Fife singer's TV show to pay tribute to Scottish legend Sydney Devine

Fife singer Janey Kirk will be paying a special tribute to a legendary Scottish entertainer, on her show this week.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:11 am
Janey with Sydney.

The Janey Kirk Show on Wednesday will be celebrating the life of Sydney Devine, who sadly passed away in February.

The episode will feature friends and colleagues sharing their memories of Syndey, as well as unseen footage of him performing at Falkirk Town Hall.

"When I was 19 years old a friend, Jim Henderson, sent one of my cassettes to the STV studio where Sydney was recording his show, Shindig, at that time,” said Janey.

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“He had just finished recording the very last episode – and so I missed that by the skin of my teeth. After listening to the cassette Syd invited me to STV studio, and after a brief meeting he handed me a list of dates for his next UK tour, and I was soon travelling to Lowestoft, Norwich. London and all over Scotland.

"Syd and I got along great from the first day and he taught me a few tricks of the trade, like milking a crowd and making sure I worked the stage. Throughout the decades I was a regular support artist and we built up a good friendship.”

Janey secured her own show in 2014 – airing on Sky channel 365 and Freesat 516 every Wednesday at 11pm, repeated on Tuesday at 6pm – and Syndey made regular appearances.

He was filmed performing at Falkirk Town Hall in 2018, the last time he was professionally filmed, and Janey also interviewed him for her YouTube channel.

Janey said she was “shocked” when Sydney died, and she wanted to pay tribute to him.

“I felt compelled to dedicate a whole show to Sydney after all he has done for me,” she explained.

"This tribute show will be on television on Wednesday, March 24, and is repeated the following Tuesday. The show features some of Syd’s friends and colleagues and general chat, with selected clips of him in action and unseen footage from the Falkirk Town Hall performance.”

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