Windy Miller Reunion – Elgin Museum

The BONICI and the BEAT SCENE exhibit is proving to be a popular one at the Elgin Museum and am glad for your feedback and comments. Here are videos from opening day: WMiller:

John Stewart and The Copycats:

Articles online:

Windy Miller reunion gig at Elgin Museum for Bonici and the Beat Scene exhibition [March 2016]

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appeared in NS newspaper  25Mar16 – Windy Miller signed the article at their 26 of March performance. It was great to see a full house with people enjoying themselves. Windy Miller sang six songs followed by members of The Copycats sing two songs with John Stewart as lead singer. It was nice meeting some who follow SCOTBEAT at the exhibit opening including people who performed around Scotland in the 1960s.

“I would just like to thank you for giving Albert Bonici the recognition he never got during his lifetime for what he did for the North East of Scotland. I travelled from Fife to see the museum opening and my trip was well worth it.  Albert was way ahead of his time, i remember him when i was a child living in Elgin. He even put on dances on Saturday afternoons in the ‘Shoes’ for us wannabe teenagers…i was too young to go but i wangled it with my Mum…..the Park Cafe was also out of bounds for me too but i still went in hopes of seeing the great bands of the 60s. Once again, thank you for recognising the great work of AB…..”  Molly MacLean – Fife, Scotland

Neil Munro of Manchester District Music Archive wasn’t able to attend but wrote earlier in the week, “I recall seeing many successful bands brought to the North by Albert – the Who, the Kinks, the Small Faces, the Yardbirds, the Cream, the Animals – the list goes on.  It was a great time to be young in Elgin, we had more ‘name’ bands in our part of the world than many bigger towns and cities throughout the country, it was a kind of ‘golden age’ almost.”

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Four tracks from Two Red Shoes Album

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On The Rise – Windy Miller [full album]:

The Copycats live at Elgin Museum:


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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