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Who's Who in Scottish Folk Music: T

Who's Who in Scottish Folk Music

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.
Taysiders, The
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.
Tig, The
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.
Tinkers Loan
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.
Tomorrow's Children
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.
Town Choice
Town ChoiceThis 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
A folk 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.
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Last update: 9th April 2013

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