The Herd with Peter Frampton

In 1968, the Two Red Shoes didn’t see many of the beat bands. Albert Bonici was booking groups at larger halls in Scotland as dance halls made way for concert halls, especially when it came to what was dubbed “pop music”. By the late ’60’s, the music industry had grown and the bands were playing to larger audiences. Elgin had a population of roughly 17,000 at the time and though nearby Nairn was another small town in a sparsely populated area of Scotland, it had larger hall. Mr. Bonici took advantage of the facility offering bus service from other towns and villages before purchasing the ballroom in 1970.

In June of ’68, my now wife, Angela, and friends Sandra, and Sheila, met The Herd. While enjoying an ice cream in the Park Café one afternoon, Albert had told the girls that The Herd were playing at the Ballerina Ballroom that evening. Meanwhile, Peter Frampton, who sat at another table in the café with the band, called Angela over and offered her and girlfriends a ride in their van to come watch The Herd play in Nairn besides giving her a ticket. Being of school age, Angela declined but her friends joined them that evening.

Here’s a video of the young group back in the day…


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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