Gary links up with shinty greats for The Caman Connection

Former Scotland captain, musician and BBC presenter, Gary Innes takes each contributor back to some of their glory days.

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The 2021 shinty season may well be delayed from its projected start last weekend, but a newly-commissioned series of five reflective interviews with shinty legends will serve to whet everyone’s appetite for what is hopefully to come this summer.

Launched on Saturday, March 6, The Caman Connection has been commissioned by Shinty Memories Scotland with former Scotland captain, musician and BBC
presenter Gary Innes taking each contributor back to their glory days.

John MacFarlane of GMA on
the night of the Camanachd Cup Final in 1973.

Last weekend Gary spoke to John ‘Squashie’ MacFarlane, currently a resident of Tunbridge Wells, who was a key member of Glasgow Mid Argyll’s famous Camanachd Cup winning team in 1973.

The five interviews will be broadcast on consecutive weeks during March and into April.

Gary said: ‘I have always loved blethering and listening to old stories and when you  add in my passion of shinty to the mix, it seemed like the perfect combination to merge them.’

‘It’s already been hugely rewarding to work on The Caman Connection and to get a glimpse into the sport from various areas and times from the people who lived it and were an integral part of their club’s history has been wonderful.

‘If you’re a fan of shinty at all I highly recommend you have a listen to some of these incredible stories from yesteryear.’

The next two interviews to be broadcast will be with Kingussie legend Ian Ross and Kilmallie’s Derek Fraser who was a member of Kilmallie’s Camanachd Cup winning team in 1964.

The identities of the other two interviews in the series will be revealed in due course.

The Caman Connection interviews will be available on all podcast streaming services, including Spotify and links will also be made available from Shinty Memories Scotland social channels.

John MacFarlane, far left, in action during the Camanachd Cup Final in 1973. Photograph courtesy of the Donald MacKay shinty archive.

David MacMaster, chairman of Shinty Memories Scotland, said: ‘These interviews are important in a lot of ways.

‘Firstly they record the reflections of some great characters and important individuals in our sport. The interviews will be of interest to people who may or may not know the individuals.

‘They will stand the test of time and we hope we will be able to develop the series beyond the first five, depending on how resources become available.’