First & Last: Scots trad music figurehead Simon Thoumire

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First & Last: Scots trad music figurehead Simon Thoumire

First record you ever bought
Home is Where the Van is – The Battlefield Band.

Last extravagant purchase you made
Sonos wireless speaker.

First film you saw that really moved you
Somewhere in Time (with Christopher Reeves).

Last lie you told
I’m not stressed!

First movie you ever went on a date to
Silence of the Lambs (I found it too scary and left. Date stayed inside!).

Last time you cried
When Scotland lost to Belgium (again).

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Go swimming with the kids.

Last great meal you cooked
Mince and tatties with doughballs followed by apple sponge.

First crush
Lesley in P7 – it seems a long time ago…

Last book you read
Passages – Gail Sheehy.

First great piece of advice you were given
The only things you regret are the things you don’t try (Frasier Crane’s dad)

Last time you were star struck
Last night on the phone talking to Gordon Jones of legendary folk band Silly Wizard.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Give teachers a pay rise and better conditions.

Last meal on earth - what would it be
Haggis, neeps and tatties with brown sauce through the haggis (just like my mum makes it!).

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
None – I hate karaoke. It’s the opposite of creativity.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
As a father I told the kids I wanted to watch Doctor Who.

First time you realised you were famous
When I reached 1 million YouTube views…

Last time someone criticised your work
Running public events I’m always up for criticism which I welcome as it shows people are interested. There’s nothing worse than no comment at all.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Busy, sharing, motivated.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
iPad! What does it really do?

First concert you ever attended
Silly Wizard at Edinburgh Playhouse 1983.

Last time you bought someone flowers
Yesterday for my wife.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My concertina.

Last funny thing you saw online
Someone asking on Facebook, 'Anyone got a 2004 Ford Mondeo bonnet in "Octane Blue" lying around?!'

First job
TV technician, Heriot Watt TV Centre 1986.

Last person you fantasized about
Musically – Ian Carr Guitar.

First word you spoke
Dog.

Last crime you committed
Not sharing.

First song at your (potential) wedding
'Josephine’s Waltz' by Vasen (2001).

Last song at your funeral
Set of reels.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
My parents.

Last thing you recommended to someone
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Two more minutes…

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
I think of my beautiful wife and children.

Simon Thoumire concertina

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The annual Scots Trad Music Awards, featuring performances from a host of traditional musicians as well as an awards ceremony celebrating the best in Scottish folk. Confirmed performers for the 2015 event include Peatbog Faeries, Duncan Chisholm and Cathy Ann MacPhee and Claire Hastings, BBC Radio Scotland’s Young…

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