I wanted to post this to tell anyone in Shetland who might remember my dad, that he had passed away recently. I also wanted to post this in the music section of the forum.
Robert Nicolson, born in Scalloway 1947.
A few people reading this will know the song "Bonnie Shetland Isle",
Many people will not know that my dad, Robert, was the origional composer of the music and words to the song, Bonnie Shetland Isle.
Robert was born in Shetland and lived there whilst he was young with his sister, Carol, and his parents, John and Florence Nicolson. He often talked about his uncle Geordie Horne's exceptional ability on the guitar.
He always talked to me about Shetland throughout my life and he was always fiercely proud of being a Shetlander.
Robert was also very proud of his song. He collaborated with Mike Devine who recorded and released the song. Mike wrote verses 3 and 4.
Later he had mixed feelings about not finishing the verses himself, but, because he was so proud of his song about Shetland , which he loved, he was happy to Not be recognised if it was listened to.
Roughly 10 yrs ago, whilst in Lerwick for work, he called me late at night to say he had finished the song and was extremely chuffed with the way it sounded, I was delighted too.
I heard him play it a few times after it was finished, and played it too, but i remember being annoyed because he had the best guitar to play(his)
I have recorded the song the way i think my dad played it(to the best of my ability), this is the way he played it when there was enough lubrication going to get the vocal chords going at daft o'clock in the morning and keep everyone going till the afternoon!
here is a link to listen to Roberts/my version of the song ;
Up helly Aa has gone for me
Northern lights over the sea.