Where were you brought up:
Croy then Bonhill, Dumbarton
St Patrick’s High School
Best mate at school:
Funniest memory from school:
Eating half a Vienna loaf & pie at lunch time from Peter’s shop.
First holiday with your mates in UK:
Basketball summer camp at St Andrew’s. Mark Arbuckle was there and so were a few of my basketball friends from school, many of us are still mates today.
Memory of that trip was managing to get served in a pub when we were sixteen. Would be circa 1973.
First holiday with your mates abroad:
Rhodes 1979 with 4 friends, Robert Ellis, Jim McAllister, Billy Smith and Andy Mclelland.
My memory is driving to Lindos spending the day on the beach drinking lots of Ouzo and lager and getting sunstroke 🙂
Panel Beater at Gael Motors Dumbarton 4 years
70s musical hero:
70s musical memories:
I was the drummer in a 70s rock band. We were known as The Rez Band playing venues all over Scotland and north England.
We used to play a venue in Dunoon with lots of US military guys who loved our versions of Smoke on the Water and LA Woman by the Doors, and we liked playing there as they served authentic American Budweiser!
One of our favourite gigs was at the Strathpeffer Pavilion, near Dingwall which was a fantastic venue as they also provided accommodation. On the first night some of the band and crew went out on the town to party and came back in the wee small hours only to find themselves locked out.
Myself and Frank the lead guitarist were the only ones who made it home before the doors were locked.
In the morning we heard the boys shouting to be let in so we waited for about half an hour or so before shouting “morning campers” and creased ourselves when we realised they were wearing speaker covers because it was so bloody cold.
They weren’t too happy about having to spend the night in a van in arctic conditions so we thought it best not to tell them that we had sneaked a few people into the dorm and we’d had our own wee party.
A night that wasn’t so much fun was when our lead singer started a riot at Oban town hall because someone was giving his girlfriend a bit of undue attention. He leapt from the stage like Iggy Pop and punched the guy before a riot ensued.
Some of us even spent the night in the local cells.
A night never to be forgotten… or repeated!
Another Brick in the Wall
Wish you were here
Nazareth Apollo Glasgow.
Favourite movie in 70s:
Who was your inspiration in 70s:
What do you miss most from the 70s:
What advice would you give your 14yr old self:
Savour the moment before it’s gone
70s pub session with 4 people from 70s:
David Gilmour, Freddie Mercury, Glen Campbell and Rachel Welch.
It would have to be at a music venue in Glasgow, somewhere like the Burns Howff.