Eddie Rose - Scotland's Son of Fun


Air Ambulance Is Quids In

Scotland"s Son of fun has presented two cheques to Perthshire-based Scotland"s Charity Air Ambulance .Eddie Rose and Brandon McPhee hosted a raffle at their gig in Pitlochry Town Hall and managed to raise £264. A second cheque of £72 was also handed over after Eddie and his wife Margaret daughter in law Jill Rose of balance beauty room Bridge of Earn helped organise a raffle at a fashion show in Pitlochry Golf Club. Eddie said the service was central for the people in Highland Perthshire and wanted to donate the money to such an essential service.
Fiona Dennis Community Fundraiser for SCAA is pictured receiving the cheques.

Scottish night Out 50years

A Big County entertainer is celebrating 50 years of making people laugh.

Eddie Rose, known to thousand’s a ‘Scotland’s Son of Fun’ has made generations of visitors to Pitlochry cry with laughter at his family-friendly comedy and observations about the Scottish way of life.

Originally from Cromdale in Strathspey, Eddie made Pitlochry his home in 1965. His talent for singing, cross-dressing and clean humour made him a popular stalwart of the town’s Highland Nights held at the town hall.

From his roots in Cromdale, Eddie had grown up with a career in the whisky industry likely to be on the cards. As the son of the Balmenach distillery’s joiner, he planned to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

But Eddie left school at 15 while too young to get work at the distillery. He joined the Clachan Players in Granton-on-Spey and in 1959 saw Andy Stewart and the White Heather Club on the family telly. “Andy became my idol,” Eddie recalled. “I bought his records and I played them over and over.”

Eddie didn’t read music or speak Gaelic, but that didn’t stop him joining Granton’s Gaelic Society Choir. After the choir’s accompanist gave him singing lessons young Eddie was soon in demand to entertain guests at the town’s hotels.

It was then that he tried introducing the odd gag between songs and he found he was getting the knack for laughs.

When he was 20 he left Cromdale to join his brother John who had a job in Bell’s Distillery in Pitlochry. The move suited Eddie as the holiday town had a flourishing entertainment scene in the 60s.

Band leader Bert Cameron ran the Pitlochry ‘Highland Nights’ and Eddie was soon in demand. He developed his first character studies like ‘the Waitress’, inspired by the veteran comic Alec Finlay.

Having studied Finlay’s brilliant summer act at Perth Theatre and closely watched another character comedian, Jack Radcliffe, Eddie morphed from singer to Scots comic.

Eddie Rose became a big name locally, performing nearly every night of the week in Pitlochry and Aberfeldy. He kept writing his own material and with meticulous note-keeping, ensured he never told a joke at the same venue twice.

The calls came from further afield after well-known entertainer Ronnie Coburn became his agent. Eddie regularly appeared in Ronnie’s own shows in Arbroath and Montrose in 1973 and 1974 and went on tour of the United States and Canada with Ronnie’s ‘Breath of Scotland’ shows.

After three transatlantic tours Eddie – now married with two young boys – decided to base himself at home. He started performing five nights a week at a special show put on at Bell’s Distillery, and here the money and the audiences were better than ever.

When not milking the laughter, Eddie was working at the Bell’s distillery, eventually rising to warehouse manager.

When he retired in 2000, the way was clear for Eddie Rose to become a full-time entertainer. He travelled to gigs all over Scotland, recorded tapes of his best performances and started broadcasting on Heartland FM.

“One time I was performing in Royston, Glasgow when en route I realised I had forgotten my tights for the ‘Waitress’ routine,” recalled Eddie with a chuckle.

“I dashed into ASDA to buy some, but when I got to the gig I unwrapped them and found I’d got ‘pop socks’ by mistake. “Don’t worry,” said the soprano singer who was about to go on, and she whipped off her own tights. They were still warm when I put them on!”

He faithfully appeared at the twice weekly Highland Nights and at Fishers Hotel and kept up his popular ‘Scottish Night Out’ fixture in Pitlochry Town Hall until it came to an end in 2013.

“We struggled when there didn’t seem to be so much interest in promoting the show, perhaps tastes change,” mused Eddie. “It’s a shame that distinctive Scots comedy and music doesn’t get much of profile these days. When I entertain visitors to the town, visitors particularly always have a hoot.”

Catching up with him just over 50 years since he put his jokes on stage, Eddie, now 71, told the PA: “It all began in April 1965 when I moved to Pitlochry.

