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FAMOUS ACTS WHO PLAYED FALKIRK

"No one decent ever plays Falkirk" everyone says.  Oh yeah?
Over the years many famous acts appeared in local venues!

Here are just a "few of them":

1950's
  • Gene Vincent: Original leather-clad limping rocker played at The Dobbie Hall, Larbert, though this may have been in the 1960's.
  • Marty Wilde: Kim's dad played the Dobbie Hall, Larbet.
  • The Kenny McIntosh Band: Big band played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • The Squadronaires: Big band formed by the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • Kenny Ball's Jazzmen: Legendary British jazz musician brought his band to the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • Sid Phillips: Singer brought his band to the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • Geraldo: Big band led by the composer of the start up music for STV, played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • Nat Gonella: British jazz singer and his band played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • Johnny Dankworth: World famous British jazz band featuring vocalist Cleo Laine played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
  • The Joe Loss Band: Big band featuring vocalists Tony Ventro, Allan Jones, Larry Gretton, Ross Brennan & Ross McManus (the dad of Elvis Costello!) played at the Ice Rink, Falkirk.
1963
  • Bert Jansch: Legendary folk guitarist played at the Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Corrie Folk Trio: Soon to be Corries played at Falkirk Folk Club.
1964
  • The Corrie Folk Trio: Soon to be The Corries played at Falkirk Town Hall twice.
  • The Clayton Squares: Liverpudlian Decca recording artists played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Tokens: Rated Liverpool band played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Earl Royce & The Olympics: Top Liverpool soul band played at Grangemouth Town Hall, La Bamba twice, and the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Little Eva: First lady of ska played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Heinz & The Wild Boys: Blond teen star, puppet of Joe Meek, played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Alex Harvey & His Soul Band: Future star played at La Bamba with his soul revue.
  • The Boston Dexters: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Dean Ford & The Gaylords: Future chart hits, Marmalade, played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1965
  • The Corrie Folk Trio: Soon to be The Corries played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Kenny Ball Jazz Band: British jazz legend played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Beatstalkers: Rated Scottish act, never broke through, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Pretty Things: R&B band were due to play at Falkirk Town Hall, but had to cancel when singer Phil May's mother died.
  • The Applejacks: Played at Club Tomay, Brightons.
  • The Nashville Teens: Were due to play at Club Tomay, Brightons, but cancelled at the last minute.
  • Dean Ford & The Gaylords: Soon to be chart act Marmalade, they played at Club Tomay, Brightons & La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Poets: Rated Scottish act under the control of Andrew Loog Oldham, played at La Bamba, Falkirk, and Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Ian Campbell Folk Group: Top British folk act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
1966
  • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: At the peak of their popularity when they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Brian Poole & The Tremeloes: Poole was soon to leave, but before then they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Them: Van Morrison led Irish R&B band played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • The Poets: Rated Scottish act under the control of Andrew Loog Oldham played at Grangemouth Town Hall, Falkirk Town Hall & La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Chris McLure: Future cabaret star Christian, brought his band to Club Tomay, Brightons.
  • Manfred Mann: Played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbet with original frontman Paul Jones. They were boo-ed at and had pennies thrown at them as their sound system wasn`t working at first. Jones did cartwheels across the stage at one point until they sorted it out.
  • The Fortunes: Played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Alexander Brothers: Eternal Scottish brothers played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Pathfinders: Top Scottish act, featuring future Trash members, played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Alex Harvey & His Soul Band: Future star played at La Bamba with his soul revue.
  • The Small Faces: Top mod act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders: Played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Dean Ford & The Gaylords: Soon to be chart hits, Marmalade, they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Unit 4 + 2: At the end of their chart run, this act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Ivy League: After the hits, but a year before becoming The Flowerpot Men, they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Chris Farlowe: At the peak of his chart career with "Out Of Time" when he played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Searchers: Merseybeat act at the end of their chart career when they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Troggs: Crop circle loving act played at The Dobbie Hall, Larbert, and were apparently great. It was the first time the town had seen anyone using a double bass drum set up!
  • Dave Berry: Back in the charts with "Mama" when he played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Crispian St. Peters: Played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Merseys: Former Merseybeats, hit the chart with "Sorrow" just before they played at Falkirk Town Hall. 
  • Neil Christian & The Crusaders: Almost made it act, featuring Richie Blackmore on guitar, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Marmalade: New Scottish act, not yet successful, played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • 1-2-3: Top unsigned Scottish act, soon to become Clouds, played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1967
  • Cat Stevens: Solo star played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert
  • The Beatstalkers: Rated Scottish act played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert & the Bond Beat Club, Bo'ness.
  • The Alexander Brothers: Scottish tartan duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Corries: Folk duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Billie Davies: London based female singer played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Bay City Rollers: Future teen-stars played at the Bowhouse Community Centre, Grangemouth and La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • 1-2-3: Rated Scottish act played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Studio Six: Rated Scottish act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Scots Of St James: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Peter & Gordon: Jane Asher's brother and his partner played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Pathfinders: Top Scottish act, featuring future Trash members, played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Poets: Andrew Loog Oldham discovered Scottish act played at Sloopy's, Bo'ness, the La Bamba, Falkirk, and The Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Marmalade: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Chris McLure Section: Future cabaret star Christian, brought his band to Sloopy's, Bo'ness.
