Eddie Rose - Scotland's Son of Fun


Eddie is a comedian who for 5 decades has kept alive the great days of Scottish Variety and he should be warmly congratulated for doing so.
I am not aware of anyone in the business who is still doing what Eddie is still doing today and he
should be highly commended for keeping that flame burning so brightly for more than 50 years.
He is without question an absolute legend and long may his star continue to shine in what is an increasingly dark world! Humour is such a tonic and Eddie"s antics and sketches so professionally
displayed on this, his eighth DVD, are sure to bring a smile to your face if not have you rolling around the floor with laughter. While comedy is the main feature of Eddie"s great act, his vocal abilities should also not be ignored or underestimated as Eddie demonstrates to great effect with the songs Donald Dhu , The Wee Golf Ball, Big Nellie May, Beautiful Sunday, I Believe in Marriage, Greyfriars Bobby, Knoming in the Gloamim( only Eddie could get away with such a long title),Round the Barras, The Tartan, Campbelltown Loch and Danny Boy, In the great variety tradition comedians need to be able to hold a song and Eddie can certainly do that while stamping his own individual character and personality on his chosen numbers. Modelling himself on the unique style that brought such great fame to his mentor Andy Stewart, he succeeds
in emulating the achievements of the legendary entertainer. Supporting Eddie musically on this golden anniversary DVD are Brandon McPhee(accordion and acoustic guitar) Manson Grant (piano and bass) and Robert Cameron (drums) The boys in this highly talented band add the important musical ingredient which puts the icing on this very fruity cake. Now in his seventies, Eddie shows no sign of slowing down (and why should he ) and his infectious enthusiasm, which is the hallmark of his stage performances, continues unbated , If you fancy an hour of unadulterated escapism then this DVD could be just the thing you"re looking for! I love Eddie and long may his many talents continue to light up our world.



Golden wedding anniversary

Margaret and Eddie Rose who celebrated their Golden
Wedding anniversary recently,decided to help out Perth Royal Infirmary in the process.
The couple collected money to donate to the hospital,raising £1000.
A special party was held in Fishers Hotel Pitlochry with talented Scottish musicians Brandon Mcphee,Manson Grant and Robert Cameron traveling down from Wick to play.

Margaret said "Brandon composed anew tune for us called "'Margaret and Eddie 's golden wedding '' and it was a great night had by all. Everyone seemed to enjoy it,thanks to Fishers Hotel for all their help.
Entertainer husband Eddie has worked a lot with the band and was delighted to raise£1000 for the Hematology Unit at PRI
where Margaret has been a patient for a number of years.

Eddie's News

At Gnome with the Roses

At Gnome with the Roses.

A most peculiar title for an article in this magazine you may just ponder. But gnomes seem to feature very much in the life of Eddie Rose as I found out during my trip to Pitlochry to interview him. His garden has a fair amount in all shapes and sizes, even one of an accordion playing gnome which disappeared at one time eventually turning up at the local police station. Eddie was told that it refused to divulge its gnome address. However, the address was gnomn to the officers and it was duly returned. The garden has won quite a few Pitlochry in Bloom competitions and the entrance area has these lining the walls.

For more than 50 years, many of us (if not most of us) have encountered Eddie Rose, Scotland’s Son of Fun, in one of the many shows he has appeared in, Bill Wilkie’s annual concerts in Perth, for example.

Eddie Rose was born in 1944 in Cromdale where his father was a joiner/cooper with Balmenach distillery.
He is the youngest of three children. An afterthought – although Eddie called it something different – His sister who was 21 years older insists that she had hoped for a gold watch for her 21st but got Eddie instead – what his brother who was 18 years older said at the time, was not mentioned.

None of the above was entertainers although Eddie did point out that his dad, when quality assuring his work products, always sang The Road & the Miles to Dundee – and that this road got longer and longer the more the quality had to be assured. Eddie’s great idol was Andy Stewart and the reason Eddie decided to become an entertainer. Later he got to know Andy Stewart well and often visited him when performing in Arbroath.

He started singing locally with accordion player Geordie MacIntosh getting spots with the Gaelic choir – but sang in English as he wasn’t a Gaelic speaker. It was here he met Margaret, his wife of nearly 50 years Watch out Pitlochry I have a feeling that their party in February will be quite a shindig! I’m sure Eddie will raise his glass of sweet Sherry to toast his wife who is also his manager and their, she ensures me, 50 happy years together. I’m sure his family of 2 sons, Andrew and Mark, who according to both Eddie and Margaret have a sense of humour too, their 7 grand children and 1 great grand child also will applaud them.

In 1965 they moved to Pitlochry for Eddie to take up a position in the distillery there and he worked there for 35 years until his retirement in 2000. For many years he also performed at the distillery ceilidhs in the evening so was never out of the place it seemed. In fact I don’t think he was at home much, he did summer seasons up and down the East Coast of Scotland, talent shows with Ronnie Cockburn who was also his agent Who he toured all over Canada and Newfoundland four times. He ran shows for charity in Pitlochry and on to that he also toured all around Ireland with Brandon Mcphee Show. The people he has performed with reads as the who-is-who of dance bands: Jimmy Blue, Ian Powrie, Bert Cameron, ,Jimmy Lindsay and many other bands, many who are no longer with us. He mentions that all of them had their own sounds as the bandleaders always used the same people in the band, so the bands had a sound of their own. He mentions that this doesn’t happen often now as musicians play in many bands thus making them sound alike.

