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The ECHOES:  Three piece band formed in January 2009 by Darren Tasker (vocals/guitar), Andrew Dalziel (guitar/vocals, ex-solo), & James Gibson (drums, also with The Flares). Gibson later joined The Difference.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/theechoesfalkirk
ECHOFELA:  Previously the Barry Price Band, Echofela came into being via a name change in August 2007 with Barry Price (vocals/guitar), Bryan Hamilton (drums, also Ghost), Fraser Christie (guitar), James McCabe (keyboards) & Graeme Mack (bass). The band finished the year by winning the XFM Uploaded competition. Hamilton & Christie were soon replaced by Adam Railton (guitar) & Chris Maltman (drums). The band continued to play into 2008, with Maltman replaced by Ross Kilgour (drums), whilst McCabe left. That summer they won a competition to support The Zutons in Inverness, which led to a gig at a Rock Against Racism gig at Hampden Stadium. In August 2008 Price hosted a series of acoustic dates at Behind The Wall, Falkirk, whilst the band played at Retrofest 2008 in Glasgow, along with the likes of Boy George, The Bangles, Paul Young & Kim Wilde. January 2009 saw the band release their debut E.P. "Reflection Of A Gentleman". The band played at Big In Falkirk in May, and a date at the Homecoming Festival in Grangemouth that summer. Summer 2010 saw the release of a new single, "Girls, Girls, Ladies". The band continued to play live into 2011, with Price winninga holiday to Egypt in a Thomas Cook Talent Contest (for whom he worked). At that point Mack & Kilgour left to be replaced by Stephen Grant (bass) & Graeme Bell (drums, ex-Johnny & The Giros). Summer saw them play at the Grangemouth Music Festival. The band continued to play into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals.
"Reflection Of A Gentleman" (CD/Internet single, 2009)
"Girls, Girls, Ladies" (Internet single, Ignite Records, 2010)
WEBSITES:  http://www.echofela.com  & http://www.myspace.com/echofela
Nicola EDDIE:  Grangemouth based vocalist who reached the final of the Falkirk Herald Voice of the Year competition in November 2006 whilst only 17.

The ELECTRIC MAFIAL:  The Electric Mafia started accidentally when George Fyfe (drums), Ross Imlach (bass), Jonathan Baxter (vocals/guitar) & Bobby Osborne (guitar) were put together to play a cover of “Apache” at Graeme High’s annual Christmas Concert in 2006.  Out of pure laziness they stayed together as a band, and played several gigs in 2007, playing mostly Prog. Rock. This format was failing to deliver, and gradually Baxter departed, to be replaced in summer by Euan Steel. Osborne’s writing and singing became a lot stronger during this time, and the band re-named themselves Love Over Gold.

ELMO:  Glasgow based band from 2007 featuring local bass player Ross McCrossan (ex-Stand Alone).

ELSEWHERE:  Four piece Falkirk band who recorded a demo at Homegrown Studios in 2005.

The END OF NEVER:  From 2006 with Sean Castell (drums, ex-Let's Be Frank), Gareth Dick (vocals/guitar, ex-Let's Be Frank) & Ian Ivory (bass). Dick later formed Synergy, whilst Castell formed Breaching Copyright.
ENDORPHINE:  Formed 1997 still going 2005. Once featured Stevie Calder (guitar), later formed Spy 5.

ENEMY OF ROME:  Act formed in early 2008 by Jason Connolly (guitar, ex-Toy), Kris Connolly (guitar), John (drums, ex-Toy), Ronnie Higgins (vocals) & Connor (bass). In 2009 the band were looking for a new bass player.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/enemyofromeband

The EPIC:  Five piece rock and roll act from Denny & Stirling featuring Shaun (vocals), Hammy (drums), Ross (guitar/synth), Martin (guitar) & Neilly (bass). In 2006 Shaun left, and the band began looking for a new singer. The band played a one off comeback charity date in June 2007.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/epicrocknroll

ETHEREEL:  Laurieston based act formed in 2005 by Chris Turpin & Titch. The duo advertised in the Falkirk Herald that summer for a rehearsal room.

EVER THE OPTIMIST:  Act formed in late 2007 by a name change from allsystemsGO. They featured Scott Aitken (vocals), Graeme Simpson (drums), Andrew Laurenson (bass/vocals), Gordon Miller (guitar/vocals) & Dobbie, and made their debut at Rockers in Glasgow, before player Rosies, Falkirk, in December. The band then continued to play live into 2008, without Dobbie, when they reached the final of the Council run Battle Of The Bands. Soon afterwards, Miller decided to leave the band, and they recruited Graeme Wyse (guitar) in his place, however summer 2008 saw the band split due to the usual musical differences, with Aitken forming Mad For Sadness, before being re-united with Simpson, Laurenson & Miller in It's A Girl.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/evertheoptimist1
EXPLODING EMOTIONS:  Band featuring Kevin Simpson who split in early 2007. Simpson went on to form We Killed Karaoke.
FAIGAN:  Three piece band formed in 2006 by Ben Brown (vocals/guitar), Doug High (bass/vocals) & Jack Robertson (drums). Heavily influenced by Metallica, Nickelback & Disturbed, they began gigging that year. Robertson left, and the band recruited Ross Walker (drums, ex-Plan B) & David Gibson (guitar / vocals) late in the year, then continued to play live into 2007. In June they recorded some tracks for an EP at Pauls Hall, Cumbernauld, and these led to a deal with label, Off Beat later in the year. The band played live into 2008.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/faigan
Ross FAIRWEATHER:  A former member of Shine, and frontman of Mr Nice, Fairweather has continued to play live as a solo performer since at least 2003. When Mr Nice split in spring 2006 he played Big In Falkirk solo. Fairweather continued gigging, and in March 2007 supported The Zutons (and The MacDonald Brothers!) at the Glasgow Carling Academy. For this date he was backed by Dan Adams (drums, ex-Mr Nice, then playing with The Doledrums), Billy Kay (bass, ex-Mr Nice) & Ian Jamieson (guitar, who may have been ex-10%). Just before then he also supported Strands frontman Howie Payne at Rialto in Falkirk. At this time Fairweather recruited a band to record his debut album, going under the name Ross Fairweather & The Billy Shears. Fairweather began 2008 with a date at the closing night of Grubowski's. Later in the year he recruited a new act to replace The Billy Shears, called The Last Saloon. 2009 saw Fairweather release a solo track on a Behind The Wall sponsored EP supporting Falkirk Football Club on their European campaign. Fairweather has continued to gig right into 2013.
RELEASES:  "We Are The Bairns" (CD single, 2009).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/rossfairweather
Ross FAIRWEATHER & THE BILLY SHEARS:  Act formed by former solo Ross Fairweather (vocals/guitar) in 2007, and featuring Billy Kay (bass, ex-Ross Fairweather), Andy Douglas (guitar, ex-July Days) & Lee Burgoyne (drums). Taking their name from a Beatles lyric, the band travelled to Toulouse, France in late 2007 to record their debut album, "Songs de la Terre", with former John Martyn producer Roger Shepherd. In December the band missed out on a support to The Verve at the SECC, Glasgow (due to missing a telephone call), however they did support former Delgado, Emma Pollock. Kay, Douglas & Burgoyne then left in 2008 to form The Ray Summers Band, and Fairweather put together a new act, The Last Saloon.
RELEASES:  "Songs de la Terre" (CD album, 2008)
The FALKIRK BIG BAND:  Jazz act from 2007 featuring Bill McDonald (saxophone, ex-Tommy Shirra Band).