  • The House Of Lords: Rated act played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk. 
  • The Jury: Rated act played at the Bowhouse Community Centre, Grangemouth, and La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Matt McGinn: Legendary Scottish folk singer songwriter played at La Bamba, Falkirk
  • The Dream Police: Future Average White Band and Alex Harvey Band members played four times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1968
  • Sock It To 'Em, J.B.: Soul revue played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Clouds: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The House Of Lords: Rated act played three times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Scots Of St James: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Pathfinders: Top Scottish act, featuring future Trash members, played at La Bamba, Falkirk, Club Tomay, Brightons, and twice at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Dream Police: Future Average White Band and Alex Harvey Band members played eight times at La Bamba, Falkirk, and once at the Cabin, Denny and the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Jury: Rated Scottish act played three times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Poets: Rated Scotish act played three times at La Bamba, Falkirk, and once at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert, and Club Tomay, Polmont.
  • Love Affair: Chart act played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Stoics: Rated Scottish act played five times at La Bamba, Falkirk, and twice at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • The Tremeloes: Past it 1960's act, but still having hits when they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert and Club Tomay, Brightons.
  • Matt McGinn: Legendary Scottish folk singer songwriter played at the Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Move: Roy Wood led act in the middle of a run of several big hits when they played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band: Soul revue, sang about by Dexy's Midnight Runners a decade later, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Ewan McColl & Peggy Seegar: Legendary folk duo (he wrote "Dirty Old Town" & "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", and was the father of Kirsty McColl, she was the half-sister of Pete Seegar, and a legend in American folk circles!) played twice at Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Bay City Rollers: Long before "Rollermania", the Rollers played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk, and once at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert and Club Tomay, Brightons.
  • Writing On The Wall: Rated Scottish band played three times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Legendary soul act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Marmalade: Up and coming Scottish act, soon to hit the top with "Ob-La-Di" played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick: Folk duo played played at Falkirk Folk Club. Swarbrick joined Fairport Convention the following year.
  • Ashton, Gardner & Dyke: Newly formed trio who had previously backed George Harrison on his "Wonderwall" soundtrack, played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Hamish Imlach: Scottish folk singer played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Barbara Dickson: Future star of TV was a folk singer when she played at Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Gods: London blues act with future members of Uriah Heep played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Corries: Scottish folk played twice at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Hopscotch: Future Average White Band members played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1969
  • The Pathfinders: Glasgwegian band featuring vocalist Ian Clews played the La Bamba, Falkirk, but never made it into the big time. They had a bit of a break when they changed their name to White Trash and then Trash and went to London and had a couple of 45`s in the lower section of the charts.
  • The Boys Of The Lough: Scottish folk act played at Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Humblebums: Billy Connelly led folk duo played at Falkirk Folk Club.
  • The Stoics: Rated Scottish act played five times at La Bamba, Falkirk, and once at Falkirk Town Hall, supporting Love Affair.
  • Trash: Future Stone The Crows & Blue members played twice at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Jethro Tull: Played a few times at the La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Matt McGinn: Legendary Scottish folk singer songwriter played at the Falkirk Town Hall. 
  • Love Affair: Played twice at Falkirk Town Hall, and there was apparently a pretty wild part at the Metropolitan Hotel after one of the dates.
  • The Corries: Folk duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Legendary soul act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Poets: Rated Scottish act at their end when they played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Ewan McColl & Peggy Seegar: Legendary folk duo (he wrote "Dirty Old Town" & "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", and was the father of Kirsty McColl, she was the half-sister of Pete Seegar, and a legend in American folk circles!) returned to Falkirk Folk Club.
  • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: Sixties has-beens played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Sydney Devine: Wonderfully terrible Scottish country singer played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Dave Dee: Sixties star, past it by the time he played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Guy Mitchell: Legendary American singer spent some time living in Central Scotland when he was at his most alcoholic, and played a date at some social club in Carronshore. Apparently he was taken offstage because the audience was too rowdy, and then gave a private concert in the bar afterwards for the bar staff.
  • Writing On The Wall: Rated Scottish act played four times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Dream Police: Future Average White Band and Alex Harvey Band members played five times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Sleaze Band: Played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Corries: Top Scottish folk act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The New Seekers: Played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Idle Race: Reckoned by Kenny Everett to be only second to The Beatles, played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Hank Locklin: Country star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Slade: Played at the La Bamba, Falkirk just after they went "skinhead" and started to get recognition.
  • The Bay City Rollers: Before they were famous, played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Clouds: Played at Falkirk College Of Technology.
