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Robbie Shepherd Biography

Biography of broadcaster, writer and journalist Robbie Shepherd who presents on BBC Radio Scotland and writes Doric books

Robbie Shepherd was born in Dunecht, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Broadcaster Presenter Compere Robbie Shepherd

Robbie Shepherd is the presenter of Saturday evening Take The Floor on BBC Radio Scotland. This traditional Scottish music radio show has been broadcast on Radio Scotland since the radio station started broadcasting in 1978. Prior to this Take The Floor was broadcast on the Scottish Home Service as the programme Scottish Dance Music from the 1930s.

Other BBC Radio Scotland programmes presented by Robbie Shepherd include The Reel Blend which he has presented since the 1980s.

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The Auld Meal Mill

Robbie Shepherd presents The Auld Meal Mill concert each year. It is now held at the Press and Journal Arena at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.

He regularly does the commentary at Highland Games throughout Aberdeenshire, which includes the Braemar Games.

Robbie Shepherd works as a compere for performances such as Scottish Fiddle Orchestra concerts around the UK including the London Albert Hall.

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Books By Robbie Shepherd

Robbie Shepherd has had a long career as a journalist and still writes for Aberdeen morning paper The Press and Journal (P&J). Some of his work has been collected in his books which are listed below and other books are collections of Doric humour and a biography of his favourite musician Jimmy Shand:

Doric Columns with a foreword by Tom Forsyth.

Dash o Doric - One For The Road co-written with Norman Harper.

Anither Dash o Doric co-written with Norman Harper and illustrated by Graham MacLennan.

The Jimmy Shand Story: The King of Scottish Dance Music co-written with Ian Cameron.

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Awards of Robbie Shepherd

In 1992 Robbie Shepherd received an award from National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs (NAAFC) for services to Scottish Music.

In 1998 Robbie Shepherd was rewarded by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) for outstanding service and loyalty.

In the 2001 New Years Honours List Robbie Shepherd was awarded the Member of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It was awarded for his services to Scottish Dance Music and Culture.

In the summer of 2001 Robbie Shepherd was awarded the Master of the University (M. Univ) by Aberdeen University for his services to Scottish culture, awarded in the most part because of his work in keeping the Doric dialect language alive.

In 2006 Robbie Shepherd was awarded the Hamish Henderson Award, for his services to traditional Scottish music. It was awarded to him in Fort William, Scotland at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

Doric On Saturday

Each Saturday Robbie Shepherd writes a Doric column called Doric on Saturday for the Press and Journal Aberdeenshire paper (The P&J as it is fondly known). The column is written entirely in the Doric dialect.

Aberdonian Robbie Shepherd now lives in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen with his wife, Esma.

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Take The Floor

In August 2009 BBC Radio Scotland announced that The Reel Blend radio programme would no longer be broadcast. The Reel Blend had been running for over 25 years. Instead repeats of Take The Floor would be broadcast. New Tale The Floor broadcasts will still be played on a Saturday night and extended by thirty minutes Robbie Shepherd will continue to be the host of Take The Floor.

The Flying Pigs, an Aberdeen Doric comedy group, do a wicked impression of Robbie Shepherd during their live performances at HMT Aberdeen and also for their BBC Radio Scotland show - with the real Robbie Shepherd in the audience!

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