FALLING BEHIND FRED:  4-piece Grangemouth school band from September 2006 (formely The Four Of Hearts) with Alana McLernon (vocals/guitar), Kirsty Wood (guitar/vocals), Natalie Pryce (bass) & Ben White (drums). In February 2007 they reached the final of the Falkirk Council run "Rock The Talk" Battle Of The Bands, with a gig held at Glasgow's Barrowlands. In May 2007 they played at "Big In Falkirk" in Callendar Park. White also played with Synergy. In late 2007 McLernon decided to go solo, as did Wood.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thefourofhearts
FALSE FLAG:  Three piece punk act formed in 2007 by Dean (bass), Josh (guitar) & Ben (drums). In April they lost Ben and advertised for a new drummer.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/falseflag2

FEARLESS DAVE:  Bo'ness based band from 2006 featuring Johnny Lapsley (vocals/guitar, ex-Bone Idol), Steven "Butch" Martin (bass/synth, ex-Bone Idol), Fealess Dave (drums) & Robert Purdie (piano/ ynth / vocals, ex-Bone Idol). Martin went on to form Butch & The Bandits.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace/com/onceortwice

FEARSUM' ENDJIN:  Local act of which we know nothing...?
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/fearsumendjin
FIRE EXIT:  Punk band from 2006 featuring local bass player Dougie Mackie, also of The Cool Jerks, Jam Pact & Bladdered. In 2007 they played a punk festival in Amsterdam with the line-up of Mackie, Gerry Attrick (vocals), Joe Jaconelli (drums/vocals, also with The Zips) & Jimbo McKellar(guitar/vocals, also with the Zips). The original band had a single out in 1979 called "Timewall", which charted in the Sounds alternative chart and was above the Skids ("Charles"), The Buzzcocks "Spiral Scratch" & The Cure ("Killing an Arab"). Towards the end of 2007 they supported The Misfits, 999 & The UK Subs, whilst 2008 saw them play with Sham 69 & The UK Subs. Later that year, McKellar, Jaconelli & Mackie formed The Media Whores.
WEBSITE:  http://www.fireexit77.com/
The FIGHTBACK:  Melodic hardcore act formed early 2004 by Douglas Bruce (guitar), Mark Fraser (bass), James McKean (vocals) & Glen Gardiner (drums). Influenced by the likes of Faded Grey, Dag Nasty, Turning Point, Count Me Out, Minor Threat & Bad Brains the band have rehearsed and gigged extensively since then, as well as recording a demo CD which sold well. The Fightback have opened for bands such as Champion, Over My Dead Body, The Promise, Terror, Comeback Kid, Paint It Black, Maypole, Fireapple Red, The Legacy and Righteous Jams. In Summer 2004 Danny Nash (ex-7 Stone Lighter) joined the band, whilst in November Gardiner left (to joijn Adeave) and was replaced by Martin (Ex-Engage). When Nash quit in Spring 2005, Steve Meader (ex-Sworn In) filled in for threeshows. The band are now due to record a split 7" with The Legacy from Sheffield and record their own 7-10 track MCD.  2006 saw the band play all over the UK, as well as signing toEnglish label Dead and Gone Records. There are plans to release a 7" through them early in 2007, as well as a split 7" with US band Cash In on Assasinated Records (USA).
The FINAL THROW:  Act from 2008 featuring Craig MacIntyre, Alan Hotchkiss, Calum Campbell & Roddy Campbell, who played at Big In Falkirk in May of that year. This gig was repeated in 2009. Both Campbell's then went on to form The Urban Tonkerers, whilst Hotchkiss joined The White Vinyl Collective. 

FIORINA:  Originally formed 2004 the 2005 line-up was Gaz (vocals), Steven Fleming (guitar, ex-Defect), Andy Green (bass, ex-Grain), Kev (drums) & Tam Connelly (guitar) who worked extremely hard on their overall sound prior to hitting the live scene. Through a fusion of eclectic influences and a shared love of brutal heavy metal they created a sound drawing mainly from metal and hardcore, which maintains a melodic edge whilst remaining separate from the stereotypical metalcore sound. In 2005 they made their debut at Jacks Bar, Falkirk, recorded three tracks at Urban Studios in Glasgow and advertise for a drummer to replace the departed Kev. This led to the recruitment of Dutch exile Elwin, a veteran of various metal bands in Holland, on drums. This connection saw them play some dates in the Netherlands in November.  At some point both Gaz & Connelly also played with If Munki. After a year of relative inactivity, Fiorina recorded some tracks at Urban Studios, Glasgow early in 2008 for a new release.
WEBSITES:  http://www.myspace.com/fiorina & http://fiorina.proboards43.com
FIVE PARK DRIVE:  Formed June 2004 by Liam Davis (vocals/guitar), Billy Kay (bass/vocals), Stevie Black (guitar/vocals, ex-Strand also Mr Nice), Steve Honeyman (keyboards, ex-Small Mountains) & Johnny Rough (drums, ex-Circle). A month later they played their debut gig at the Renfrew Ferry, Glasgow, and continued playing small venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as London, Southampton & Brighton (which were hosted by ex-Jam drummer Rick Buckler). An early member may have been Alan Gilchrist (guitar) who went on to play with Akolayd) 2005 saw the band play a fortnightly residency in Best Bar None, Stirling, whilst continuing a busy live schedule. Their sound was described as a mixture of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller and The Bluetones.

In October 2005 Five Park Drive played
as part of the "Way To Blue" festival, and at the end of the year got through to the final of a Scotland wide "Battle of the Bands" sponsored by Carling. This led to a support with The Bluetones at The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh in March 2006, by which time Rough had been replaced by Daniel Adam (drums, also with Mr Nice). Rough went on to play with Sleeper Train. The band continued their live schedule, including a date at Big In Falkirk in April, whilst recording tracks for a new EP. The band had to take a rest from live work in the summer due to a wrist injury substained by drummer Adam, and then were dealt a further blow by the departure to London of bass player Billy Kay (he would later return to the area, and was seen helping out Ross Fairweather and The North Country Ramblers). He was replaced by Stirling bass player Iain Hamilton (ex-Encierro), only for the band to then lose Daniel Adam. Drummer Mark Feeney, also with Blue Vintage City, replaced him. The group then threw themselves into live work again, ending the year with a support slot to former Jam drummer Rick Buckler.

2007 saw them continue their live work, with a UK tour in spring, taking in a date at Liverpool's Cavern, and a support to the Complete Stone Roses. Towards the middle of the year they parted company with Honeyman (who went on to join The Vesparados), continuing as a four piece. The band then went into Glasgow's Q10 studios and recorded their debut single, "Panic", with Franz Ferdinand and Idlewild producer Larry Primrose. By the end of the year Black was also playing (bass) with The Doledrums.
2008 saw the band drop from public view, only to return at the end of the year with a line-up of Davies, Hamilton, Feeney & Jamie Haffey (guitar). The band then supported former Seahorses frontman Chris Helme, and former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss, as well as a date at the Barrowlands supported "From The Jam". Feeney went on to play with The OK Social Club, whilst Haffey joined Davey Horne.
RELEASES:  "Panic" (CD single, Double Plus Records, 2007).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/fiveparkdrive
The FLARES:  Three piece Stenhousemuir act formed in 2009 by Craig Alston (bass/vocals, ex-King Crazy), Craig Turnbull (vocals/guitar, ex-King Crazy) & James Gibson (drums, ex-King Crazy, also with The Echoes).

FLUID DYNAMIC:  Techno act from Stenhousemuir in 2007 who seem to have been the brainchild of one person - though I don't know who!  2010 saw them release an EP, entitled "Visions".
RELEASES:  "Visions" (EP, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/fluiddynamic

FLUX:  Act formed in Aberdeen in 2003 by Bonnybridge vocalist and Guitarist David Taylor. When he moved to Edinburgh he added Jamie Robb (bass), Niki Boyle (drums) & Douglas Shanks (guitar). Influenced by The Cure, The Replacements & Husker Du, the band competed for a place at "Big In Falkirk" in 2006.
FORGOTTEN CONSPIRACY:  Band from 2009 made up of ex-members of 12%.

The FOUR OF HEARTS:  Four piece Grangemouth school band formin 2006 by Alana McLaren (vocals/guitar), Kirsty Wood (guitar/vocals), Natalie Pryce (bass) & Ben White (drums). They changed their name in September of that year to Falling Behind Fred.

FRAME BY FRAME:  Five piece act formed in 2007 by Lily (vocals), Murray (guitar), Ewan (guitar), Nicky (drums) & Shauni (bass) who changed their name to The Cutouts within a couple of months.
ELIZABETH FRASER:  After a long and acclaimed career as The Cocteau Twins' vocalist, Grangemouth born Fraser finally got round to a solo outing in 2010, with the release of a limited edition solo single, "Moses".
RELEASES:  "Moses" (12 inch vinyl/internet single, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.elizabethfraser.com/

Matt FRIEL:  Solo vocalist (ex-member of Escape), who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald Voice of 2009 competition. In 2011 he formed Erazor.

