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More Fergie fun at the big re-opening
Eden Court, Inverness - 3rd November 2007
Lochaber News
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Published: 10 November, 2007

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Pat and I were fortunate enough to be among the 850 enthusiasts at Eden Court's sellout reopening on Saturday night. Everyone was welcomed by the enthusiastic staff, before being royally entertained by Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain. It was in June 2005, after playing "Auld Lang Syne" and, prophetically, "Will Ye No' Come Back Again", that Phil and Aly promised their audience: "We'll see you after the break!" Thus Phil's opening gambit on Saturday evening, bringing rapturous applause, was: "Did you have a nice, enjoyable interval?" Phil announced that Aly had celebrated his 60th birthday during that 30 months Eden Court interval, and Aly, a wee bit forlornly, confirmed that indeed, he now has his bus pass. "I got it during the longest interval we've ever had!" said he. Then came the music, delivered in the dynamic duo's own cabaret-style.

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Before even the first tune Phil, of course, was alluding to Fergie Macdonald. He related the incident of the "Disappearing CDs in the Gearasdan" (There's a tune to be made, there). Then he launched into a salutary tale of Fergie and the "Environmental Health Man". A phonecall, purporting to be from Inverness, was made to Mingarry. "Fergie Domhnallach!" was the prompt reply. "Environmental health, here," in a Southron accent. "We're checking up on your documentation for the fixtures and fittings and tables and chairs for your new premises." Fergie left the caller in no doubt as to what would best be done with any such paperwork. The response to that, was: "Ach don't worry, Fergie, I'm just winding you up, it's Phil Cunningham here!" The bold Fergie, now well fired up, retorted: "Don't you dare drag my good friend Phil into this!"

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I was intrigued, not just in listening to Aly Bain's virtuoso performances, but in watching him keep time to his music. For example, his first melody was played to the accompaniment of the tapping of his left foot. Then when he changed tune, or key, it was his right foot that got laldy. Interesting, that. To me, anyway!

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