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Islay and the Bremer Stadtmusikanten

Picture of a statue of the Bremen Town Musician

While I now live in England (for now the job keeps me here, until I've figured out how to make a living on Islay) I was actually born and grew up in Germany. In Bremen to be precise. Today I thought I'd try if I can find an interesting or funny connection between Bremen and Islay. I was in luck and found an unexpected connection:

A lot of people have probably heard of the Bremer Stadtmusikanten, or in English the Bremen Town Musicians. A nice story I fondly remember being told when I was young (among other Bremer stories, but they're not topic of this entry). ‘How is he going to link this to Islay?’ I can almost hear you think. Stay with me here, there really is a link. No, they haven't travelled to Islay or played the Islay Jazz Festival. No, Bruichladdich haven't released a Bremen Town Musicians Islay Single Malt Whisky Edition, despite some people wondering if there are too many Bruichladdich editions. No, it's simpler than that.

There is a Scottish version of the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians: The White Pet (A Scottish Tale). This story was told by ‘Mrs. MacTavish, widow of the late minister of Kildalton, Islay.’ And guess who recorded the story? Yes, one John Francis Campbell (XI. The Story of the White Pet). A quite nice link between Bremen and Islay, I think.



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