The FUNKY BUMPERS:  Formed by Gus Boyd (bass, ex-Caspian) & Neil Warden (guitar) in 1983 they became The Bumpers later that year. In 2005 there was a club band formed with the same name, with Kirk Richardson (drums/vocals), Keith Jenner (guitar/vocals), Tony Graham (keyboards/vocals) and Jamie Rodger (bass, ex-Whumff). They played hotels all over Scotland, and are top class professional players.
WEBSITE:  http://www.funkybumpers.com
The FUSE:  Denny based band formed in 2006 as Strictly Speaking, who changed their name in 2007. Their line-up was Mark Porteous (guitar), Michael McEleney (guitar), George Mavrogalos (bass/vocals), Chris Nelson (drums) & Gordon Anderson (keyboards). The band then split at the start of 2008.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/strictlyspeaking1

FUSION:  Falkirk/Bathgate based act featuring Andy Thomson (vocals), Struan Tait (guitar), Fergus Thomson (guitar), Steven Herd (bass) & James Cassidy (drums). The band played dates in 2007, including one at "Big In Falkirk" in Callendar Park.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/ourbandcalledfusion
GENETIK BLUEPRINT:  4-piece rock act formed by locals Dave Buchanan (drums/vocals, ex-Age Of Anger) & Pat (bass, ex-Little Joe Crow), along with Duncan McLeish (vocals, ex-Age Of Anger) & Mark McCarroll (guitar/vocals, ex-Revolution), in 2003. After recording their debut EP demo in 2004, the band re-entered the studio in April 2005 to record a challenging 6 songs spread across 2 CDs. "Calculate" was released later on in 2005 and gained the four piece opening slots on the Selfish Cunt & The Psyke Project Scottish tour dates. The band continue to gig into 2007, even supporting Amen towards the end of that year.2010 saw the band recruit new members, with Pat being replaced by Paul Stewart (bass, possibly ex-Sentinal) and Michael McCarroll (synth).
RELEASES:  "Calculate" (CD EP, 2005).
WEBSITES:  http://www.genetikblueprint.com & http://www.myspace.com/genetikblueprint
GHOST:  Local metal act formed in 2006 by Phil (bass), Jamie Sturrock (guitar), James (vocals) & Bryan Hamilton (drums, also with Barry Price), who began playing live in early 2007. In August Sturrock helped out with Death By Trial.
Gregor GILLESPIE:  Bo'ness vocalist who specialised in karaoke before reaching the final of the Falkirk Herald Voice of the Year competition in November 2006. In 2008 Gillespie appeared in a production of "Annie" at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

GODPLAYER:  Glasgow based band featuring local guitarist Rab Coverdale (ex-Grain). The rest of then line-up is Joe McGlynn (vocals), Danny McNabb (bass), Alan McFarland (guitar) & Gerry McGrath (drums).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/godplayer
GOODSON:  Grangemouth band formed end of 2004 by Archie MacInstosh (Tosh) (vocals, ex-Skinflats), Cammy (guitar, ex-Charm), Lewis Wilson (guitar, ex-Bravado), Blaine (bass, ex-Charm) & Tich, who began playing live in May 2005 with shows at The Garage and The Cathouse. The band released their debut EP, "Reflections" in April 2007, and continued to play live into 2008. Summer 2008 saw them having a track, "Halfway There", included on a compilation album of unsigned bands on Catcutter Records. Wilson then went solo. The band returned in 2010, playing at the Grangemouth Festival.
RELEASES:  "Reflections" (CD EP, 2007).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/goodson2005
The GRUBOWSKI'S ALLSTARS:  House band for Grubowski's jam sessions, formed in September 2003 by David Dowell (drums, ex-Raw Elvis), Jondi (keyboards/vocals), Robbie Lesuik (bass, ex-Pistolstar), Craig Henderson (guitar, ex-Cooper) & pub owner Ronnie Jenkins (percussion). Vintage drummer Stan 'the man' Kieslar played alternating weeks. A version of the Grubowskis House Band - known as the Grubowskis Allstars - plays pubs locally with Alan on drums. Dowell also plays with a few other bands now, notably The States from Glasgow, and Projekt, as well as doing sessions on Cal's new single. A new house band for Grubowski's, Bad Piggy, was put together by Dowell in 2006. Lesuik went on to form The Saltshakers.
Robin GUTHRIE:  Robin Guthrie was born on the 4th January 1962 in Grangemouth, and spent most of the 1980's and 1990's playing with The Cocteau Twins. His unique style of guitar-playing and songwriting (not to mention his deft production skills in the recording studio) have earned him the respect of musicians throughout the world.  Working at first with Will Heggie, and since with Simon Raymonde, Guthrie has played guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and other instruments over the years, plus programming, sampling and sound processing.  Guthrie originally set-up the record label Bella Union with Raymonde, and he now works and lives in France with his wife, Florence, and their two children. He is also the proud father of Lucy Belle, his daughter with fellow Cocteau Twin Liz Fraser.  
In addition to his work as a producer and engineer, Robin's latest musical collaboration is Violet Indiana, with singer Siobhan de Maré (formerly of MONO).
Guthrie's first solo record, "Imperial", was released in March 2003 by Bella Union.  Guthrie has created some of the most beautiful music of recent times and is widely regarded as a musical visionary. The distinctive sonic landscapes that have become his trademark are on display both throughout his recorded work and now his live concept performaces; the Lumière.  Recently Robin has collaborated with Harold Budd on the soundtrack to Gregg Araki's "Mysterious Skin", as well as introducing exclusive new material from 2006 album "Continental". This album was toured around cinemas in the UK in June, along with an accompanying movie.  At the end of 2006, Guthrie appeared alongside his daughter, Lucy Belle, on an album by Mahogany entitled "Conectivity". Towards the end of the year he recorded a track with former Ride vocalist Mark Gardiner.  Summer 2007 saw Guthrie take his live work to South America for a short tour. 2007 was also of note for producing Annie Barker, Heligoland & Resplandor, as well as collaborating with Ulrich Schnauss, Manual, Apollo Heights, The School of Seven Bells, Colour Kane, and Harold Budd.  In February 2008 her toured Italy, Chile & Argentina, followed by an appearance at a film festival in Mexico. During the summer Guthrie re-mixed Goldfrapp, whilst playing guitar on tracks by Honeychild Coleman and Kate Havenik. Towards the end of the year Guthrie picked up a Q Inspiration award for his work with The Cocteau Twins.  In 2009, Guthrie released an album with former Ultravox! frontman, John Foxx, entitled "Mirrorball", and a solo EP called "Angel Falls" in June. This was followed by a solo album, "Carousel", in the summer. The year ended with the release of an EP, "Sunflower Stories".  2010 saw Guthrie continue his production work for Annie Barkewr, whilst recording a new album with Harold Budd in Italy, entitled "Bordeaux". He also found time to record the soundtrack for the movie, "Kaboom".   2011 saw Guthrie working in the studio with Heligoland & Sealight, before embarking on a US tour in the summer with Brendan Perry.   2012 saw the release of a new album, "Emeralds". 
"Imperial" (CD album, Bella Union Records, 2003)
"Continental" (CD album, Darla Records, 2006)
With John Foxx: "Mirrorball" (CD album, Metamatic Records, 2009)
"Angel Falls" (EP, 2009)
"Carousel" (CD album, 2009)
"Sunflower Stories" (CD EP, 2009)
With Harold Budd: "Bordeaux" (album, 2010) 
"Emeralds" (album, 2011).
GUEST APPEARANCES:  Mahogany, "Conectivity" (CD album, 2006) & Honeychild Coleman 
http://www.robinguthrie.net/ & http://www.myspace.com/robinguthrie
David HAMILTON:  Hamilton was born in 1934 and took up the bagpipes at the age of 11. After a lifetime playing in pipe bands, he aquired the job of resident piper at the Gleneagles Hotel in 1994, where he played for the likes of the Queen, Bob Hope, Lee Trevino & Jack Nicklaus. In 2005 Hamilton took the steps of recording and releasing his own album of pipe music, "Tunes From The Glen", recorded at East Kilbride Arts Centre by Pearlfishers frontman Davy Scott (who also added piano & guitar). Hamilton was 71 at the time!
RELEASES:  "Tunes From The Glen" (album, 2005)

