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Anne & Laura Brand
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Anne & Laura Brand

TV stars of their day who holidayed annually in Cromarty. Anne & Laura Brand entertaining in the Victoria Hall. I would say it would be about 1964.
Picture added on 01 June 2005
Comments:
I remember when they used to stay in the Royal Hotel. They frequently crossed to Invergordon in the Endeavour, and hired it for a trip 'round the Sutors' having a sing song aboard. I also recall taking Anne's young son for a row-about in the 'Vee' in my fibreglass dingy ''Sugarbowl''. They enjoyed many a happy holiday thanks to Mrs Macaulay, Manageress at the time.
Added by Clem Watson on 02 June 2005
I remember my mam telling me about Anne & Laura Brand and how much they loved coming to Cromarty every year, when she worked in the Royal Hotel for Mrs Macaulay in the busy summer months.
Added by Dorothy Ewen on 03 June 2005
I must have already left Cromarty ( 1963 ) when this was taken ..I never ever saw them live ...This is a nice pic of them ...but that stage in the Victoria Hall ...does bring back a few memories !!
Added by John Macdonald on 04 June 2005
Got their autographs great show, they enjoyed the Royal.
Added by Donnie Robertson on 12 June 2006
There seems to be little known about Anne and Laura Brand outside Scotland. I can just remember them on the "White Heather Club". There is a 'Link'to the "White Heather Club" page on the Internet Encyclopedia 'Wikipeda' set up with basic information on it, about them. This was just as a starting point. If more information is available:it has to be verifiable. Anyone can add to or edit it. There seems to be a lot about the other performers, who were in "The White Heather Club", on the internet, but not about them.
Added by Peter Lane on 19 April 2007
I am Laura Brand, and have just seen this web site for the first time. My sister Anne still lives in Aberdeen-married name Logan, and I live in Milnathort, -married name Keppie. We do not sing in public any more, but do enjoy getting round the piano when we get together. We each have a grown up son and daughter, with Anne having 5 grand children, and I have 4. We are so happy to think that folks remember us. Thank you.
Added by Laura Brand Keppie on 20 April 2007
I am a very good friend of Anne and Laura Brand, but lost track over the years. They were a very good duo in the early 60's and 70's. So glad to have found this website. Hope Anne and Laura read this sometime.
Added by Sandra Reid on 24 March 2008
About 10 years ago I was showing a relative from Cromarty around the Canadian Rockies and stopped the car at Peyto Lake on the Icefields Parkway. Cath did not want to get out of the car but I made her walk to the viewpoint and who should we meet but Laura Brand and her husband! We had all just stopped there briefly to see the Lake in the middle of nowhere. Small World!
Added by Hazelclark@telus.net on 28 March 2008
Hi Laura, I have your 'Songs of the Fisher Folk' Ep and love it...In Australia now and play it at Barbies, love cromarty too my ancestral home. Shame no CD out of your music....
steve
Added by Steve on 15 November 2008
This is the first photo I've seen of Anne and Laura Brand. I was introduced to their music on a recording of The White Heather Club I found in the basement of a radio station in Connecticut in 1976. I love hearing The Northern Lights of Aberdeen. My grandparent came from there in 1920 and 1921 and though I've never been to Scotland, I get tears when I hear the song. I hope to go "hame" for the first time someday. The music of Anne and Laura Brand and the other performers on The White Heather Club is always in my heart. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely voices.
Added by Bob Paine on 08 May 2010
laura Brand/Mrs Keppie was my primary school teacher for a while. (Sciennes Primary, Edinburgh). A lovely lady with a beautiful voice.
Added by Norman Hogg on 15 October 2010
Just tumbled on this web by accident; so pleased to hear Ann and Laura are still around. I am the Jimmy of the late Jimmy and Duncan duo, who appeared regularly on their 1969 show " High Summer " on Grampian telivision. It was a lovely, happy experience, working with two such beautiful people. we'll never forget them!
Added by Jim Smart on 31 October 2010
The beautiful voices of these sisters have been long remembered and will never be forgotten .
Added by Jim Taylor on 28 November 2010
Laura, just found this website and lovely to find out where you are. I am Rosemary, daughter of David and Isobel Stein. We got to know you in Stanley and continued the friendship to Edinburgh. I lost touch with you after dad died but it is lovely to hear all about the family. Kind regards to all.
Added by Rosemary Smith on 18 January 2011
Hi there I remember my late Mum had one of your LPs. I would love to be able to obtain one of your CDs. My family now live on Waiheke Island in New Zealand. I have a four year old daughter who loves to sing and dance and is already displaying an interest in the piano and flute. Can anyone help please?
Added by Glen Muirie on 24 March 2011
Hiya I have a cd I can copy it for you, I live in Queensland but am from Cromarty
email me overbamyasi@gmail.com
Added by Steve on 25 March 2011
Our family were on sabbatical in 1976 when we bought a cassette tape put out by RCA called 'The Sound of Scotland' which our family just loved, memorized and wore out. We would love to find those songs, which included "My Ain Folk" beautifully sung by Annie and Laura Brand. Is there an album available which would include this song?
Added by Georgene Kirkpatrick on 06 December 2011
I'll look for the tape since I love "My Ain Folk". Please let me know if you find other albums/tapes/CDs with the Brands on them, and thanks.
Added by Bob Paine on 06 December 2011
Laura Brand was my first Primary teacher at Sciennes School. We were all lucky to have her, she was always smiling. Beautiful singer.
Added by Norma Hughes on 30 May 2012
How sad that George Donald, Ann and Laura's pianist in the mid-sixties TV programmes they did on Grampian TV, has just died. George taught me French and German at RGC in Aberdeen prior to his becoming the pianist/singer of "Scotland the What". I now live in Calgary, Canada.


