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Opium Trail Scotland

The Opium Trail was a local band to Thurso, Scotland in the far north of the country.   BBC Television footage Opium Trail     Ron Gesch, one of the members who performed with the OT on BBC, is currently

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#donovan

          Donovan went on to gain a large following in the UK before his popularity grew in the United States. Before he hit the big time, Donovan befriended the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, whose friendship

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Spiggy Topes – Aberdeen band

            Spiggy Topes arranged and performed several cover tunes in performances besides original compositions     Graham Walker, and Johnny Gray of Spiggy Topes got into the music scene performing with John Sutherland [JOHN GEORGE 

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The Diamonds, Apaches, and Jacobeats

John Rennie began a musical career when he and Bible class mates formed a skiffle group in Portsoy, Scotland. The Diamonds, Apaches, and Jacobeats  is an online exclusive to SCOTBEAT with permission from its author [copyright John Rennie 2009] .

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The Jacobeats

Dougie MacLennan (lead guitar) and John Rennie (rhythm guitar) began as early skiffle group who covered pop and country western songs when joined by George Milne, Leslie Anderson, James Green, Martin Green, Eric Green, and Sheila McIntyre [above] The JACOBEATS

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Mindbenders

  [Wayne Fontana] ‘had always entertained visions of eventually graduating to a solo career and, in October 1965, everybody concerned realized the time had come; everybody, that is, aside from the band. They remained in the dark until, midway through

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note from David “scotbeat”

It’s been nine years since starting my research into the sixties music scene in the north of Scotland and three years since developing a blog. Local interest has been great and am still learning more from those who experienced it

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