Louise HAMILTON:  Teacher who sang with Out Of The Swim in 2006 before winning the final of the Falkirk Herald Voice of the Year competition in November of that year. Hamilton continued to gig into 2007, combining singing with her day job as a primary teacher. That year saw her record a ten track album and attract an agent. Gigs continued into 2008. Hamilton's father, David, played in 1970's band Goldrush.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/louisehamiltonvocalist

The HARPS:  Four piece act formed in February 2008 by Steven Fallon (vocals), James Fallon (guitar), Brendan Fitzpatrick (bass) & Andy Stevenson (drums). In early 2009 the band recorded some new tracks at Parklane Studios, Glasgow. Summer saw them playing at the Homecoming Festival in Grangemouth.
HAZE ON A HILLTOP:  3-piece formed in 2008 by C.J. McNally (vocals/harmonica), Michael McKean (guitar/vocals, ex-Main Attraction) & Garry Kyle (guitar, ex-Main Attraction). McNally & Kyle soon formed Tasty Brown Fudge.

Rachel HIGGINS:  Polmont based singer who won The Falkirk Herald "Voice Of 2008" competition that year, whilst only 15 years old.

Louise HENDRY:  Fronted Captain Howdie and in November 2006 reached the final of the Falkirk Herald Voice of the Year competition. In 2008 Hendry returned with her band, Louise Against The Elements.
Jill HEPBURN:  Singer/songwriter Hepburn (vocals/guitar) was a veteran of open mic nights when she met up with Les Makin (keyboards/bass, ex-Concorde Jams, also helped out The International Pop Assassins) & Greg Drysdale (drums, ex-Nimmo Brothers, also helped out The International Pop Assassins) at Falkirk's "Acoustic Kitchen" in 2004. This led to recording and a release, "Groovy Enough For Two" on Seminal Records in 2005. At the end of the year she returned to live work with a support in Stirling to Martin Stephenson. After intermitant live shows, Hepburn released her debut album, "Snowflake", in 2010, which became album of the week on BBC Scotland's Ian Anderson show. 2012 saw the release of a second album, "The Lantern Has Fallen", which was recorded at the Tolbooth in Stirling, and produced by Martin Stephenson. The album featured Kenny Brady (violin/mandolin/vocals, ex- Fall) & Alex Irvine (ukelele, ex- International Pop Assassins).
"Groovy Enough For Two" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2005)
"Snowflake" (CD album, 2010)
"The Lantern Has Fallen" (CD album, 2012).
WEBSITES:  http://www.jillhepburn.com & http://www.falkirkmusicscene.co.uk/seminal
HESKEY:  Formed in 1998 by Stuart Blackwood (vocals/guitar, ex-Blue Jays) & Robbie Lesuik (bass, ex-Alaska), along with Andrew Baker (keyboards, ex-Borderline), David Murphy (guitar/vocals) & Don Watson (drums). Watson was soon replaced by Andy Denolm (drums, ex-Jellytone) and the band began recording their debut album on Arran in the summer. Baker and Lesuik left previous to this (with Baker possibly being the same Dru Baker that played jazz?), with Lesuik forming Pistolstar. Niall Anderson (bass, ex-Jellytone) then joined allowing the band to play live to promote their self-titled album.  Blackwood appeared onstage at the Armadillo, Glasgow playing guitar beside his hero, Neil Finn.  Heskey appeared at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park in 2002, supporting Snow Patrol, The Cosmic Rough Riders & Bob Geldof. In 2003 Blackwood also formed Soundcradle (with ex-Heskey drummer Don Watson) as an outlet for his own songs. The four piece played since then until 2006, though with less frequency, until eventually Blackwood left to concentrate on Soundcradle, with the other three members forming Retro Gnome.
RELEASES:  "Heskey" (CD album, 1998)
HIGHER GROUND:  Grangemouth covers band formed in 2003 by Raymond Struthers (vocals), Alan Dougall (guitar), Larry Thomson (bass) & Gavin Morrison (drums). They continued to play up until 2005, by which time Thomson had been replaced by Larry Denholm (bass). The band then planned to cut a demo early in 2006. At the end of the year they announced their intention to release a version of Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven" for charity. 2007 saw more live work for the band, which was not slowed down by Morrison leaving to concentrate on his other band Coriolis. He was replaced by Chris Paton (drums, ex-Bravado), however he returned for a final date in May 2008, after which the band split for good. Summer 2009 saw them playing a date at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, before Struthers formed Fire It Up. 
The HIGH SOCIETY JAZZ BAND:  Jazz act from 2007 - 2009 featuring Peter Dyer (trumpet, ex-Lauder's Big Band), Alan Corbett (clarinet saxophone, ex-Smokehouse Blues Band), John Lynch (saxophone) & John Arthur (trombone, ex-Tommy Shirra band).

HOAX:  4-piece Grangemouth Punk band formed by Kat Sharp (vocals/guitar), Emma George (guitar/vocals), Steph Liddle (bass) & Anna Miele (drums). Initially using the name Random Decision (The Super Strokable Carrots and The Amputated Humans were also considered!), the foursome played some dates in 2004, before becoming Hoax. Live dates have been sporadic since then, however in July 2005 they supported the BMX Bandits at a BBC Scotland outdoor event in Grangemouth. The band continued to play into 2006, during which Sharp & George formed Cadenza.
RELEASES:  "Hoax" (CD EP, 2005).
bThe HOLLERAN FAMILY:  Local Christian family of gospel and folk singers, made up of three brothers, a sister, and a sister-in-law. In 2005 they released a CD entitled "He Was Pierced".
RELEASES:  "He Was Pierced" (CD album, 2005)

HOMETOWN HEROES:  Grangemouth High School band formed in 2008.

Johnny HOODOO:  2008 solo name of former Tali & Johnny member Ian Murray.

HOOKS AND CROOKS:  Rock'n'roll act from Denny formed in 2005 by Gerard McGlade (guitar/vocals), Paul James Wilson (drums) & Greg Hadlow (bass/vocals). The band continued to play into 2007, when they reached the final of the Falkirk College "Battle Of The Bands", and also the Emergenza Battle Of The Bands at the Carling Academy, Glasgow, from which they reached the grand final in London. From this they won a UK tour and a publishing deal. The band returned to live work in 2008, including a date at the London Carling Academy in the summer, once again in the final of the Emergenze Battle Of The Bands. The end of the year saw them recording new material. 2009 saw the band perform at the Grangemouth Homecoming in June. Early 2010 saw the band recruit a fourth member, Terry Nelson (guitar/vocals).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/hooksncrooks06
Jenni HOWITT:  Brightons singer who reached the final of The Falkirk Herald "Voice Of 2008" competition.

HUNTER:  From 2008 with Craig Hannah (drums/vocals/sequencer), Pete Lowrie (bass/vocals), Nick Atkins (guitar) & Roy Hudghton (guitar/vocals).

Rebecca HUTCHINS:  Larbert singer who, at the age 10-years, reached the final of The Falkirk Herald "Voice Of 2008" competition.

