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WAASH:  Act formed in 1996 by ex-Adams Fall member Mark Ramsay, who continued to play live into 1997. Ramsay then formed Spiderbaby. Les Vegas & Dak Wizzard of Lieutenant Stardust made appearances for the band, playing bass.

WATER:  Three piece act who started playing live in 1996. They were featured on a Brigbeat Studios compilation CD, "A Night On The Tiles", later that year. The band supported The Supernaturals at an all day festival at the Martell in December, after which they advertised for a new bass player. A 7 inch single, "Uncle Billy" was released in 1997, after which the band advertised for a new drummer. At that point their line-up included Jamie Walker (vocals) & Frazer Malarky (bass). Whilst malarky went on to form The Banned, Walker sadly committed suicide in 2000.
RELEASES:
"Uncle Billy" (7 inch single, 1997).

WATER MAGNESIUM:  Two piece act formed in the mid-1990's by Jim Corbett (vocals / guitar, ex-That Purple Bus) & Robert Polson (bass, ex-This Scarlet Train). Also known as WATMAG, and named after a piece of work by local artist Julie Law), they were an eclectic, lo-fi experimental recording project, perhaps "too wilfully obscure for their own good"!
WAYSIDE:  Local act formed by Willie Bradle in 1995.

WEE ECK'S BOGIE:  Skiffle act formed in 1996 by Davy Inglis (guitar / vocals) & Stuart Simpson (banjo), both of whom later formed The Titanic Washoose Band.

WEIRD:  Formed in February 1995 by Stuart McCairney (guitar), Greg McSorley (bass), Derek Menmuir (drums) & Paul Smith (vocals guitar), Weird spent five years gigging and recorded two demo's containing crowd pleasing favourites like "The Rain" and "Vancouver". Weird played mainly around the Falkirk area, particularly when the Martell was a big influence on the scene. Around 1996 Central FM took a shine to the band, and they played "Summerhigh" live on air. The band supported The Supernaturals at an all day festival at the Martell in December. In 2000 the band split after recording their third set of songs as an album, to be called "Cold Home Street", on a four track, with McCairney trying pastures new. The other three brought in another guitarist and started a new band called The Seventeenth. Weird reformed in early 2004 and using a home studio recorded a new album "One More Solo", as well as re-recorded their first album "Whapper Stormer". In 2005 they began to gig further afield, which has continued into 2006.  2007 began with the release of the bands fifth album, "Riot Act". Later in the year the band recorded tracks for an acoustic album, which was released under the name of "Quiet Act" in 2008. Live work was then continued into 2010.   The band started it's own non-profit label, Home Made Records (HMR), to release their recordings, and Paul Smith also records and releases solo albums.
RELEASES:
"Whapper Stormer" (CD album, Home Made Records, 1995)
"Firkin Outburst" (CD album, Home Made Records, 1997)
"Cold Home Street" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2000)
"Cold Calling" (CD e.p., Home Made Records, 2004)
"One More Solo" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2004)
"Riot Act" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2007)
"Quiet Act" (CD album, Home Made Records, 2008)
WEBSITES:
http://www.bebo.com/weirdmusiconline
http://www.myspace.com/weirdmusiconline

Bill WELLS:  Falkirk born jazz bass player, Wells began his career playing in Rent-A-Dep, a jazz / rock combo from the early 1980's. During the next decade he became more involved in the local jazz scene, backing artists such as Bobby Wellins and Bruce Adams. In 1989 he formed the Bill Wells Octet, which went on to feature most of Scotland's main jazz musicians, such as Phil & Tom Bancroft, as well as London based players such as Steve Noble and Oren Marsha. In 1993 Wells guested with The George Burt Band on the One Records compilation.  1995 saw him set up the label Loathsome Reels, and release his first CD "The Bill Wells Octet Live '93 - '94". The following year he worked with trumpeter Harry Beckett at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, winning the Scotrail Award for best Scottish based performer. It was during this time that he met Stephen Pastel, who went on to introduce his music to a wider audience. This in turn led to him working with bands such as the Pastels and others on the independent Glasgow

