“Granny’s sister, Lily MacDougall -“Lily Fish” – worked as a clerk in Caol Ila distillery (cask admin included). She was well known for her piping all over the world, she could play any instrument, accordion, jews harp… She also painted beautiful landscapes, did embroidery with birds on, and made fantastic artificial paper flowers. Her daughter is the famous Christine Logan, Lady of the Isles, whose whole career has been whisky.
“She began along with my Mum working on the peat banks behind Ardnahoe in the 60’s fitting and throwing up peats for Caol Ila Distillery, then unloading and stacking those into the peat shed. £5 a week if they turned up every day, more depending on how many perches they fitted! Their first pay-packets, Lily used to collect Christine’s and bought LPs with it. Luckily Christine also loves music as much as the rest of us!
“Mum’s partner Gibson Campbell worked at Bruichladdich for a short time in the 70’s driving the lorry, cask handling. My uncle Angus MacLugash worked in the warehouses too in the 70’s.”
She recently dusted off her flute to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to be in a music video not only once, but twice. Scottish bands Tidelines and Skerryvore, both previous headliners at our festival day, called upon fans to appear in music videos during lockdown. The first with family photos the latter as musical accompaniment to their number one NHS charity single, Everyday Heroes.
Certainly, whatever you can do in these straightened times to uplift yourself, your friends, or perfect strangers, does have something of the heroic in it. And hopefully this sort of display of people’s hidden talents will not get lost in the detail of spreadsheets and the darkness of warehouses, after we go back to “normal”.
Stick at it Joanne.
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