People and Culture
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Hello Folks.. It’s 10am here on Van Isle and I’m thinking of the ceremonies today for the Remembrance of all those who fell in the World Wars. My Granda Donachie joined the Gordon Highlanders. For a start, I wonder why he joined the Gordon’s instead of the Black...
My name is Graham Donachie..I live in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia in Canada.I was born and bred in Dundee but moved to Canada in 1994 that is 27 years ago.In recent years I’ve returned to Scotland a few times and it was then that I first made...
As a bairn growing up in Peterheid, I didna realise that ivryday I was making and gaithering memories that wid come back to serve me well in the years aheid. My folk worked in the fishing yards with my father being a cooper and mother working at the gutting. My three...
During lock down I was delighted to welcome Jill from Doric Tv to the studio for a socially distance blether. The Garden was looking in fine fettle perfect for a chat about the studio, workshop our creative activities and the Mill in Peterhead. It was a great...
It has been a real pleasure to work with Jill on producing this great little video series also featured in the Doric TV pages of this website (click here to view). She does a wonderful job of putting people at ease and getting them talking. I hope this story will be...
I was raised in Peterhead. My family is still based there, so I’m a regular visitor, though I’m now based elsewhere.
When I first saw the statue of the fisher woman and her daughter looking out towards the sea on facebook I immediately thought of a story I was told by my father many years ago. My Grunnie bade in Gt Stuart St more well known as the "Burnie Streetie" doon in...
Back in October 2019 I had a blether with Jill McWilliam who was looking for some advice on how to best distribute her video content. I’ve been friends with Jill for around 25 years and have always been aware of her interest in….
I have just subscribed to Doric TV and find the folk you interview to be really interesting. I was brought up in Peterhead and went to Peterhead Academy. I left Peterhead as soon as I could and moved….
I am a Graphic Designer who takes inspiration from the Doric spoken in North East Scotland. I have been fascinated with Doric since childhood. It started when my family relocated back to Aberdeen……….
Check out Doric TV’s unique Christmas messages from David Wilkie our man in the Philippines, and also from Santa’s cousin Angus, our man in Whinnyfold. We also have a great wee interview with Karen Barrett Ayres – no relation to Pam Ayres!
Although a ‘Toon Loon’ I came from countra’ stock spending many of my holidays on farms at Westhill Murtle….
25th November 2020 Jill would like to share this short personal message with you. To watch the video, click the play button on the section below. Join the Doric TV Community today We very much hope you will join our Doric TV Community by clicking on the link below,...
I grew up in Buckie with an English mum and Scots dad, and consider myelf “bi-lingual”. As a student in St Andrews,
If you want to share what we do with others, this is a great wee video to motivate them to join our Doric TN Community
At present, Jill McWilliam, presently of Cruden Bay, has nurtured and created Dorictv which she runs from her studio in the village. It’s in its infancy, but already she has interviewed many local celebrities and was able to provide an ………..
Kenny Davidson was a great friend of mine, around 20 years my senior, we met in 1981 when I first moved to Peterhead area, he was a charismatic man who I later came to know so well. A former merchant seaman and officer with the Metropolitan..
Doric belangs te you an me: it’s in the quait o the countryside an the steer o the toons; it’s in the land, the sky an the sea; it’s in the wealth o culture an heritage; it's in the lives o oor ain folk, past an present, their sangs, stories, an their rich, expressive...
I’m relatively new to following Jill, but I’m fair enjoying it. I’d hate wir heritage to disappear as I love the Doric and I dabble in writing Doric poems. I wrote a wee booklet a lang time ago caad “Smile a Fyle” which I sold and split the proceeds atween the school I worked in at the time as a PSA and a childhood cancer.
I think it is very important to keep the Doric dialect alive. Growing up in a fishing community which is rich in folklore and culture is very much of who I am and do not wish memories of the past to be lost. During lockdown I ventured into a Youtube career making...
As the world becomes ever more generic, indigenous and minority languages, dialects and cultures struggle to survive. Language is built on not only what is spoken but what is unspoken; the richness of the social structure, climate, landscape, industry and many other aspects…….
My hame toon is Seattle, Washington US; I was born and raised here. Ten years ago I made friends with a neighbor who is a Fifer, fae Bowhill, and who has lived in the US for some time. He introduced me to all things Scottish, including a language I didn’t understand.
