HE was the Tattoo’s youngest ever soloist, regaling thousands every night with his haunting rendition of Wonderful World – but Archie Goodburn also dreamed a dream of meeting his musical idol, Susan Boyle.
The 12-year-old, who was at the world-renowned show with the Erskine Stewart’s Melville School Choir – who also made history by being the first school choir to perform at the event – had said local girl SuBo was his musical heroine, adding: “She has an amazing voice.”
And he got his own taste of what a wonderful world it can be when his heroine came to watch the Tattoo on the last Friday of the Festival – and made time for a chat after.
Archie, who lives in the West End and has just started secondary school, said: “I wasn’t told she was in the audience until after the performance, which I’m very grateful for as it would have made me really nervous. I was walking down the esplanade when suddenly my music teacher and one of the ladies who works at the Tattoo came and said they had a surprise. I knew they’d seen the article in the Evening News where I’d said I’d love to meet Subo, but it never occurred to me it was about to happen!”
Archie was whisked back up to the Castle and to a special VIP box where he came face to face with his idol. “I couldn’t believe it at first. I was pretty excited. She was really nice and said that she’d thought my singing was very good. She also signed an autograph for me and we got a picture together. She hadn’t seen the Evening News, but she thought it was funny when we told her. Of all the people that could have come along!”
After going out on a high the youngster – a Scottish swimming champion who believes the breath control he learned in the sport has aided his ability to hold a note, admitted to enjoying some relaxation now the pressure to perform was off.
He said: “I was very nervous on the first night, but I started to enjoy it more after that. However, it’s still quite tiring having to do all those performances, so while I’m sad it’s all over and I really missed it the first couple of nights after we finished, it’s nice to get back to normal. I’ve just started high school, which I’m really enjoying and I have lots of new subjects to get to grips with, so that’s enough for now.”
But he added: “If they asked me to do it again, I would. It was a fantastic experience.”
And the family had extra reason to be proud as they watched from the audience, as Archie wasn’t the only Goodburn performing nightly – the 50-strong ESMS choir also included sister Katie, ten.