An alt musical excursion of Scotland


We begin our journey north of Edinburgh, looking out throughout the Firth of Forth from Queensferry, from where pilgrims used to go to attain the holy sites of Dunfermline and St Andrew’s. Lower back within the Eighties while Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr and his then spouse Chrissy Hynde lived here, they could have taken in the identical view of the majestic rail bridge stretching over to the dominion of Fife.

We had initially planned to head toward St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife region, which has end up synonymous with King Creosote’s Fence Collective and furnished a springboard for the likes of the Beta Band, KT Tunstall and James Yorkston. The Fence Collective, Will Hodgkinson wrote within the Mother or father in 2005, become “an ever-increasing group of neighborhood musicians that, with now not a lot more than a CD burner and the Back room of a seafront pub known as the Deliver Tavern, grew to become Anstruther village into one of the most unlikely creative hubs in Europe”. But, this special scene and its locations are amply covered in Vic Galloway’s e book Songs within the Key of Fife, so we take the 20-minute drive to Dunfermline as a substitute.

The metropolis is the final resting region of Robert the Bruce and spawned Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, Big United states and one in all Scotland’s maximum successful woman artists, Barbara Dickson, who as soon as topped the charts (I Know Him So Well, with Elaine Paige, 1985) for what seemed like 1/2 a yr.

We’ve got a overdue breakfast at the Hearth Station arts centre, that’s website hosting an exhibition by using any other neighborhood hero, former Skids frontman Richard Jobson. His band played 14 shows at the former Kinema ballroom (renamed Speed, then closed down), throughout the street. The Clash’s film Impolite Boy consists of footage of them appearing Tommy Gun inside the venue.

Barely deflated by means of the dying of such an iconic establishment, we elevate our spirits by way of setting on a Johnny Coins compilation and force for half of an hour toward Strathmiglo, a quiet village whose churchyard he refers to in his autobiography, Cash, the man In Black. Despite the fact that there may be no plaque, two amused girls direct us to an avenue called Coins Feu, which leads on to Wester Cash Farm.


After further research, we discover that the Usa legend traced his roots to the region after a risk meeting with the keeper of nearby Falkland Palace, home to the world’s oldest tennis court docket nevertheless in use. Coins visited 3 instances and in 1981 even recorded a Television Christmas unique at the historic building. Today, the own family connection with Scotland is maintained by Johnny’s daughter, Rosanne, who has worked with Scottish accordionist Phil Cunningham.
In nearby Auchtermuchty, we forestall at the statue of Jimmy Shand, an in advance master of the button field, who by no means moved faraway from Fife notwithstanding promoting millions of statistics and composing over 300 songs. The laird of Auchtermuchty changed into the accordion equal to an awl virtuoso, and his gambling changed into so fast the Hohner employer built him a tool in particular to fit his approach.

Future rock god Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott (who tragically died in south-east London in 1980 aged simply 33), spent the primary six years of his lifestyles in Kirriemuir, before his own family emigrated to Australia, in which twenty years later he met Glasgow-born brothers Angus and Malcolm Younger. Many /DC fanatics are unaware of the singer’s origins and as we approach the currently unveiled, existence-size bronze statue, I’m already creating a mental listing of friends I need to convey right here.

We have organized to fulfill John Crawford, chairman of the once a year Bonfest, which increases price range for the local DD8 young people track group, run with the aid of Graham Galloway. The 2 guys have been behind a crowdsourcing marketing campaign that raised the cash to commission the statue.

In the Nineteen Nineties, many locals had been no longer eager on the town’s affiliation with a tough-ingesting rock’n’curler, however because the release of the tribute occasion 10 years ago, attitudes seem to have softened. Bon is now honoured with a plaque along with other Kirriemuir notables: Peter Pan author JM Barrie, geologist Charles Lyell, mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro (who created the well-known listing of mountains over three,000ft) and the Cameron traditional track dynasty.