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Entertainer changes song lyrics to reference drug-taking grannies at kids’ show

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A children's entertainer has apologised for changing the lyrics of a song to "you cannae get yer granny aff the drugs" at a kid's show.

Singing Kettle star Artie Trezise named popular street drugs in his performance at the packed Albert Hall gig in Stirling last Saturday, attended primarily by families.

Mr Trezise, 76, says fellow Scottish rockers The LaFontaines inspired the changes to the song after the group went viral back in 2015 with a revamped rendition of the song, which first released in 1982.

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You Cannae Shove Your Granny, a track made famous by Singing Kettle back in the 1960s, was rediscovered and covered by The LaFontaines, and it seems Artie was quite the fan, the Daily Record reported.

He has since apologised for the changed lyrics to the song and promised never to sing it with those words again.

He said: "I didn’t sing the song but did recite two lines of it for adults in the audience. The parody by The LaFontaines goes down a storm and I’m flattered that the band were Singing Kettle fans as kids.

"The thought that audiences would think I condoned drug-taking and wasn’t sympathetic to families who have to deal with those problems upsets me."

Despite the flattering cover, Mr Trezise has confirmed he will not be mentioning The LaFontaines' viral cover again.

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One father who attended the show said: "I think Artie thought it would be funny for the mums and dads but it went down like a lead balloon. He maybe didn’t realise that it was inappropriate.

"The crowd had been really noisy but a hush fell when he finished that bit. My five-year-old asked me why he changed the words and wanted to know what the drug terms meant."

But another fan, Veronica Ross, posted on the Singing Kettle social media page and said it was a show for "all ages".

Mr Trezise added: "My heart goes out to families of young people who lost their lives in Glasgow on a weekend night out recently. It’s ironic that 'cannae shove your granny' has caused some controversy.

"When we sang it originally we had to remind non-Scots audiences that the first word is 'cannae'. Lots of folk thought we were telling kids to shove their granny off the bus."

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