Jazz in The Heid


The phrase ‘living legend’ is overused a lot but when it comes to describing Fionna Duncan I would defy anyone to think of a more appropriate title. Other superlatives could include ‘captivating’; she certainly had over 70 people hanging on her every note at the Stair Arms on Sunday 2 February when she made her comeback appearance after 21 years. Other interesting anecdotes that came up in conversation included an explanation of the nautical term behind the song ‘The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’, the Russian translation of Joppa (not for the faint-hearted) as well as some great banter between Fionna Duncan and the band consisting of Ronnie Rae on bass, Brian Kellock on piano and Pathhead’s own Tom Bancroft on drums. There was even a special guest appearance from Phil Bancroft on sax.  Described by one audience member as “the most laidback jazz’” she has ever seen the afternoon was a treat for music fans from across the generations. The food served by The Stair Arms was delicious and yes, Fionna does like a wee bit of sugar in her tea as well as ‘her bowl’. Thanks to Fionna and all concerned for a great Sunday afternoon and you are welcome back to The Heid anytime you like.
Words and pictures: Emma Jackson