scene. 1997 saw him co-produce an album for Andy Shanks & Jim Russell with Davie Scott, and then the following year he guested on the Future Pilot A.K.A. album, "The Bills Wels Octet vs Future Pilot A.K.A.", which was released to wide acclaim, on the Domino label. A track from this record was remixed by French DJ Kid Loco and featured on the HBO TV series 'Six Feet Under'. At this time Wells was a member of the 'House Band' for the BBC Choice series "The Beat Room", backing artists such as Eugene Kelly (of The Vaselines) and Chip Taylor (writer of 'Wild Thing", and uncle of Angelina Jolie!). 
Wells then collaborated under the name of The Phantom Engineer in 2000, before recording an album, "Incorrect Practice", as The Bill Wells Trio. In 2001 he worked (with the Pastels) on the soundtrack of (and appeared in) David Mackenzie's film "The Last Great Wilderness". The following year he supported Belle & Sebastian on the first leg of their European Tour (with Isobel Campbell), played in Germany with Backworld, recorded an Album with Jad Fair, did a remix with Norman Blake, was commissioned to write an arrangement for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, and released two records; "Also In White" by the Bill Wells Trio & "Ghost Of Yesterday" by Bill Wells & Isobel Campbell. Both these records were also released in Japan on the P-Vine label. In 2003 Wells went to Berlin to make an album, "Pick Up Sticks" using computer andsampler only. This recording also featured Stefan Schnieder, Annie Whitehead and Barbara Morgenstern.

2004 saw him touring and recording in Japan with Maher Shalal Hash Baz. He has also either played or recorded with a diverse range of artists including Arab Strap, Lol Coxhill, Belle & Sebastian, David Tibet, The Telstar Ponies, V- Twin, Teenage Fanclub, Kama Aina, Kid Loco, Barry Guy and Evan Parker among many others. During 2006 Wells received a Scottish Arts Council 'Tune Up' commission for a tour of Scotland with a group of Japanese musicians. He also released a couple of albums, "Osaka Bridge", and an album of Billie Holiday cover versions with Isobel Campbell (previously of Belle & Sebastian) entitled "Ghosts Of Yesterday" In 2007 Wells formed, the semi-ironically titled, The National Jazz Trio of Scotland. January 2010 saw Wells appearing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, with Aidan Moffat, with whom he began recording a collaborative album later in the year.  2011 saw the collaborative album with Aidan Moffat, "Everythings Getting Older", released to great critical acclaim, followed in 2012 by a limited edition 7 inch single called "The Power & The Glory Of Love".
RELEASES:
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet Live '93 - '94" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 1995)
"The Bill Wells Octet vs Future Pilot A.K.A." (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1999)
As The Bill Wells Trio:
"Incorrect Practice (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2000)
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet meets Lol Coxhill " (vinyl album, Textile Records, 2001)
As The Bill Wells Trio:
"Also In White" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2002)
As Bill Wells & Isobel Campbell:
"Ghosts Of Yesterday" (CD album, Creeping Bent Records, 2002)
As The Bill Wells Big Band:
"Society Of Musicians" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
As The Bill Wells Octet:
"The Bill Wells Octet" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
"The Bill Wells Octet Live 96" (CD album, Loathsome Reels, 2003)
As Jad Fair & Bill Wells:
"Whale" (CD album, Friends & Relatives, 2003)
As Bill Wells:
"Pick Up Sticks" (CD/vinyl album, Leaf Records, 2004)
"Osaka Bridge" (Cd album, Karaoke Kalk Records, 2006)
Aidat Moffat & Bill Wells:
"Everything's Getting Older" (CD/internet album, 2011)
"The Power & The Glory Of Love" (7 inch single, 2012)
GUEST PERFORMANCES:
The Pastels, "Mobile Safari" (CD/cassette/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1995)
Duglas T. Stewart, "Frankenstein" (CD album, Vinyl Japan Records, 1996)
Andy Shanks & Jim Russell, "Diamonds In The Night" (CD cassette album, Culburnie Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "Illumination" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "The Hits Hurt" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
The Pastels, "Unfair Kind Of Fame" (CD/vinyl album, Domino Records, 1997)
V-Twin, "Dark Tourism" (Domino Records, 1998)
The Pastels, "Illuminati" (CD/vinyl, Domino Records, 1998)
Future Pilot A.K.A. "Future Pilot A.K.A. v A Galaxy Of Sound" (dble CD/vinyl album, Sulphur Records, 1999)
V-Twin, "Free The Twin" (Domino Records, 2000)
The Gentle Waves, "Falling From Grace" (CD/vinyl album, Jeepster Records, 2000)
Future Pilot A.K.A., "Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Telstar Ponies, "Farewell, Farewell" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2001)
Future Pilot A.K.A., "Beat Of A Drum" (single, Geographic Records, 2001)
The Telstar Ponies, "Hares On The Mountain" (10 inch vinyl single, Static Caravan Records, 2002)
V-Twin, "Call A Meeting" (Domino Records, 2002)
V-Twin, "The Blues Is A Minefield" (Domino Records, 2002)
The Pastels, "The Last Great Wilderness" (CD/vinyl album, Geographic Records, 2003)
The Nectarine No.9, "Society is a Carniverous Flower" (CD, Beggars Banquet Records, 2003)
Backworld, "Seeds Of Love" (CD album, World Serpent Records, 2003)
Isobel Campbell, "Amorino" (CD/vinyl album, Snowstorm Records, 2003)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz, "Open Field" (CD album, Geographic Records, 2003)
Isobel Campbell, "Time Is Just The Same" (Snowstorm Records, 2004)
YeonGene, "Me & My Burt" (CD album, Beatball Records, 2006).