I AM STUD:  Three piece formed in December 2007 by Gareth Dick (vocals/guitar, ex-Synergy), Marc Stirling (bass, ex-Synergy) & Scott McGregor (drums, also with Strawberry Fields). Stirling also helped out Alana Mclaren live in 2008, whilst McGregor played with Domestic Supermen.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/iamstud
ICE COLD AND ALEX:  Three piece teenage band formed in 2005 by David Horne (guitar/vocals), Harry Stevenson (bass/vocals) & Scott Young (drums), whilst still at Larbert High School. The band were featured on XFM at the end of 2006. In February 2007 they reached the final of the Falkirk Council run "Rock The Talk" Battle Of The Bands, with a gig held at Glasgow's Barrowlands. Horne & Stevenson also played with The North Country Ramblers, whilst Young helped out Alana McLaren live. Horne later joined The Ray Summers Band, whilst Young played with The Last Saloon.
WEBSITES:  http://www.myspace.com/icecoldandalexonline
ICON 66:  4-piece punk act formed 2007 by Ryan Neish (drums, also Scarlet), Ross Beagley (guitar/vocals), Scott Blackhurst (guitar) & Stephen (bass). In early 2008 they reached the semi-final of the Council run Battle Of The Bands, but their chances were scuppered when Neish managed to get himself thrown out of the venue!. The band then embarked on a run of dates, including one at Big In Falkirk. Stephen then left the band, being replaced by Mikey McIlreavey (bass) as they signed to Death Cap Records. The band released their debut album, "Dreams Aren't Made For Liars" in summer 2008. Later in the year the band starred in a music video made by Kersiebank Community Project. 2009 began with a couple of dates in Glasgow, followed by a date at the Unsigned Festival in Falkirk Town Hall in April. The band then played at Big In Falkirk in May. By 2010 McIlreavey had left the band.
RELEASES:  "Dreams Aren't Made For Liars" (CD album, Death Cap Records, 2008).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/icon66
IDIOTCUT:   4-piece from 2005 with Steven Jack (drums, ex-Adeave), Ross MacIntosh (guitar/vocals), Ross Anderson (vocals/electronics) & Andy Muirhead (bass, also Let's Be Frank). In March 2006 Muirhead was replaced by Bryan Wyse (bass). In 2007 the band recorded a demo at Falkirk College. In August they played at an all-dayer at Pennies, Falkirk. In December 2007, they were handpicked by XFM to compete in the XFM Uploaded competition for that week, and with the song "Drink, Dance, Pull, Rewind." they won and received XFM airplay, and a spot on Jim Gellatly's Your Sound Set for that month. The band decided to continue into 2008, but called it a day in June, with Jack, Anderson & MacIntosh forming Mad For Sadness. In 2009 the three of them reformed Idiotcut, taking a more serious approach. This led to a support with Twin Atlantic, followed by the release of their debut CD, "Picture Imperfect", in 2010. Jack later joined Mono Six.
RELEASES: "Drink. Dance. Pull. Rewind." (CD EP, 2007) & "Picture Imperfect" (CD EP, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/idiotcut
IMMUNE:  Formed 1999 by former Pretty Kamikaze members Michael Thom (vocals/guitar), Michael Thom (vocals/guitar), Paul Deans (bass) & Chris Catley (drums). The band continued into 2009.

IF MUNKI:  If Munki were an act who never got out of studio, featuring Tam Connelly (guitar, also Fiorina), Lee (ex-Jester), Andy MacVicar (vocals/bass, alsoFiorina), Gaz (vocals, alsoFiorina) and Dave Buchanan (drums, ex-FEed), who later joined/formed Age Of Anger.
INDIAN INK:  4-piece formed February 2008 by brothers Elias Collumbine (vocals) & Paul Collumbine (guitar), Barry Smith (bass) & Ali Letham (drums). The band began gigging around Scotland, ending the year with a support to The Complete Stone Roses in Paisley, and continued tom play live into the following year.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/indianinkband

The INHUMAN MASSACRE:  Five piece act from 2007 featuring Niall Holland (guitar), Edam Hammond (drums, also with Civil Liberties), Cameron (bass), Andrew Mitchell (vocals) & Stuart Storrar (guitar). In early 2008 they reached the semi-final of the Council run Battle Of The Bands. A later bass player was Matthew Cassidy. The band split in 2010.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/theinhumanmassacre
The INTERNATIONAL POP ASSASSINS:  The International Pop Assassins started off as ex-Diesel Kings & Sublimes frontman Eddie McKenzie with a host of helping hands. They were Initially put together in 1997 with Greg Drysdale (drums, ex-Martin Stephenson), Alex Irvine (guitar vocals, ex-Strawberry) & Alan Shields (bass, ex-Spank!). Shields proved too untamable, and was replaced by Grant Paterson (bass, ex-Sublimes) in 1998, allowing the band to play a few live dates. The band's first single "Lo-fi Elvis On Acid" was released on vinyl at this time, and was a Steve Lamacq "Single Of The Week", as well as receiving airplay on the John Peel show. The band, however, failed to capitalise on this, disappearing for a few years. In this time Drysdale joined The Blue Rockets, and McKenzie, Irvine & Paterson helped out with The Harbour Road Angels. Irvine later played with Jill Hepburn.  In 2000 McKenzie worked with ex-Bay guitarist Ronnie Young, however the inspiration to continue was not there. Over the next two years he worked with Ross Cunningham (bass / vocals, ex-Moondogs), recording and playing some acoustic shows, until Cunningham formed The Cool Jerks (an act which McKenzie was very briefly a member of right at the start!).

2004 saw the act re-emerge as recording artists, with the release of three season-themed singles, each more ambitious than the last. By this time the band was only McKenzie, helped out in the studio by Ross Cunningham (guitar/bass, also with The Cool Jerks), Greg Drysdale (drums/saxophone/stylaphone, also with Jill Hepburn), Neil Hathaway (violin), Alex Irvine (harmonica), Carlo Madden (trumpet), Les Makin (piano/guitar, ex-Concorde Jams, also with Jill Hepburn), Claire Scougall (vocals) & Jenni Simpson (vocals). These EP's were then compiled into an album, "Three Miles" at the beginning of 2006. The end of the year saw McKenzie work with Drysdale, Makin & Andy Pratt (guitar, ex-Mr Nice) to release an E.P. entitled "Underneath Skin Pages".  2007 saw McKenzie release a long promised album ("PS") recorded entirely on a Playstation, alongside an acoustic single entitled "Songs From The Acoustic Kitchen". The latter also featured Pratt on guitar and organ, who had now become a permanent member of the band. The duo then began work on a punk/dub EP, entitled "Howl", with help from Drysdale & Makin again, which was released in early 2008.  Next on the agenda was a return to live work, with Ross Cunningham (drums, also with The Vesparados) returning, along with Johnny Mack (bass, also with The Vesparados). This line-up made their debut at Rialtos in March 2009, and then played a well received date at the Grangemouth Homecoming festival in the summer. September saw the band release their third album, "Death, Divorce & The Prison Yard", featuring ten tracks, chosen by public vote from a potential eighteen. This time also saw them begin to gig throughout Scotland, building up a strong live reputation.

Live work continued into 2010, however things took a step backwards when Cunningham suffered a cycling injury which forced him to give up drums. At this point Mack decided to step aside and concentrate on his other act, The Underground Jam, allowing Cunningham to move onto the bass. The band then recruited Willie Green (drums, also with Lieutenant Stardust), and continued to record their next album. A return to live work was made in November, after Pratt returned from paternity leave. This line-up lasted for three gigs, after which the band reverted to the previous Cunningham/Mackie/McKenzie/Pratt formation in January 2011. More live dates were undertaken throughout Scotland over the next few months, including the Grangemouth Music Festival and a support with Fife band Val Verde at Fifefest. Towards the end of the year, the band released a new album, "Revolution Tonight", and continued to gig into 2012, including performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals. September 2012 saw the band release a new single, double "A" side "Burning" & "Lifeboats", before apparently giving up live work. The band were nominated for a Scottish Music Award for the album, before V=Cunningham left to form The Tombstone House Band. McKenzie then made the act a studio based band, and began recording with Jason Taylor (drums/guita/bass/keyboards, also with Mosca).  Pratt also worked with The Last Saloon (between 2008 - 2010), whilst Cunningham was a member of Easy Tiger in 2010. Both Cunningham and Pratt were in The Special Guests from 2011 - 2012, with McKenzie joining in 2013.
"Lo-fi Elvis On Acid" (7 inch vinyl, Seminal Records, 1998)
"When She Rains E.P." (Internet single, Songs For Danielle, 1999)
"Spring" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2004)
"Summer" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2004)
"Fall" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2005)
"Three Miles" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2006)
"Underneath Skin Pages" (CD EP, Seminal Records, 2006)
"PS" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2007)
"Songs From The Acoustic Kitchen" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2007)
"Howl (A Blues For The Pop Star)" (CD single, Seminal Records, 2008)
"Death, Divorce & The Prison Yard" (CD album, Seminal Records, 2009)
"Revolution Tonight " (CD Internet album, Seminal Records, 2011)
"Burning/Lifeboats" (CD/internet single, Seminal Records, 2012).
WEBSITE: http://www.myspace.com/internationalpopassassins
I STAND ALONE:  Came to life in the Spring of 2004 with a line-up of Soap (vocals), Iain (guitar/vocals, ex-Intake) Richard Bruce (bass/vocals, ex-Turtlehead) & Robert Francis (drums, ex-Turtlehead). After getting the line-up sorted, the band have been out and about playing anywhere for "juice and crisps".  They released a split 7 inch single with US band Handgun Bravado early in 2006, using two tracks recorded in September. At this time the also recorded their own single, with tracks called 'Scene Bingo', 'Lifetime', "Fully Op". The band was then bolstered by second guitarist Steve Meader (ex-In The Clear), and returned to the studio in September. Meader lasted a short period of time before leaving, and the band then split early in 2007. Francis then put together a new (as yet unamed) band with members of Buzzbomb & 3 Steps Down. This band were unconnected to another local band, Stand Alone.
WEBSITE: http://www.istandalone.co.uk & http://www.myspace.com/xistandalonex
IT'S A GIRL:  Band formed in 2009 by Graeme Simpson (drums, ex-Ever The Optimist), Gordon Miller (guitar, ex-Ever The Optimist) , Scott Aitken (guitar, ex-Mad For Sadness), Andrew Laurenson (bass, ex-Ever The Optimist) & Dean McFarlane (vocals). The band, who were named for their original female vocalist, continued into 2011, before changing their name to A Balcony Scene.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/itsagirlband

