Hall of Fame beckons for Kirkcaldy country star

Kirkcaldy Country singer Jackie Storrar has been inducted into the British Country Hall of Fame.
Kirkcaldy Country singer Jackie Storrar has been inducted into the British Country Hall of Fame.

Kirkcaldy’s own dame of country has been honoured for her lifetime’s work by the British Country Music Awards.

Joining the ranks of British country stars, Jackie Storrar has been inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame and will be handed the award during a glittering London ceremony in October.

Jackie was delighted to be awarded the distinction: “It is the biggest honour. I have spent 30 years of my life devoting it to country music.

“The nicest thing is the recognition that the award brings for all the years of working hard and giving my all.”

The music awards, affiliated with the Country Music Awards in America, recognise the contribution of professionals within the country music genre.

Jackie - brought up in Kirkcaldy - has seen her career as a singer/songwriter take her to over 80 countries, including stints as a radio DJ from Radio Tay in Dundee, to Island Sound Radio in Malta and hosting The Country Café for CMR Nashville from 2009-2011.

During her time at Radio Tay as the station’s first female country presenter, she hosted a show aptly named “Country Girl”. It was during the rise of the popular Irish record label “Ritz” and Jackie found herself championing artists such as Daniel O’Donnell, Mary Duff and Charlie Landsborough. Without a doubt, she helped turn them into household names all over Tayside & Fife.

Joining together with musician Steve Thiebault, after meeting while Jackie sang on cruise ships, the couple’s work turned into romance and they married in June 2003.

“It’s been a great honour to work with my husband for the last 15 years - it’s been an absolute joy,” said Jackie. “He’s been a big influence on my life and a complete rock.”

Sadly a serious health diagnosis forced Jackie to take a step back from the limelight and she now counts her current battle with cancer as a full time job.

She said: “Every day is a fight to stay alive but that doesn’t mean I don’t have dreams and plans for the future, they are just on the back burner and the most important thing is to keep living.”

Jackie admits that on the list is completing a new album. “That has always been on my mental bucket list, I want to be well enough to record another album and be back out on the stage singing.

“I’m a performer, an entertainer and that’s what I love to do.”

“This is an acknowledgement of what she’s done and Jackie is a very welcome addition to the Hall of Fame,” said Jim Duncan, curator of the British Country Music Hall of Fame.

“She has a wonderful, clear voice, has contributed significantly to country music in the media - she literally ticks all the boxes!”