Watch: Scottish presenter unveils dance to Welsh weatherman's drum beats

Weather presenter and Gaelic singer has created her own dancing tribute to the BBC news theme. Picture: Craig WatsonWeather presenter and Gaelic singer has created her own dancing tribute to the BBC news theme. Picture: Craig Watson
Weather presenter and Gaelic singer has created her own dancing tribute to the BBC news theme. Picture: Craig Watson | Other 3rd Party
A Scottish weather presenter has staged a ceilidh dancing tribute to a Welsh colleague who has gone viral drumming along to the BBC news theme.

Joy Dunlop recorded herself step-dancing along to the beats produced by Owain Wyn Evans in his own video, which has been viewed more than 12,000 times on YouTube in the space of a day.

Dunlop, who has been working from her home in Glasgow during the lockdown, posted on the video on Twitter today during a break from her forecasting duties with BBC Scotland. She recorded a brief introduction pretending to sign off from a regular bulletin, to match the one Evans did. The video then shows the pair appearing to perform together in different parts of the country.

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Dunlop told her Twitter followers: “Finished my bulletin just in time to join @OwainWynEvans for a #BBCNewsTheme weather presenter cèilidh! @bbcscotweather @BBCScotlandNews @BBCNews #ScottishStepDance #WorkingFromHome #Gaelic”

Evans responded by telling Dunlop: “Omg Joy I love it! xx”

Dunlop, who is originally from Connel, in Argyll, combines broadcasting with Gaelic singing and teaching. A former gold medal winner at the Royal National Mòd, she has been nominated several times as Scotland’s Gaelic Singer of the Year and is also an award-winning step dancer.

Last year Dunlop led Scotland’s first ever bid for Eurovision, conducting a Gaelic choir in a brand new choral competition.

Dunlop told The Scotsman: “When I first saw the clip of Owain drumming to the BBC news theme, I thought that it was just amazing.

“I've been enjoying the remixes that have been floating around online but this took it to another level. He's such a great weather presenter and clearly a fab musician, so it seemed like a stroke of genius.

“It was actually my friend, harpist Rachel Hair, who suggested that I should record myself dancing along to his video. At first, this seemed like a crazy idea but then I thought - why not?

“I think that we're all looking for something to distract us during lockdown and this seemed just perfect!

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“It wasn't easy to record - there were limited options in the house that included a big enough space to dance in, had a hard floor and somewhere that I could prop up my phone, but I got there in the end!”

Evans posted his own video, in which he is seen wearing a three-piece suit, on social media with the message: “When they said try working from home I didn't realise they'd expect me to do the music too."

He said later: "I mean, the BBC News theme is a brilliant piece of music and I thought perhaps it would sound good rocked up with some drums, but I honestly didn’t expect such a fabulous response."

An award-winning English fiddler, Ciaran Algar, has also posted a video of himself playing along to Evans’ drumming tribute – and the BBC has now created a video showing all three in action together.

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