The Wee Cock Sparra
The Wee Cock Sparra
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 3 comments

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With his lugubrious presentation, Scottish comedian/actor Duncan Macrae (1905 -1967) became a mainstay of television Hogmanay celebrations in the 1950s and 1960s with a rendition of his song (in Scots), “The Wee Cock Sparra”. It’s stuff of legends here in Scotland, and one that never fails to bring a smile to my face of nostalgic Hogmanay’s past.

 

And it was also with a smile I headed up the High Street in old Glasga, where on a grey and gloomy February day, I discovered a Wee Cock Sparra-inspired gable-end mural that had been unveiled earlier this month – and what a jaw-dropping new city mural it turned out to be; both in its technical brilliance, and its touching, somewhat tender subject matter.

 

And the smug bugger who did the worthy work – and by perhaps channelling Duncan Macrae – to brighten up the locale, could only be the now legendary Glasgow-based Australian graffiti artist Sam Bates, otherwise known as Smug – someone who is literally making his mark across the city!

 

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