I started playing music in 1960 with a clarinet in the school orchestra and within a year progressed to the Berwickshire County Orchestra containing players with ages ranging from thirties to sixties.
At thirteen I was the youngest player which encouraged other youngsters from the school orchestra to follow over the next few years. I left school at seventeen and continued to play in the County Orchestra for a further two years when I joined a soul band named John Macs Flare Band playing tenor sax.
I appeared with the soul band on Central TV produced New Faces and reached the final to be beaten by Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear. We recorded a live album with Del Shannon in 1972 and made appearances at the famed Star Club in Hamburg.
I also played with a rock band in the 1980’s called J J Flash, and another claim to fame was being on the same bill as Shakin’ Stevens in a village hall in the North of Scotland. From the late eighties I played Tenor sax and bass guitar with very popular local band the Beachcombers entertaining at dinner dances and wedding receptions.
I realised a life’s ambition to present a radio programme when local station Radio Borders opened in 1990. The very popular “Country Roads” lasted until 1997 when, like a lot of other local radio decisions, country music was not considered popular enough to merit primetime listening.
I still play sax and bass locally in the Scottish Borders but for charitable purposes.
I was delighted when Graham L Hall approached me to consider broadcasting for UKCountryRadio.com, and, as they say, the rest is history. If you enjoy listening half as much my show between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday, that means I enjoy doing them twice as much as you