“Pitlochry though has been a great place to call home and I’ve always found the audiences very warm.

“Some of the best times were on the ‘Breath of Scotland’ tours of America and Canada and I absolutely loved playing at Hamilton Place to audiences of 3000 people.

“And I’ll always remember the time I had to introduce Jimmy Shand. I was co-starring with him at the Whitehall Theatre in Dundee and I’d just been rehearsing what I was going to say about this most iconic musician.

“He came up to me and said ‘ Now son, I don’t want a big build up, just get me on there quick’! I had to rip up my script.”

The Son of Fun is still going strong, with a chance to catch him in Auchtermuchty’s Victoria Hall on February 27, when he’ll have the Brandon McPhee Trio featuring in his latest ‘Scottish Night Out’.


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Eddie's News

Ken Dodd Show 2015

Scottish Spectacular

Another great success!

The fund raising concert organised by Mike McEwan on the club's behalf in the Reid Hall on last Sunday was yet again a big success.
An audience of over 600 patrons enjoyed a variety of acts who had travelled from 'a' the airts' to entertain with yet again a substantial four figure sum being raised for the club coffers.
Long serving compere Eddie Rose received apresentation from the club at the end of the show to mark his fifty years in 'show business'
The thanks of all connected with the 'Loons' are
once again due to Mike and Helen McEwan for their
efforts in the run up to the show and on the night and also to all the volunteers who turned up to make sure the evening as ever went without a hitch.
Mike has already set the 'wheels in motion' for his next concert scheduled for Sunday November 16th.

scottish night out

For as long as anyone can remember, Eddie Rose has promoted and fronted up his summer show in Pitlochry town hall. Accompanied by a piper, an accordionist, a dancer and a fiddle player, ‘A Scottish Night Out’ is a showcase for his singing, joking and frequent costume changes – he managed six in this year’s two-hour program.

The kilted 69-year old’s act draws on the tradition of Harry Lauder, Kenneth McKellar and Andy Stewart. And for as long as he has been Roaming In The Gloaming, and inquiring after Donald’s Troosers, his brand of entertainment has elicited sneers from a substantial portion of Scots. “Singing shortbread tins”, was Billy Connolly’s snub nearly 40 years ago.

If all one knew of Caledonian culture was the pipes, the plaid and Eddie’s patter, you would be selling yourself short, it’s true. But that deflects not one jot from A Scottish Night Out’s essential qualities.

Taking our seats on an August evening, its obvious that little about Pitlochry Town Hall has changed since its doors first opened in 1900. With space for 120 stackable chairs, the stage stands high above the board flooring and, like most of the interior, the proscenium arch would benefit from a lick of paint. Nonetheless, from Queen Victoria’s reign onwards, locals and visitors to the highland town have been enjoying entertainment based on song, dance and traditional musical skills to which Eddie’s show can trace direct stylistic lineage.

His show is resolutely local. Half a century ago, Eddie arrived in the Pitlochry from his native Speyside to work in the town’s distillery. Until retirement, he fitted his shows around his warehouse job. He is joined on stage by the brilliant 16-year-old fiddler, Liam Mannion – from Ballanluig, five miles down the road. Button accordionist Sandy Lindsay plays songs that his father wrote about hills in the mountain range that envelope Pitlochry and, pipe major Sharon Kelly leads the local marching band. Is there a regular show anywhere else in Britain so deeply rooted in its locality? I doubt it.

The music is entertainment, pure and simple – even if some of Eddie’s gags are period pieces. But as an enduring, living culture, its resonance is deeper. The costumes and performing conventions may owe a good deal to the Victorian music hall, but the melodies and the emotional pitches to which they give expression flow from a well-spring deep in Scotland’s past.

A minute after Eddie’s closing number (after which he raced from the stage to shake the hand of each member of his audience) Keep Right On To The End Of The Road was still on my internal jukebox

