Graeme Nairn artist/composer

Nairn flyers

Promoter Albert Bonici enlisted Bill Dalgarno and nephew John Ruggeri to help book acts in Scotland in the late ’60s as LCB Agency continued to bring popular British musicians and variety acts to the north of Scotland. The office located at the top of Elgin’s High Street continued to supply entertainment from Nairn to Aberdeen besides southern parts of the country.  Graeme Nairn did many sketches to advertise events besides posters and flyers to promote some of the acts Mr. Bonici managed. Like many who worked for Albert Bonici, Graeme Nairn filled several functions including writing music for The Jacobeats as The New Jacobeats besides performing and composing for the Two Red Shoes house band. He continued with the Two Red Shoes house-band which was lead by Jimmy Martin when Alex. Sutherland left for Grampian Television. Graeme, who performed a variety of functions around the dance hall, eventually took the helm as band leader, arranging jazzed up medleys of weekly popular top tunes into the 1970s.

TRS houseband with vocalist Alyson Armstrong and band leader Alex. Sutherland. Graeme Nairn in back row [circa 1965]

TRS houseband with vocalist Alyson Armstrong and band leader Alex. Sutherland. Graeme Nairn in back row [circa 1965]

In 1965, Graeme Nairn also worked with the Jacobeats and when the line-up changed and Graeme was charged with writing material for the New Jacobeats.  see


My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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