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Iain Baird

With great sadness, I find myself writing about the passing of Iain Baird on 14 November 2015, aged 65.

When 15, Iain moved with his family to Ayrshire from his birthplace of Kirkcudbright. Most of his working life was spent with The Royal Mail, starting as a postman and progressing to a managerial position. During his late teens, he became involved in folk music, either playing or listening, and was a stalwart of Ayr Folk Club. He played “the jug” in a number of jug bands, the most well-known being The Old Felix Jug Band. He also sang and played guitar and mandolin. Along the way, Iain also developed an interest in traditional music, especially the songs of Robert Burns.

Over the years, the Baird family (wife Ann and three children) were regulars at many Scottish folk festivals, playing in sessions and attending concerts. Iain loved to entertain and make people laugh so for many years, his entry in the Girvan Festival folk group competition was eagerly awaited by everyone. He never disappointed and, with his unique sense of humour and inventiveness, always had the audience in stitches.

When Common Ground Scotland took place in Ayrshire, Iain, with his usual enthusiasm, managed to teach guitar classes, perform at concerts, organise outdoor events and generally lend a hand when needed.

Cambridge Folk Festival became another annual event for the family to attend and the five of them, along with extended family and friends, occupied rather a large part of the campsite! From the first year of Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Iain was a regular attendee and, when the children were old enough, he and Ann took them to as many events as possible and so they gradually became hooked on the music as well. The legacy of this is that their son, Ewan, currently plays percussion with The Paul McKenna Band and The Jim Jam Ceilidh Band as well as being in great demand for one-off gigs and recordings with other bands or ensembles.

As well as his love of family and music, Iain lived a very active life, competing in many marathons, half marathons and cross-country races whilst a member of Ayr Seaforth Athletic Club. Cycling and walking were also passions of his. However, if anyone needed help in any way, he always found time for this too.

A talented, dedicated, generous, kind and modest man, he will be sorely missed by all who knew him but most of all by wife Ann, and children Ewan, Mhairi and Rowan.

Moira Murray