Sunshine and Laughter

Sunshine and Laughter

Eddie Rose , in his twelfth appearance in Laurencekirk , attracted a near capacity audience to the Mearns Academy on Friday night and certainly confirmed his billing as the “Son of Fun”. He quipped, danced and sang his way through some three hours of entertainment which had the locals rolling in the aisles with laughter. His style is very much based on the late and great Andy Stewart and he is the only entertainer of this type now touring Scotland bringing a good old fashioned music hall programme to the country communities. His shows also give other performers the opportunity to work on the stage and gain experience, confidence and recognition and he had a very talented line up with him . Sandy Lindsay, six times Scottish Champion accordionist, acknowledged his admiration of the talent of the legendary Will Starr and played some of his tunes along with some of his own compositions . His continental music brought French sunshine to an autumn night in the Howe.. Making a return visit to Laurencekirk was the delightful Forfar soprano Davina Farquharson who treated the audience to a fine repertoire of Scottish favourites and proved once again why she is such a popular performer in the Angus musical scene. Davina was accompanied by Lynn Patullo who apart from being an accomplished pianist is also a song writer . Davina included some in her programme .The cast was completed by a precocious talent from Breadalbane Academy , Liam Mannion who performed on the fiddle and flute but can also play the piano and banjo. Already a winner of awards, Liam has a great future in the musical world and has ambitions to become a music teacher. The event was organised by the Laurencekirk Rotary Club and, in his vote of thanks, Jim Brown indicated that a handsome amount had again been raised on the night for local and national charities and thanked the audience for their ready appreciation of the performers and their loyal support of Eddie Rose over all these years . With the imminent opening of the new Academy , this was likely to be Eddie’s last performance in the present Hall and Jim observed that amongst all the memories evoked by the Hall , Eddie’s sunshine and laughter would feature very high . Eddie before retiral had worked in the Blair Athol Distillery and the Rotary decided to present him with a bottle of Fettercairn’s Finest Malt so that he can appreciate a real whisky in his retirement !!

Funnyman Eddie is the Variety Star

Opening Moor Doors’ vivacious variety show raised over a whopping £7000 for charity.
For two nights (26th-27th Sept) Alloa Town Hall audiences were treated to spellbinding sets by the likes of Hillfoot Harmony, Sandy Sinclair, Stenhouse School of Dance and Alloa Musical Players.
Making his first appearance in the Wee Country, kilt-wearing singer Eddie Rose entertained the crowd with a batch of Scottish anthems.
Young and old clapped and sung along to the likes of Roaming in the Gloaming, I Love a Lassie and Stop Your Tickling Jock.
As well as comical jokes in between his performances, he also re-appeared later on dressed as Elsie – a sassy grey haired granny.

Heard the one about the charity air ambulance?

Scottish comedian Eddie Rose and his wife Margaret had Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance laughing all the way to the bank this week when they presented them with a cheque for nearly £900 raised at their “Scottish Night Out” summer show.
Audiences during the summer run of the weekly Scottish variety show in Pitlochry Town Hall took part in a raffle for SCAA, raising £862.20.
The Pitlochry couple decided to raise the cash for the Perth-based life-saving helicopter air ambulance after seeing it fly in and out of Highland Perthshire on a regular basis.
“The charity has already proved its worth in and around Pitlochry and it’s a cause well worth supporting,” said Margaret. “Rural and remote areas see the helicopter air ambulance as a valuable lifeline and we’re happy to support it in whatever way we can.”
Eddie, who has been in showbusiness for over 50 years, said he believed the 16th summer run of the Pitlochry show would probably be the last.
“It’s always a popular event for tourists and locals alike – but I have to stop somewhere,” he said. “It was great to be able to help SCAA on our final run. People appreciate what the service does and everyone – including many from all corners of the world - gave generously.”
Appearing on stage with Eddie during the summer season were other local talented artists - champion accordionist Sandy Lindsay, Liam Mannion on fiddle and flute, highland dancer Ashley Walker and Pipe Major Sharon Kelly of Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Pipe Band.
“Hopefully the money we all helped raise will go towards saving or supporting someone in need,” said Margaret. “It’s our way of thanking everyone at SCAA for the amazing job they do.”


A HIGHLAND FLING EDDIE has just released a Brand new CD and DVD to buy your copy now send your name and address with cheque made out to Eddie Rose 6 Lettoch terrace Pitlochry Perthshire PH165BA The CD is £10+£1.50P/P DVD £15+£1.50P/P It will be sent to you return postage We are now able to sell it through the website.



Snowman in Pitlochry


On Thursday 24/01/13 we presented a cheque for £1028 to The pnh scotland to Professor Richard Hillman to help to fund a cure for this very rare life threating blood disorder which i suffer from the Scottish goverment refuse to help us at this present time with funding.
This money was raised at The Scottish night out Show which was held in Pitlochry Town Hall last summer we wich to thank everyone who helped us raise this amount of money through the raffle and many donations also i would like to thank Jim Chalmers ,Dorothy Thomson and Betty Condie for helping with the Raffle and Linda Thomson and Edith Lennon at Ellanee Bankfoot for Donations.

