Robyn Stapleton to sing on Frigate Unicorn this Friday

From Sheena Wellington :
Scotland’s finest young traditional singer, BBC Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician 2014, Scots Singer of the Year nominee, will be singing on board the Unicorn on Friday 10th July. 
Robyn, who hails from Stranraer, is touring Scotland to celebrate her debut album “Fickle Fortune” which was released in May to critical acclaim.
Recent career highlights include being commissioned to record “Coming Thro The Rye” for Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, and performances at the Trad Music Awards and, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, at Proms in the Park! 
Robyn is no stranger to Dundee having given two recitals at the Wighton Heritage Centre.    Sheena Wellington, who tutored Robyn during her honours year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said of her former student : 

‘Robyn was gifted with a beautiful voice, warm, rich, flexible and distinctive. Couple this with a true love and respect for her material and the ability to engage an audience anywhere from a care home to a Prom concert hall and you have a very special singer indeed.’ 

Robyn will be accompanied by band members Kristan Harvey of Blazin Fiddles (Young Traditional Musician 2011), David McNee in guitar and bouzouki and Alistair Iain Paterson on piano and harmonium (Young Traditional Musician Finalist 2014).
Doors open at 6.15pm for performance at 7pm – booking details here.

The danger to wildlife caused by litter

I was contacted earlier this week by a University of Dundee student who was very concerned to have witnessed the death of a female Goosander caused by eating from the floating garbage behind the Unicorn at Victoria Dock.
As reported in last night’s Evening Telegraph, this sad event was filmed (see below) and as the SSPCA correctly pointed out, this sort of irresponsible littering can prove fatal for local wildlife:
I took up the matter on behalf of my constituent and the Port Manager from Forth Ports Limited has reacted swiftly.   Two boats are being used this morning to clear all the litter floating in the water in the dock area.    This is welcome, but the potential for a future repetition of this sort of needless waste of birdlife will be avoided if people simply do not drop litter.