If you are looking for a Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Fender, PRS look-alike, this is not the place to be, these guys do their thing with all the tradition expertise skill and panache that years of manufacturing have enabled them to fine tune and produce the superb instruments they have built their reputations on….
I have taken an interest in ‘why doric matters‘ after seeing some very interesting videos from Jill. The new information I have gained about places of interest that are local to me has defiantly been insightful. The effort and enthusiasm I see from Jill also makes me keen to spread the word and I believe in the importance ……
I love watching Jill visit with people in her community and beyond, highlighting their talents. I am a person who does not want culture and traditions to fade. I think that’s why I love visiting Scotland. People are so friendly and the traditions are still alive. Keep up the grand work Jill. Hope we meet some day.
They say that language reflects a society’s culture, its’ way of life and its’ environment. If any of these changes, as they undoubtedly will over time, then a language will adapt and evolve. I use evolution in this context, because words and phrases are subject to the same…
Does anyone remember my Father Bob Watt . Over many years he published Doric Poetry in the Press and Journal and a couple of books , The Ghillie Loon and the Mannie’s Hat . Dad also had a regular spot on Radio Aberdeen and Radio Scotland called “In the country”
I have been following your videos and interviews for some time now, and I just want to add my support to your work in keeping Doric traditions and language alive. I think the way you have responded to the challenges of living through this pandemic is helpful to us all ……
Fan ma Futher deet, it garred ma greet.
Bit am nae a bairn,…will a niver lairn?
Nuh, ah canna help it, it’s the wye I am, in it aye gaits wurss fin a hae a dram.
Ach it winna change, ers fowk worse aff; ..but ah canna help it, a suppoze am daft?
I was once asked where my favourite place was, ‘outside’ I quipped but a moment’s reflection led me to qualify it; ‘in nature’. Cities, completely man made, assault the senses with artificially loud noises, a barrage of entirely human concerns….
Yesterday I would have been taking a guided short walk from Port Erroll, up Ward Hill, or Goats Hillock as it is also known, and on to New Slains Castle and back. Instead I’m posting a few photos of the area. Between 1959 and 1991…
At the period of Lock Down 2020, I was unable to personally make visits to interview folk on their life history.
During this time Mr. Jim Taylor and his daughter Joyce pieced together the history of his farming days for Doric Future.
By Conor Meeham, teacher, Slains School
Thank you for taking the time to come in and speak with the students. I hope you also enjoyed being at the front of the class.
Ceator of Doric Future.
Three main reasons I started to draw on my own Doric Roots.
I felt my own stories and experiences of being born and brought up on a N.E. Farm were going further and further from my mind.
How often nowadays do you hear a Doric phrase uttered in the streets of Aberdeen, or in any of the bigger towns of North East Scotland?
Perhaps it’s inevitable in the cosmopolitan, international city Aberdeen has become over the last 40 years
I play moothie (mouth-organ) and diddle; I sing popular Scottish and Doric songs including own compositions; I recite my own Doric poem; I do some ceilidh dance calling; I talk about the Box & Fiddle magazine; and I describe another way in which I carry on the country tradition.
Doric Future is pleased to present a collection Blog Articles that highlights the Language and Culture of the Scots language in general and the Doric Dialect in particular.
To view our Language / Culture collection click here.
Doric Future has many connections with musicians, poets and performers from all around the North East of Scotland, as well as further afield, our links with the talented members and visitors of the Cruden Bay folk Club has enabled Jill to compile a wide variety of musical content which is featured in the Doric TV playlists. These Blogs help all have a musical connection which we hope you enjoy.
To view our Music collection click here.
Since launching the Doric Future Blog back in 2019 we have been delighted to include Blog Posts from a wide variety of people from every corner of the world. In this general section, you can see contributions from ordinary folk who have something to say about what Doric means to them.
To view our People / Culture collection click here.
In the spring of 2021 Doric Future was delighted to welcome its first-ever student placements from RGU, Ewan and Ellie contributed greatly to our website during there placement and you can read in this collection some of the great work they produced for Doric Future.
To view our RGU Student collection click here.
Walking / Wellbeing
Jill has always found peace and comfort from walking in the countryside, in this collection you will find several of her accounts as well as submissions from others on the same subject.
To view our Walking / Wellbeing collection click here.