JACK BUTLER:  Falkirk/Alloa/Stirling based band formed in 2005 and featuring Denny drummer Greg Moodie, alongside Liam Kelly (vocals/guitar), Chris Lowdon (guitar), Allan Conry (bass/vocals). When Jack Butler released their debut single, "Velvet Prose", which won great acclaim from press and radio, reaching the Official UK Independent chart top 30. With their second offering, "Boy Vs Beast", the band upped the ante, with comparisons to Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand. Their debut album was recorded in 2007, and is currently being mixed by Mark Freegard (Manic Street Preachers, Pete Townshend, The Breeders, Erasure) The album also features a track with Mick Cook from Belle and Sebastian playing trumpet. After successful performances at T in the Park in 2006 and the Connect Festival in 2007, the band are due to appear at "T on the Fringe" and the Belladrum Festival in summer2008.
In August 2011, they played at the Dennycassim Festival.
RELEASES: "Velvet Prose" (CD single) & "Boy vs Beast" (CD single).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/jackbutlerpresents
Jay JACKSON:  Solo performer from the mid-2000's, born Colin Jackson and previously a member of Dutch.

JAM PACT:  Jam tribute formed in 2004 by Ross Cunningham (drums), Dougie Mackie (bass/vocals) & John Mackie (vocals/guitar), all ex-The Cool Jerks. Noticing that Jam cover versions went down particularly well, they put together a set of the Mod trio's best songs and began gigging around Scotland into 2007.
JOHNNY & THE GIROS:  Banknock/Dennyloanhead act formed in March 2008 by Olburn (vocals), John Keith (guitar, ex-In It For The Money), Al Mullen (guitar), Gaz Neill (bass) & Graeme Bell (drums, ex-Time For A Change). Olburn left in July, and the band debuted live the following month with two new members, Mikey O'Donnell (vocals) & Andy Butler (keyboards/guitar). The band recorded a couple of tracks in Glasgow in October before Bell then left the band in December. Further dates were played in 2009, including one at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival in summer, with new drummer Scott Forsyth (Bell went on to play with Echofela) and they recruited manager Fiona Keane. 2010 saw the band release their debut EP, "Johnny & The Giros", whilst continuing live dates, including one on board "The Maid Of The Loch" at Loch Lomond. In August 2011, they played at the Dennycassim Festival. Forsyth went on to form The Button Men.
RELEASES:  "Johnny & The Giros" (CD EP, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/johnnyandthegiros
JOJOCOKE:  Bo'ness based blues and rock act formed in 2000 by Colin Baxter (guitar/vocals/saxophone), Chris Coyle (bass/vocals), John McGregor (drums) & John Murray (vocals/guitar). They play classic rock, or in their own words "the songs most other bands wouldn't touch. Songs like 'No One Knows' (Queens Of The Stone Age), 'Freebird' (Lynyrd Skynyrd) or 'Money' (Pink Floyd)". The band have continued to play until 2006, including a onthly residency at Whistlebinkies in Edinburgh.
WEBSITE:  http://www.jojocoke.com

Chris JUDGE:  A former member of boy band Skam, Grangemouth based Judge released his debut solo single, a version of "Hey Jude", in 1997. A second single was released in 1998 on the Contempo label, at the same time as he appeared on Barrymore's "My Kind Of People".In 2000 Judge appeared at "T In The Park" as part of Lulu's backing band, and then returned to solo work the following year under the name CJ, with a single version of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing". Judge then retreated to cabaret around the district, returning to note again when he supported Lena Martell at a church benefit in 2006. Later in the year he was one of the judges at the Falkirk Herald Voice Of The Year competition, a competition which he has continued to work closely with.2008 saw him working on the Children In Need "We Have A Dream" single which reached number 1 in Scotland. Judge is now a soloist with the Gospel Truth Choir, and sang backing on B.A. Robertson's Father's Day single, "The Living Years" in 2009, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London. He also sang backing on a couple of future releases by John Fratelli. Chris also runs his own voice coaching company, Voice Jam.
"Hey Jude" (CD single, 1997)
"I Can Love You Like That" (CD single, Contempo Records, 1998)
"Sexual Healing" (CD single, 2001)
JUMP SCHOOL:  Three piece guitar based act from 2005, who played original material at songwriter night "Acoustic Kitchen".

KALAMAZOO:  Three piece act formed by Andy Taylor (vocals/guitar), Justin Davidson (drums) & Calum Neil (bass/vocals) in 1996, who started playing live the following year. In 1997 they played at "The Event In The Tent" in Grangemouth. Having their own studio (Homegrown, run by Taylor) has allowed the band to record several CD releases since 1999. Taylor also helped out The Harbour Road Angels in 2002. May 2004 saw the band being featured on Vic Galloway's BBC radio show. The band were still playing in 2005, including a date at the "Way To Blue" festival in October. The band began 2008 with a date at the closing night of Grubowski's. In 2010 Taylor & Neil formed Thee Zu.
"Heaven Mental Fantasy" (CD single, 1999)
"Distraction" (CD mini-album, 2000)
"23" (CD album, 2001)
"Bloodletting" (CD mini-album, 2004).
WEBSITE:  http://www.zoosound.co.uk/
KEG:  Falkirk rock band from 2007 with Ryan Neish (drums), Ray McArthur (bass/vocals) & Stuart Laing (guitar/vocals). In May 2007 they played at "Big In Falkirk" in Callendar Park, before splitting at the end of the year. Neish & Laing also played in the band Scarlet. The trio were later re-united in This Way Down. 

KID AVERAGE:  Falkirk based punk band formed in 2004 by Anthony Macpherson (vocals), Michael Weir (guitar), George Struthers (guitar), Adam Morley (bass) & Grant Robertson (drums). In 2005 they supported Raising Kain at Falkirk Town Hall.

KING CRAZY:  Four piece Stenhousemuir act formed in 2008 by Craig Alston (bass/vocals, ex-Valentines), Craig Turnbull (vocals/guitar, also with The Valentines), Jon Clelland (guitar) & James Gibson (drums). The band were named after the nickname of their drummer, and debuted live in November 2008. Alston, Turnbull & Gibson then formed The Flares in 2009.
KING CREOSOTE:  Fife based act which is more or less Kenny Anderson (vocals / guitar / etc.) who had been going for years, however in 2006 he took on board Falkirk drummer Gavin Brown (of On The Fly) for live work. Brown then stayed with the band in 2007, playing on their album "Now Drop Your Bombshell", as well as supporting K.T. Tunstall & Squeeze on tour, and appearing on "Later With Jools Holland".
The band continued to play, whilst in 2010 frontman King Creosote played in The Burns Unit.
"Now Drop Your Bombshell" (CD album, 2007)
"Flick Then Vs" (CD album, Domino Records, 2009).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/kingcreosote

KOLLISION:  Bo'ness based metal band from 2007.