He told me his ‘real’ professional debut was appearing with Jimmy Shand in Dundee in 1973even shared a dressing room with him there. “Mind I’m sure it was so I could go and get him his coffee and digestive biscuit at half time,” Eddie told me with a glint in his eye. He also told me that he had to sing two Scottish songs: Wild Mountain Thyme and Take me Home. The latter he used to sing in a tempo that Jimmy Shand thought far, far too quick: “No, son, it has to be song with a swagger!”

After which Eddie sang it with the slow swagger as demanded. He told me: “It was great working with Jimmy Shand, he was meticulous with rehearsing.”

Eddie doesn’t play an instrument adding “only the wireless” when asked. His music choices are country western and middle of the road but most of all Scottish music. He is a comedian of the old-fashioned variety, which means you can listen to him without getting sworn at! Comedy shows are dying out now replaced by other shows. I get the feeling that he is not impressed with the quality of some of them. Margaret, when asked if he was a little ray of sunshine at home, told me that he was quite quiet and doesn’t say much. Doing comedy isn’t easy and Eddie told me that there’s always that bit of apprehension before going on stage until you meet and build a bridge between you and the audience. He feels that it is important for everyone who go on stage to do their groundwork and to learn from others and to prepare thoroughly. Just as he is an Andy Stewart admirer for the Scottish content, he is a great admirer of the late Sir Ken Dodd with regard to comedy, and I think I put my foot in it when I told him that I wasn’t!

So how does he prepare? He observes people around him and builds up his characters from people around him. The first of his characters were a drunk and a waitress. (Don’t meet him if you have had a few, you may see yourself in the next show!). He once saw a hat in a shop, mentioned it to his wife, who then told him that she had the perfect unworn outfit for it in the wardrobe and a new character (Elsie) was born. They travel to Jersey once a year where he visits a shop selling costumes, which is where he got the Teddy Boy outfit and the gnome outfit and a few others beside. It is not only Margaret’s outfits he use, he also uses his father’s WW1 medals when playing an old soldier. Margaret told me that they could never downsize their house, as all the costumes and 14 kilts and matching jackets takes up so much room upstairs.

What ever his costume, it is kept in immaculate order having learnt from Billy Dunlop a producer for the late Lex Mclean shows Who told him: “If you wear a white shirt and shiny shoes you are half way there. If you look the part and dress smartly, people believe you are the part.”

What does he do when he is not making people laugh? Well Margaret tells me that he looked after her very well when she fell seriously ill 10 years ago. When told that she was ill, he said “We will get through this together.” and they did, they are indeed a great team. He loves his garden, gets all his plants from Charlie Easson Inverurie. and has won quite a few Pitlochry in bloom competitions. I did not ask where he got his gnomes from! Both keep in touch with the many people in the Show-biz world they have met. They have been to Ireland many times to meet Daniel O’Donnell, for example and many of them has visited when in the area.

Eddie is still busy performing although he no longer use an agent. He has been on stage with many contemporary musicians such as Wayne Robertson, Sandy Lindsay and Gordon Patullo. He does shows with Garioch Blend in Aberdeenshire These shows are in the afternoon, as all the older audiences won’t drive at night. He also works with the local Heartland Radio with a show every Sunday 9-11am which is repeated every Tuesday 8-10pm. Recently he has worked with Leonard Brown and lately he has worked with Brandon McPhee, a young man he has much admiration for: “Everything in the show is bang on, which means a lot.” I have toured all over Scotland with Brandon , Robert Cameron and Manson Grant of Pan Records.

Although he is not as busy as he was (he gave up running shows in Pitlochry for charity a couple of years ago after the tourist office forgot to distribute the posters for the shows and because of Margaret’s health) he is still busy and tells me that he hasn’t retired and never will. “It keeps you active,” he says so keep an eye out, he may appear in a show or an accordion club near you.

Eddie has just recorded his 8th DVD which he is hoping will be released in time for Christmas for more information call 01796472600 or e mail



Eddie new DVD 50 Gloden Years will be released Soon just in time for A Christmas Present 🎁

If you would like to pre order this please send a cheque for £15 plus £1 50 p/p and we will post it to you as soon as it is available.

There is lots of nice scenery around Scotland lots of comedy and song and characters.

The DVD features the banking band of Champion Button box Accordionist Brandon Mcphee, Manson Grant and Robert Cameron all first class musicians.🎶 we hope you will enjoy the DVD if you would like a signed photo with the DVD please send us your name and address to Mr Eddie Rose Dulnain 6 Lettoch Terrace Pitlochry Ph165ba Perthshire

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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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.

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