WHITE HEATHER TUBES:  Local act formed in 1996 by Joe Cowan (banjo bodhran, ex-Burns Bar Ceilidh Band), John "cowboy" Cowan (guitar vocals), Davie Fawcett (vocals/harmonica, ex-Bottle), Geordie Fawcett (guitar, ex-Bottle), Neil Clark (bagpipes whistles) & Derek McMorrow (accordian). The band brought a self-titled CD out in 1996, which featured covers and a couple of originals, the most popular of which was called "The Banks Of Forth & Clyde", a song which is, as far as I know, the only one featuring Camelon. They played "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth in 1997, before splitting, and now occasionally get together for the odd reunion. Clark still plays with the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.
RELEASES:
"White Heather Tubes" (CD album, 1996)
WEBSITE:
http://www.myspace.com/whiteheathertubes

WHITE TAPE:  Bo'ness based band formed in 1999.

WHUMFF:  Act formed in 1990 by Alan Bell (guitar/vocals), Gus (guitar), Ross McIntyre (bass), Vince (drums) & Dave Williams (harmonica). Williams left in January 1992, and one month later the band won Falkirk College "Battle Of The Bands". In June 1992 the band played at The Lark In The Park, Grangemouth, as well as keeping up a hectic local gigging schedule which stretched into 1993. Up until then they had concentrated on cover version, but switched to a more original set when David Dowell (drums, ex-Fine) replaced Vince. The original material was short lived, and they returned to covers for live work. Later in that year McIntyre left, later joining Sumthang, and was replaced by ex-Fool No More member Billy Baikie. The band continued to play into 1994, when Dowell left to join Numb. Gus & Billy Baikie then joined Illicit Still. Whumff continue to play until today, though in 2002 ex-Cooper members David Dowell (drums) & Jamie Rodger (bass) joined to replace the departing Billy Baikie (who left to join The Monsterz Of Roc). Dowell left again in 2003 and was replaced by Lee Campbell (drums, ex-7past5). The band continue to play the occasional pub date and larger bike rally. Rodger, meanwhile, plays in a club act called The Funky Bumpers.

WHY BRADLEY:  Band formed in 1994 by Mark Hamilton, Iain Livingston (guitar), Scott Livingston (guitar), Steven Polwart & Graeme Toms, who started playing live in 1996 and continued until 1997, when they supported Kevin McDermott at the Martell. Live dates were continued in 1999, when they once again supported McDermott. In 2000 the band played support in Glasgow and Edinburgh to the likes of Tom Hingley (of The Inspiral Carpets), Geneva & Bernard Butler. Polwart is the brother of Karine Polwart and he is a regular member of her band. The Livingston brothers and Polwart later formed Team Solripe.

Ann WILLIAMSON:  Bo'ness born light entertainment performer who released some singles in the early-1980's on Emerald Records. More recently (mid-1990's) she released 2 "spiritual country" albums for Scotdisc.
RELEASES:
"When You & I Were Young, Maggie" (7 inch single, Emerald Records, 1982)
"LIke Strangers" (7 inch single, Emerald Records, 1983)
"Flower Of Scotland" (CD album, Scotdisc Records, 1994)
"Amazing Grace" (CD album, Scotdisc Records, 1995).

 
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