The Scottish Tattoo at The Royal Albert Hall
"The Highland Spirit" 2001
of the legendary "Corries"
The Edinburgh College of Art intake of 1955 was the meeting place and 7 years later in 1962 the embryonic "Corries" were formed - without Ronnie Browne.
Another member contracted glandular fever and Ronnie answered their call to perform in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe so the band could honour their commitment. A successful week led to more bookings and a first TV appearance in 1963 on a folk show fronted by Rory & Alex McEwan.
A young TV producer W. Gordon Smith was asked to produce a folk series for TV and chose "The Corrie Folk Group & Paddie Bell" to front "The Hoot'nanny Show" - which ran for 40 programmes. In 1966, family commitments resulted in the split of the group, leaving Roy Williamson and Ronnie Browne to become full time professionals as "The Corries". Ronnie was a singer and needed to learn guitar, banjo and the "combolins". Roy was shy. Both succeeded in their challenge and of course achieved world fame. Their song "Flower of Scotland" is the choice of the Scottish Rugby Union as their anthem. Many choose it as the new anthem of Scotland. Sadly Roy Williamson died in 1990. Ronnie decided - with much encouragement from "The Corries" fans - to pursue a solo career and also continue his quest to have "Flower of Scotland" adopted as Scotland's anthem. Ronnie will end his performance by singing "Flower of Scotland" and I am sure we will rise and sing too.
Thank you Ronnie for Joining us and helping produce another historical Scottish Tattoo at The Royal Albert Hall.