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Simply Scottish

By: Andrew McDiarmid
  • Summary

  • Scottish history and culture with a mix of traditional and modern Scottish music. Take a virtual trip to Scotland on every episode!

    Copyright 2024 Andrew McDiarmid
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  • Episode 92: Westering Home: Scottish Poetry & Song, pt. 4
    Jun 12 2024

    Need a song or a poem to brighten your day? In the 4th installment of our Poetry & Song series, enjoy inspiring verse from Scottish national poet Kathleen Jamie, World War I poet David Mackie, and composer Hugh Roberton. Plus brand new music from trad fusion band DLU, a lovely rendition of the famous Highland air "Westering Home" from the Highland Music Ensemble, and an upbeat track from pioneering band Shooglenifty. Take a virtual trip to Scotland right now with Simply Scottish!

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    20 mins
  • Episode 91: A Simply Scottish Christmas
    Dec 21 2023

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we're celebrating the season Scottish-style! Enjoy a great selection of Scottish Christmas music, including bagpipes, Celtic hymns, and a brand new Christmas single from popular Scottish band Deacon Blue. We'll discuss what the phrase "Simply Scottish" means, and you'll hear from Andrew's father Andrew McDiarmid Sr. as he shares memories of a childhood Christmas in Scotland in a clip from our radio archives. Wishing you and your family a blessed and merry Christmas! This episode was originally released in December 2013.

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    31 mins
  • Episode 90: Planning Your Trip to Scotland
    Nov 1 2023

    On this episode, Andrew shares 11 top experiences you'll want to add to your own Scottish itinerary! From the summit of Arthur's Seat and the peak of Ben Nevis to the villages along the North Coast 500 and the fresh cuisine on the Isle of Skye, be inspired by these memorable places and activities. Plus, enjoy music from newcomer Katie McFarlane, pianist Neil Pearlman, Gaelic supergroup Daimh, and the Northern Soul sounds of Glasgow musician Kenny Lee Roberts. Want more? Get exclusive episodes, articles, and more when you join our Patreon clan. Learn more at

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    31 mins

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