KOROBAS:  Act who made their debut at Grubowski's new band night in 2005.

The KRIMSON:  Formed 2006 by ex-Mr Moja members Stevie Thomson (vocals/guitar), Colin Dickson (bass) & Scott Greig (drums). Influenced by Cream, Led Zeppelin & Rush, the band recorded their debut album, "Stone Cold Heart" in their own studio at the end of that year. Earlier in the year the band had a track included on an indie compilation album, and received airplay in Australia and Chile. In 2007 Dickson left, but the band recruited Graeme Slater (keyboards). 2008 saw Scott Munro (bass) join, whilst Slater left. In 2009 they played at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, and then continued to gig sporadically into 2010.
RELEASES:  "Stone Cold Heart" (CD album, Matchbox Records, 2006)
WEBSITES:  http://www.thekrimson.com & http://www.myspace.com/thekrimson
Dave LA MANCHOT:  Accoustic duo formed 2006 with Adam Donaldson (guitar/vocals, ex-Adeave) & Davide Birse (guitar/vocals). The act continued to play into 2008, after which Donaldson formed The Mysticisms.
RELEASES:  "Monsters & Pillows" (CD EP, 2008).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/lamanchotmusic
LAMEN'S TERMS:  A Falkirk/Fife duo consisting of Sarah Monteith (vocals) and Stevie Calder (guitar, ex-Restless Natives). The duo started jamming after meeting at a gig in Jacks where Calder was doing the P.A, They jammed for a while on and off with covers whilst Calder was busy with The Restless Natives, and did a couple of gigs for friends. After recordeding a demo in February 2007, and some more gigs, Restless Natives disbanding in May, and the duo started taking things seriously. An E.P.."`The Starting Point" was recorded at Click Audio in Alloa with Comedian David Kay. Gigging continued into 2009, with the hundred mark reached by the end of 2008. A date was played at Big In Falkirk in May 2009. The band continued their busy schedule into 2010, including a date at the Grangemouth Festival in May. 2010 also saw the band release their third single, "Same Situation", and play some dates in Austria, before splitting. Monteith then went on to form The Waitawhiles, whilst Calder joined Joe Viterbo.
"The Starting Point" (CD EP, 2007)
"Time Is Running Out" (Internet single, 2008)
"The Same Situation" (Internet single, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://myspace.com/lamenstermsband

LAST CALL:  Young rock act from 2007 hailing from Denny.

The LAST SALOON:  4-piece put together in 2008 by Ross Fairweather (vocals/guitar), featuring Andy Pratt (guitar, also with The International Pop Assassins), Johnny Forrester (bass) & Scott Young (drums, ex-Ice Cold And Alex). The band made their live debut at Rialto's, Falkirk, in November. Early 2009 saw the band recording their debut EP, whilst playing a date at King Tut's Wah Wah hut, Glasgow. More live work followed in the next couple of months, including a date at Big In Falkirk in May. That month, they recorded a second EP at Homegrown Studios, this time featuring Alana McLernon on guest backing vocals. Autumn 2009 saw them recruiting Martin Lamont (keyboards), and continue to play into 2010. Summer saw the band taking a short break, before emerging again in Autumn with Dan Adams (guitar, ex-Doledrums) helping out in place of a Pratt. Adams was later to join Davy Horne & The Golden Pipes, whilst Forrester joined The Special Guests.
RELEASES:  "The Last Saloon" (CD EP, 2009).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/thelastsaloon

LAS TUESDAY:  Four piece Grangemouth rock/blues act fromed in June 2007 by Allan Gilchrist (vocals/guitar, ex-Akolayd), Colin Low (guitar/vocals), Jon Shaw (bass/vocals, possibly ex-Seventeenth) and Lee Waugh (drums). The band then played their debut gig in September. In 2009 they played at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival, which they returned to in 2010.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/welcometolastuesday
The LEADS:  5-piece Denny band formed 2006 by Gary Hornsby (guitar/vocals), David Maley (bass/vocals), Stuart Taylor (guitar) & Paul Donaldson (drums). In October they recruited David Brown (vocals), and began gigging straight away. By the end of 2007 they had supported The Stone Roses Experience at the Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, however Donaldson left in July for personal reasons, to be replaced by John Marshall (drums). Gigs were then continued into 2008, when the band supported The Bluetones in Stirling. The band took on Diane Stephenson as manager towards the end of the year, and competed in the final of the Global Battle of the Bands at La Scala, London, in December. Live work was continued into 2009, with a short German tour completed in April, followed by a date at Grangemouth Homecoming in June. The band were busy during the summer, with dates at The Cavern, Liverpool, as well as supporting The Ray Summers and From The Jam in Scotland. The band also found time to release their debut single, "Becher's Brook: A Runners Guide". The band continued to play live into 2010, however in 2011 they changed their name to Bunga Party. Maley's brother played in the band Harmony Row.
RELEASES:  "Becher's Brook: A Runners Guide" (CD single, 2009)
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/theleadsboys

LED ASTRAY:  Led Zeppelin tribute formed in 2006 by Bo'ness resident Fraser Murray (drums) along with Ian Burns (vocals), Neil Humphrey (guitar) & Ali McBride (bass). In 2007 they played at Murrayfield Stadium, along with Bjorn Again. The 2015 line-up is Ian Burns (vocals/harmonica), Neil Humphrey (guitar), Alistair McBride (bass/keyboards) & Fraser Murray (drums).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/ledastrayuk

LEGIONNAIRE:  Formed by ex-Grease Monkeys Fraser Sanaghan (guitar/vocals) & David Watson (drums/vocals) in 2004, who recruited Seoridh Fraser (vocals/bass) to complete their line-up. Sanaghan's training at SAE Glasgow came in handy, allowing the band to record a decent sounding demo. At the end of 2005 they advertised for a vocalist, and then started playing live again in early 2006. In June 2006 the band announced that they had split, however all three went on to form lions.chase.tigers the following year.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/legionnairemusic
LET'S BE FRANK:  Indie/rock band formed 2006 by Sean Castell (drums, ex-Licorice Spandex) and Jonathan Law (guitar) and by recruiting Thomas McGregor (bass/vocals, ex-Licorice Spandex) and Gareth Dick (guitar, ex-Rehab). Almost immediatly they began the search for a vocalist. Dick & Castell then left to form The End Of Never and the band searched for replacements. These were recruited in the form of Emma Philbin (vocals) & Gavin Scott (drums). Other ex-members included Andrew Muirhead (also of Idiotcut) & Kirsty Dewar. The band changed their name to Stop The Sunrise sometime that year.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/letsbefrank06

LICORICE SPANDEX:  Four piece Falkirk band who recorded a demo at Homegrown Studios in 2005 as their prize in winning the Braes High "Battle Of The Bands". Sean Castell (drums) and Thomas Mcgregor (bass) went on to form Let's Be Frank at the beginning of 2006.

