to his own. On one of their album covers is Mick proudly wearing his Bunnit.

Layers of memory happened in those few minutes this afternoon. The present moment with Stuart and Heather’s wonderful music, memories of the wonderful folk scene on the island with musicians like Mick.

This has inspired me to add the history sheet and the 1980 pattern for the Blue Bunnit on to my website http://www.lynngrayross.co.uk. If you check in a few days it should be there when I gather the information fragments and bring them all together. Watch this space.


Mick Broderick donning the Blue Bunnit before a concert


“Whistlebinkies” with Mick Broderick and his Blue Bunnit from Silverbirch Spinning and Weaving Workshop



About lynngrayross

A mother and grandmother with over 40 years of experience in textile arts. Author of "Handweaving: the Basics" published by Bloomsbury UK. Available to purchase from www.bloomsbury.com

One response to “‘Arran Dawn’ and Whistlebinkies

  1. npdckrsn@aol.com

    Love it! A bunnit is a bonnet!

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