Added by Richard Puckridge on 09 October 2013
Does any one have any photos of the HollyBerries concert in 1975 in Kinross Secondary School Mrs Keppie was our choir mistress and Tommy Sampson played piano ,, Ron Gonella was there and other stars of the time.
Added by Sandra Russell on 06 July 2014
I first saw the sisters at Massey Hall in Toronto Ontario at the White Heather Concert. My parents and younger sister went every year and we were thrilled by these beautiful voices. It was ,I think in the 60's and 70's. Andy Stewart was also in the show...I still have my records.

Added by Judy Fergusson English on 11 January 2015
My Father James Brand Mackie who died in 1962 told me that he was Ann and Laura's uncle. The only relative I remember was my fathers sister married to RM Sangster the butcher. My Dad's name was Samuel
Added by Michael Mackie on 02 March 2015
Laura brand was my first teacher. Aka Mrs keppie.
Added by June brunton on 18 May 2016
I met Laura in the Queen Mary Nursing Home in May 1964 where we had given birth to our daughters. Been in England for a number of years but now living in Gullane.
Added by Sheila McCubbing on 31 December 2016
My parents had a record of Anne and Laura singing and those songs are some of my earliest memories. I still sing them all the time and love them to this day.

Added by Suzanne Robins-Bird on 15 September 2017
I was on the same class as June Brunton and Mrs Keppie was also my first teacher at Sciennes primary in Edinburgh. Fantastic teacher,singer and person. Since I was on the school orchestra (violinist), she got me a ticket to attend a live BBC show from Queen Street. Very nice memories of Laurs.
Added by George Smith on 31 October 2017
I so remember having afternoon tea in the hotel at Cromarty where we stayed every year from 1953. I have a photo of us with Anne’s children in the conservatory as she and hubby holidayed there too. My dad Bob Harkin shared the role with Anne as judges in the gala beauty competition in the Victoria Hall.
Added by Linda Greene nee Harkin on 24 January 2019
Laura Brand (aka Miss Keppie) was my Teacher at Sciennes from about 54 -59. I was 5 when I arrived and 9 when we moved out to The Inch. They were the WORST days of my life. She was a horrible person to me personally - at age of 5, after whacking me with a ruler on the knuckles, she told me to got to the Headmistress (Miss Kay I think) for "punishment". I had no idea what punsihment was, but knew it wasn`t going to be pleasant - that day began a series of running out of school rather than be hit again. She was a nasty piece of work and has been on my "to do list" all my life to one day confront her and demand to know, WHY?? I was only 5yrs old!! My biggest regret was missing the School reunion a few years ago, I didn`t know about until a couple of weeks later, and told she had been there...... In short - she would be classified today as a child abuser
Added by John Lennie on 27 September 2019
the recent sad passing of the beautiful singer, Ina Miller of Caithness, reminded me of the song she 'shared' with Anne and Laura-'Partan's In His Creel.' My mammy and granny both hailed from Cromary. My great granddad was head shepherd on the Lord Middleton Estate. Am sill in touch with Claire L, who lives near the Distilley at Invergordon.
Added by Raymond Smith on 21 November 2019
Hi john
I went through something dreadful but in Sunderland
It’s awful and these people should be called out

Anonymous comment added on 17 December 2019
Around Scotland In Song is still a much played (somewhat worse from wear by now) favourite LP of mine by Anne and Laura with terrific backing from George Donald etc-they sang the best harmonies ever.As a young message boy I seem to recall delivering a box of groceries to one of the sisters who lived in Perth at the time.Is my memory playing tricks on that one? I think it was Laura. Bring back those golden memories of the White Heather Club, Kilt Is My Delight and so many more great tartan shows

Added by Raymond Smith on 21 December 2019
I'm sitting here on 31st December reminiscing about years gone by. I recall Anne and Laura did many solo spots on the White Heather Club programme. I particularly remember Laura's great rendition of MY AIN FIRESIDE by Joe Corrie. I also remember seeing them both at a concert in Leith where they shared the stage with the singing Dentist Alastair Gillies.They were indeed two very talented lassies. My brother, Dixie, was the lead dancer on the White Heather TV show. Unfortunately, Dixie died two years ago. Thanks Anne and Laura for many fond memories.
Added by Billy Ingram on 31 December 2019
Hi. Laura Brand was my first teacher at Sciennes primary school. She was really nice. Carol Devlin (Billings)
Added by Carol Devlin on 02 January 2020
Hello. Does anyone have an email contact for either Anne or Laura? The one listed above for Laura is no longer working ... It's from 2007, so could very well be changed or deleted. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks - Brian
Added by Brian Castles-Onion on 18 January 2020
Hi, I’m from Nova Scotia Canada and was once a dancer on a Nationally televised television show called “Ceilidh”. It was produced in Halifax in the 1970s for CBC. Anne and Laura brand were guest singers on the show. Beside the fact that they were beautiful both inside and out they had lovely singing voices and were extremely kind. As dancers we often chatted with them off stage. I still have an autographed picture of them. I hope that they are still with us and doing well. God bless them! For the sake of interest our show also featured other guests from Scotland such as Callum Kennedy, Colin Campbell(accordionist), the Alexander Brothers , and for at least two seasons, Alastair Gilles (spelling?) was the host!

Added by Glenda(Grant) Ellenberger on 20 January 2020
Unfortunately Tom Alexander died just the other week
Sad loss
Added by Linda Greene nee Harkin on 20 January 2020
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