Pitlochry In Bloom 2013

Again year Eddie was delighted to win The Pitlochry in Bloom Silver gilt award for his Garden.

Birthday Surprize

Wednesday 22nd August at the Scottish Night out show in the town hall in pitlochry Eddie was on stage when all of a sudden Sandy went into playing Happy Birthday As Eddie was half expecting a bithday cake but to his surprize our friend Helen Lapointe from Panama City USA walked on stage with this doll christened little Edd who is over 4ft tall Helen handmade all his out fit to match Eddie's.

SNO Charity Raffle

Patients Thank you to PRI unit
Again this year we managed to raise another £665 throughout this summers scottish night out show with our charity raffle. This brings us to a total of over £2000 over the last 3yrs since Margaret has been treated at the unit. We would like to thank every one who bought tickets and donated prizes .

Eddie's Concerts

Tue 1st January 2019 1-4pm
Atholl Road Pitlochry

An Afternoon of Scottish music at its best with compere
Eddie Rose 🌹 Jack Delaney's Band a great day dancing down the street this day brings thousands of people to Pitlochry.to celebrate New Year.

Mon 31st December 2018
Carrbridge Hotel Inverness Shire

A Hogmanay Ceildh dinner dance with Eddie Rose 🌹
Brandon Mcphee Show with special guests
Contact Robert Cameron 01955602646

Sun 30th December 2018
Carrbridge Hotel Inverness Shire

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 Brandon Mcphee Show with Brandon Scottish Show and Country Show and Special Guests
Contact Robert Cameron 01955602646

Sun 18th November 2018 7-15pm
Reid Hall Forfar

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 The Gairioch Blend Band and various artists.

Fri 16th November 2018 7pm
Moulin Hall

In aid of funds for Moulin hall an evening of fun and laughter with Eddie Rose, Donnie Kennedy Alister Macrae and friends.
Contact Any members for Tickets

Sun 11th November 2018 2-5pm
Village Hall Daviot

An afternoon Ceildh with Eddie Rose 🌹 Bill Grey 🎸🎤
And The Gairioch Blend Band

Sun 4th November 2018 2-5pm
Village Hall Towie

An afternoon Ceildh with Eddie Rose 🌹 Bill Grey 🎤🎸
And The Gairioch Blend Band

Sun 21st October 2018 2-5pm
Midmar Hall

An afternoon Ceildh with Eddie Rose 🌹 Bill Grey 🎤 🎸
And The Gairioch Blend Band

Fri 28th September 2018
Jury's airport hotel Aberdeen

Brandon Mcphee,Manson Grant ,Robert Cameron and Eddie Rose with various other Artists a great weekend of country and Scottish Music. From Friday 28th September Saturday 29th Sunday 30th.
Contact Robert Cameron 01955602646 for more information

Sat 22nd September 2018 7.30pm
Centre Portree Skye

The Brandon Mcphee Show with Eddie Rose 🌹
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Fri 21st September 2018 7.30pm
Park Hotel Montrose

Montrose Accordion Club with The Brandon Mcphee Show with Eddie Rose 🌹
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Tue 18th September 2018 8.30pm
Fishers Hotel PITLOCHRY

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 and Accordionist
Sandy Lindsay 🎹 🎼
Contact Hotel 017962000

Sun 16th September 2018 2-5pm
Village Hall New Pitsilgo nr Fraserburgh

A Scottish afternoon with Eddie Rose 🌹 Bill Grey 🎸🎤
And The Gairioch Blend Band

Sun 9th September 2018 2-5pm
Inch leisure centre

A Scottish afternoon with Eddie Rose 🌹 and Bill Grey 🎤 🎸
And The Gairioch Blend band.

Thu 6th September 2018 8.30pm
Fishers Hotel PITLOCHRY

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 and Accordionist
Sandy Lindsay 🎹 🎼
Contact Hotel 01796472000

Tue 4th September 2018 8.30pm
Fishers Hotel PITLOCHRY

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 and Accordionist
Sandy Lindsay 🎹 🎼
Contact Hotel 01796472600

Tue 21st August 2018 8.30pm
Fishers Hotel PITLOCHRY

A Scottish evening with Eddie Rose 🌹 and Accordionist
Sandy Lindsay 🎹 🎼
Contact Hotel 01796472000


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