Music is just what the doctor ordered

Jimmy Murphy (87) and Dr Matthew Roll who are playing at the Fringe for charity
Jimmy Murphy (87) and Dr Matthew Roll who are playing at the Fringe for charity

An 87-year-old saxophone player from Kinghorn is preparing to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe next month in aid of charity.

And this year Jimmy Murphy will have company for his fundraising efforts as he is joined by Dr Matthew Roll from Kirkcaldy’s Whyteman’s Brae hospital.

The duo will be busking in the capital on four separate dates during August.

The octogenarian has played at the Fringe in the past, raising money for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

The last time he took on the challenge and performed to visitors and locals alike outside St Giles’ Cathedral was two years ago, when he raised money for the same children’s charity.

But for Dr Roll this will be his debut performance in Edinburgh.

He has only been playing the saxophone for a short time after taking up lessons.

Jimmy first took up the instrument at the age of 21, practising in his spare time while working as a joiner after coming out of the army.

For a few years he travelled across the UK playing with different bands in dance halls and at holiday camps.

However, Jimmy is determined to prove there is still life left in his lungs yet with his latest Fringe performances.

In 2011 Jimmy said it would probably be the last time he did it, but just two years later he’s doing it again.

“This is the last bite of the cherry for me,” he laughed.

“I’m looking forward to going back and taking Dr Roll with me.

“He’s been getting lessons.

“They have given me four half hour slots across August and Dr Roll’s going to join me for them all.

“Originally I was given times at seven o’clock at night, but I’ve been in touch with the organisers and they agreed to give me earlier times.

“I couldn’t have gone across to Edinburgh for that time of night.

“Thankfully the slots are now all in the afternoon.”

The musical duo are scheduled to play on August 3, 7, 9 and 10 when they will be located at pitches on the Royal Mile during their allocated time slots.

They are hoping they can raise as much money as they can for the charity which runs hospices including Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

Jimmy added that he hoped Fifers would help support Dr Roll and himself if they are in Edinburgh when they are playing.

He said: “We have already got some donations, probably about £120, but we’d really like to raise over £300.”

Prior to playing his saxophone for the crowds at the Fringe, Jimmy did some fundraising for charity around 12 years ago when he raised over £2000.