LIBERTY CAP:  Three piece act formed in 208 by Neil Braidwood (vocals), Stuart Williamson (guitar) & Stewart Condie (bass), all three of whom had been called Peyote earlier in the year.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/libertcapmusic
LIEUTENANT STARDUST:  Good time 70's covers band, formed by Craig Cowan (guitar, ex-Run Riot) & Peter Stardust (vocals) on a train journey after a Status Quo & Suzi Quatro concert in 1992. The original line-up was Cowan (as Jimi Rocket), Stardust, Mr X, Les Vegas & Dak Wizzard, and they played their first date in November 1992. When Mr X left they continued as a four piece until Chuck DeBurdsff joined. In late 1995 David Walker (drums, also with Numb, under the name Boaby Holder) filled in for Wizzard who had broken his collar bone. Vegas & Wizzard also made appearances playing bass for Spiderbaby & Waash!, whilst Vegas, Wizzard & DeBurdsff also played with NU2. An ever changing line-up over the years have played with alarming regularity ever since, despite a lay off in 2001, and later idiots with Cowan are Willie Green (Boaby Rash) (drums, ex-Little Green Apples), Bill (Peter Stardust) (vocals), Chad Fever (bass) & Sylvester Kant (guitar). Kant left in 2005 and was replaced by Dickie Decibel, whilst Cowan left in 2006, turning up as solo performer, Jimi Rocket ijn 2009. The band continued on into 2009, when Chad Fever left to be replaced by the returning Les Vegas (bass). They played at the Grangemouth Homecoming Festival in summer, which co-incided with the band releasing a track on a Behind The Wall sponsored EP supporting Falkirk Football Club in their European campaign.The band continued their live assault into 2010, including a gig at the Grangemouth Festival in May. Meanwhile Green also began playing drums with The International Pop Assassins. They played into 2012, with performances at the Grangemouth & Falkirk Bandstand Festivals.
RELEASES: "We Are The Bairns" (CD single, 2009).
WEBSITE:  http://www.ltstardust.co.uk/

lions.chase.tigers:  Formed in 2007 by Seoridh Fraser (bass/vocals, ex-Legionnaire), Ian Thomson (vocals/ guitar, ex-Zero Is One), David Watson (drums/vocals, ex-Legionnaire) & Fraser Sanaghan (guitar/vocals, ex-Legionnaire). The band have a wide range of influences, including Aereogramme, Pink Floyd, Brand New, The Flaming Lips, Jeff Buckley, Union Of Knives, Aphex Twin, Weezer, Sixstarhotel, Explosions in the Sky & Hope of the States. They began playing live in September, undertaking a busy schedule until the end of that year. 2008 began with more live work, which continued into 2009.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/lionschasetigers

Willie LOGAN:  Fife based blues guitarist whose 2005 band featured local musicians Bert Craig (drums) & Alan Leckie (keyboards, ex-Rhythm Method). Craig later played with Dru Baker.
LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING:  Young Denny band formed 2003 by Richard Gallagher (bass), James "Midget" Scott (vocals), Alan Pringle (guitar) & Andrew Brodie (drums). They appeared in the Falkirk Herald that year asking for a drum kit for Brodie. In early 2006 Gallagher, Scott & Pringle decided to "re-group" the band and begin acting serious about writing material. They recruited Glen Gardiner (drums, ex-Adeave) and began playing regularly at jam nights at Grubowski's in Larbert & the Tavern in Grangemouth. In August 2007 the band played an all-dayer at Pennies, Falkirk. Gardiner also played with Soundcradle. The band began 2008 with a gig at Grubowski's closing night, whilst Scott entered the Falkirk Herald's "Voice of 2008".  In Summer they gigged at Stirling's Tollbooth & in 2009 worked on their second single and gigged into 2010.
RELEASES:  "Play Dead / Stay Alive" (Single).
WEBSITE:  www.myspace.com/officiallcbd.

LOST AND FOUND:  Five piece act formed by Alan Mclaughlin (vocals/trumpet), Craig Turnbull (guitar, ex-Mark II, also with The Valentines), Andrew Dixon (guitar, also with The Valentines), Craig Alston (keyboards bass, ex-Mark II) & Graeme Simpson (drums). Simpson later formed allsystemsGO, whilst Alston joined The Valentines and McLaughlin joined Sentinal.
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/lostfound1
The LOST ART:  Local act from 2005.

LOST CAUSE:  Something of a punk superband, formed in 2005 by members of other local bands, with Neil Braidwood (guitar, from Spitroast), Steven "Mario" Wisniewski (bass, ex-Declined), Hoogz (drums, with Distorted Mind) and Josie (vocals). They made their debut supporting Uncle Brian at Jacks Bar at the end of that summer. Hoogz left in the Autumn to live in Ayrshire, and the band advertised for a new drummer. Wisnieswki then formed an unamed as yet pop/punk/ska/rock band with David Blair (of 12 Pointless Days) & Craig Hayworth (ex-Declined), whilst Braidwood eventually formed Peyote.

LOST CITY LIGHTS:  Glaswegian band formed in early 2008 and featuring Falkirk musicians Mark Sinclair (guitar, ex-Croma) and John Paul Fox (guitar). The rest of the band was Scott McWatt (vocals), Paul Pettit (bass) & Paul McKendrick (drums). 2009 saw the band release their debut single, "We Own The Night", as well as support Funeral For A Friend. This was followed up by a second single, "Radio Superman" in 2010.
RELEASES: "We Own The Night" (single, 2009) & "Radio Superman " (single, 2010).
WEBSITE:  http://myspace.com/lostcitylights
LOUISE AGAINST THE ELEMENTS:  2008 5-piecce with former Falkirk Herlad Voice of 2006 finalist Louise Hendry (vocals, ex-Captain Howdie), along with Stephen Merrick (guitar), Denis Brogan (keyboards), David Brogan (bass) & Tim Gray (drums). In 2009 they reached the area finals of Live & Unsigned.

LOVE OVER GOLD:  Band formed in 2007 by a name change from The Electric Mafia. Members weer George Fyfe (drums), Ross Imlach (bass), Euan Steel (vocals/guitar) & Bobby Osborne (guitar/vocals). Steel left after a couple of rehearsals, and the other three played Big In Falkirk in May 2009. In February 2010 the band reached the final of the council run Rock Project Battle Of The Bands. Osborne later formed Kung Fu Academy.

The LUCKY DOGS:  Four piece formed in 2008 by ex-Roseland members Stephen Myles (guitar/harmonica), Alex Paterson (vocals) & John Barrie (drums), along with Dutch guitarist Alan Stewart. After searching for a bass player, they recruited Stephen McIlwaine and changed their name to The Craws.
LUCKY PIERRE:  Lucky Pierre is Arab Strap vocalist Aiden Moffat working solo. In 2000 he released some singles on his own Lucky label then signed to Melodic for his debut album in 2002. Christmas 2002 saw him release a secret single, with no promotion or information provided. In fact it was only word of mouth that it was even a Lucky Pierre release. 2005 saw the release of a second album, "Touchpool". With the demise of Arab Strap in 2006, Moffat was able to concentrate on Lucky Pierre (by now called L. Pierre), and released his third album, "Dip", featuring a more stripped down sound made by Alan Barr (cello), Stevie Jones (double bass) and Allan Wylie (trumpet), complementing Moffat on drums, keyboards, percussion and harmonium. 2007 also saw Moffat contribute to a music/literature album entitled "The Ballad Of The Books", which he did under his own name. Moffat then formed a new band called The Best Ofs.
"Pierre's Final Thought" (7 inch single, Lucky Records, 2000)
"Blank For Your Own Message" (12 inch single, Lucky Records, 2000)
"Angles On Your Body" (7 inch single, Melodic Records, 2002)
"Hypnogogia" (CD album, Melodic Records, 2002)
"Darth Bastard" / "Humbug" (7 inch single, Melodic Records, 2002)
"Touchpool" (CD album, Melodic Records, 2005)
"Dip" (CD album, Melodic Records, 2007)
GUEST APPEARANCE: "The Ballad Of The Books" (CD album, various artists featuring Aiden Moffat, 2007)
WEBSITE:  http://www.arabstrap.co.uk

LUCKY STRIKES:  A punk band formed in late 2004 by Ando (vocals/guitar, and the son of John Anderson of local band Boo Radley), Kenny Johnston (guitar/vocals), Antonio (bass) & Graham (drums). The band started by playing various parties, but have now played a few pub gigs, including supporting locally popular metal-heads SPM at Jack's Bar in Falkirk, Battle of the Bands, and various gigs in Bo'ness and Dunfermline. Their sound combines the melody of pop punk outfits like Greenday and New Found Glory, the raw energy of The Sex Pistols and The M.C.5, with a lyrical inventiveness not often seen in punk. In October 2005 they released their debut self-titled EP. In 2006 the band took time out, replacing Antonio with Dave (bass). Early in 2007 the band parted company with Ando, and continued as a three piece. The band returned in 2007 with a gig at an all-dayer at Pennies in Falkirk.
RELEASES:  "Lucky Strikes" (CD EP, 2005).
WEBSITE:  http://www.myspace.com/lucky-strikes
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