Satch MacKenzie/Colin Henderson

Satch both wrote and performed his songs besides Buddy Holly and pre-beat covers.

Satch both wrote and performed his songs besides Buddy Holly and pre-beat covers.

Satch MacKenzie met Albert Bonici when he played “skiffle” and rock-n-roll with a couple local bands in Morayshire in the late ’50s though his earlier music education was thanks to Elgin City Band who trained local youth. He enlisted in the military in 1963 and was stationed on Regent Street near Piccadilly Circus where he spent some time with his uncle “Jock” McKenzie, a popular studio musician in London. Satch remembers meeting various musicians and “worthies” [local characters] at the Pub in the Villiers Hotel at Charon Cross where his uncle hung out. Although not making a career in music, Satch kept up with the music scene in the north of Scotland after returning home to Elgin in ’64. He was among several Scottish musicians who recorded with Norco Records LTD at a recording studio in Aberdeen though his recording remains un-released.

Satch has many fond recollections of being into the music scene in the north of Scotland. One of the interesting bits he shared with me was when he met The Beatles in Elgin’s Park Café. According to Satch, John Lennon rather enjoyed playing the slot machine at the nearby Ex-Servicemen’s Club…

ex-servicemens club on High Street near Park Café and Two Red Shoes

ex-servicemens club High St [ near Two Red Shoes]

Satch and pre-Saint bandmates.

Satch and pre-Saint bandmates circa 1958.

A friend of music promoter, Albert Bonici, Satch had several conversations with him at the Park Café whilst enjoying a game of chess with the multitasking impresario . Like many who knew Albert, Satch described him as a “far thinking person” who was “ahead of his time” and able to achieve many of his business goals with the help of many dedicated staff members. He spoke to me about how his friend would get a business plan in his head and work it out and proceed to make it a reality.


#Colin Henderson, [copyright Northern-Scot]

#Colin Henderson, [copyright Northern-Scot]

Colin Henderson was the youngest musician to be part of the Two Red Shoes house-band, having joined his father with Jimmy Martin at the helm in 1965.  “It must have been ’66 when I joined the shoes band as Alex had already gone to Aberdeen.”

Note: Two Red Shoes Album featured his father and uncle:

“I left Elgin in ’71 to go to S. Africa where I played full time for 2 years so missed Graeme’s time in the shoes.” When Colin returned to Elgin, the Two Red Shoes Ballroom had closed. When Bonici opened the short-lived adult venue “Flamingo Club” in the former Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Colin was asked to be the director of the resident band.

Colin remembered many great times in his early years as a musician working for Albert Bonici. He said that he was paid less than senior musicians but it was a steady pay pack and he got the training needed to continue as a professional.  “JM” [Jimmy Martin] “would take me to trio gigs that he did.  I was learning flute at the time so sat me in the corner beside the piano…  no music and I was only allowed to play one note in a bar which I found by listening to the chords he played. A great lesson as too few musicians listen to what others are doing so you land up with four guys playing a tune and not a band playing a tune.” img451

Colin has never stopped playing music and has been a part of several jazz and soul ensembles in Scotland besides performing with the Moray Jazz Club

April 2015: “Come along to our Whisky Jazz event on May 2 at 8pm in the Grant Hall, Rothes.

Featuring a line up of Moray’s best jazz musicians : Stewart Watson (piano), Bill Jannetta (bass), Findlay Grant (drums), Derek Matheson (guitar and banjo), Brian Keddie (trombone), Mario Jannetta (sax clarinet) and Colin Henderson (sax and clarinet), enjoy an evening of Traditional and Dixieland jazz. Supper is included and there is a licensed bar.”

Tickets £10. To book, go to or call 07768 056804 / 01340 831443

#Colin Henderson – Dixieland Jazz

Colin Henderson - Dixieland Jazz

‘Now living in Pluscarden, the sax player continues to blast out old classics like ‘Mustang Sally, ‘Midnight Hour and ‘My Girl with the 12-piece ‘Sold On Soul, who have been wowing Moray crowds since being formed in 1992.’ [Northern-Scot] “When Colin Henderson founded ‘Sold on Soul’ in the early 1990s, little did he know then just how popular the band would become… “I remember watching the Blues Brothers film and wanting to rejuvenate old 60s soul music.”


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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