Talisker released their first album on cassette in 1995, 'Saving Up for a
Transit' (Smith mearns SMR 055). Kirsty Leavy (lead vocals,
bodhran, keyboards), Jennifer Milne (fiddle), John Davidson
(lead vocals, guitar, flute, whistles) and Nick Hanley (bazouki,
guitar) played a mixture of Scottish standards and Eric Bogle/Dick Gaughan
contemporary folk. Nick went on to form Wired To the Moon who are
still gigging, and the Sourmash Blues Band.
John Davidson formed Tarneybackle in 2000.
This long established group were originally Jim Craig (melodeon)
and Jim Reid (guitar, vocals). In late 1971 they were joined by
Ken McKay, (guitar, banjo, whistle, mandolin) who had made his name in
The Livingstones. Jim Reid went on to a
distinguished solo career as well as playing with
The Foundry Bar Band.
Then U Folk
Chick Brady, Harry Blair (guitar, harmonica, mandolin), Jane Giblin and Betty Kidd were
the original members of this Dundee-based group. Chick and Harry had
played together since 1968 as a duo, calling themselves The Powries (after
Powrie Brae in Dundee), and teamed up with the girls in '69. Betty left to
have a baby soon afterwards, and then Jane was replaced by her twin sister
Liz Giblin. The groups played around the folk clubs from Fife to
Aviemore (the Coylumbridge Hotel with Watt Nicol and Doreen Swan), and
they were regular support at the Woodlands club in Dundee to acts such as
the McCalmans, Hamish Imlach, the Humblebums etc. From the early 1970s
there were lots of
rumours of splits and reformations. Jane rejoined the group, and then in
1973 the Giblin sisters and Harry Blair joined Tomorrow's Children
with Eddie McNaughton, Mike Marra and Arlene Gowans. Chic
Brady emigrated to Australia; he recently revisited Dundee after an
absence of 30 years and met up with his old bandmates.
This obscure Edinburgh group won the Edinburgh heat of the 1970 Scottish
Folk Group Chamionship (more details).
Formed in 2000 by former Talisker member John Davidson (vocals,
guitar, mandolin, octave mandola, flute, whistle), Lorna Davidson (vocals,
percussion) and Sandy Marshall (vocals, guitar and bouzouki). The
band perform at folk clubs, hotels, inns and the occasional festival, and
have released three CDs. Their web site:
Third City String Band
1972: Band consisting of Allan Ross, Martin Sinclair and
Noel Rocks. Appeared at McTavish's Kitchen in Oban.
This popular Glasgow-based group consisted of Alec Hutton (electric
fiddle, mandolin), Tam Quinn and Kenny Gormal - who
formerly played together as The Laggan - and Tam's brother
Mick Quinn (bass) who joined in 1969 when they changed their name.
Harry Blair (guitar, harmonica, mandolin), Jane Giblin and
Liz Giblin were members of Dundee group Then U Folk. In
1973 they joined Eddie McNaughton, Mike Marra and Arlene
Gowans to form Tomorrow's Children.
trio was from Edinburgh. Shortly afterwards two members of the
group formed a band called Both Sides (unrelated to the Dundee-based group
of the same name). Lead singer of Town Choice, Harry Cullen, is now
manager of the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh. They were finalists in the 1970
Scottish Folk Group Championship, and recorded two tracks on the
resuktant LP Folk Philosophy.
Two and a Bit
trio from Stirling during the late 1970s. Peter Aitken (vocals, guitar) and Marlyn Graham (vocals, guitar, bass) had sung with Estrylin (also known as The Sterling Folk Four) and were joined by Atholl Simpson (vocals). They did some recording sessions for BBC Scotland.