  • Tear Gas: Former Dream Police and future Alex Harvey Band members played four times at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1970
  • Marsha Hunt: Was a soul singer who has a daughter to Mick Jagger, and played at the La Bamba, Falkirk. She had a big hit with a song called "Walk On Guilded Splinters" written by Dr John. She was pretty far out for Falkirk at the time.
  • The Sleaze Band: Returned to La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Bay City Rollers: Were picking up a large Scottish following when they played La Bamba, Falkirk, then returned to the Bowhouse Hotel, Grangemouth and the Town Hall later in the year.
  • Trash: Future Stone The Crows & Blue members played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • Barbara Dickson: Fife folkster played at a Falkirk Folk Club night at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Rab Noakes: Future folk star played at a Falkirk Folk Club night at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Guy Mitchell: Still slumming it in Scotland when he played at Doak's Ballroom, Falkirk.
  • The Dream Police: Future Average White Band members returned twice to La Bamba, Falkirk.
  • The Corries: Folk stars played twice at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex: Were meant to play at Falkirk Town Hall, but the gig was cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. Within months they were huge.
  • Tam White: Played at Callander Park, Falkirk, at one of a series of free summer concerts.
  • Forever More: Future Average White Band played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Mogul Thrash: Future Average White Band, Roxy Music & Family members played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Nazareth: Rising Fife rockers played at La Bamba, Falkirk.
1971
  • Jackson Heights: Fronted by ex-Nice member "Python" Lee Jackson, this act played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • Beggar's Opera: Rising Scottish rock act played at Banknock Community Centre.
  • The Groundhogs: Played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • Man: Welsh rock act played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • The Corries: Folk stars played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Tear Gas: Future Alex Harvey Band members played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • Nazareth: Fife rockers played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • Cochise: Played at Falkirk Town Hall on a sunday afternoon as part of the Council run "Pop Proms".
  • Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon: Played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The JSD Band: Played at the Falkirk Arts Theatre.
  • Medicinehead: English prog rock played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Sleaze Band: Scottish act returned to the area, playing at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Northwind: Tipped band played at Callendar Park, Falkirk, and the Falkirk Arts Centre.
  • Tear Gas: Future members of Alex Harvey's band played at Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Ears: Band featuring legend Linnie Paterson played at Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Sha Na Na: Rock'n'roll revivalists, and the band in "Grease" at the Prom, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Uriah Heep: English rock act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Poets: Almost made it Scottish act from the 1960's played in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • The Beserk Crocodiles: Ex-Dream Police and future Average White Band played at Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Writing On The Wall: Scottish rock act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Chris McLure Section: Scottish band fronted by future cabaret and panto legend Christian, played in Callendar Park, Falkirk
  • Steamhammer: English rock act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Viv Stanshall: Former Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band frontman played at Falkirk Arts Centre twice.
  • Mike Hurst: Liverpudlian legend played at Falkirk Arts Centre.
  • The Corries: Scottish folk duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Roy Young: Legendary musician played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Brinsley Schwartz: Band featuring Nick Lowe played at Falkirk Town Hall.
1972
  • Glencoe: Up and coming act featuring future Ian Dury & The Blockheads members, played at Falkirk Arts Theatre.
  • The Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Played the hits of Glen Miller at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Acker Bilk: Bowler hat wearing jazz legend played at Falkirk Ice Rnk.
  • Slade: At the height of their success, Slade returned to the area, playing at Callendar Park, Falkirk (entry was 25 pence!). John Leishman says of that day: "During that gig the Estate was packed with hippies all groovin' (as they say) and lots of families and their kids picnicing. There were quite a few support bands on the bill whose names slip my mind, as I was pretty stoned / tripped out at the time (as were a lot of others!). I do remember it was a beautiful hot sunny day, lots of people swimming in the lake and little groups dressed in kaftans and multi coloured patched Levi`s all over the Estate smoking and rolling joints, dancing, and spreading the "love and peace" philosophy. Some played acoustic guitars, mouth organs and tablas, and sang James Taylor, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash songs. There was a bit of a scuffle at the stage area early on when "Hell`s Angels" arrived. As usual they took it on themselves to be security, causing a bit of trouble between them and the official hired security. My brother Duncan was a member of the official security and after a bit of a fracas they managed to sort it out. Apart from that it was a great day, the music was "far out, man", and as usual Slade did the business."
  • The Sleaz Band: Tipped Scottish act supported Slade in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Nazareth: Dunfermline rock act, about to break through when they supported Slade in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Bodkin: Rated Scottish band played in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Mungo Jerry: Jug band hit-makers played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Writing On The Wall: London based Scottish band played in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • The JSD Band: Folk influenced band played at the Falkirk Arts Theatre, and in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen: Seminal UK jazz act played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Beck Bogart Appice: Jeff Beck's "supergroup" played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium. Someone remembers Beck taking off his jacket whilst still playing guitar!
  • Status Quo: Former psychedelic act had just re-invented themselves as denim rockers when they played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Lindesfarne: Northumberland based folk influenced act played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Uriah Heep: Played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Steeleye Span: Folk act played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Billy Connolly: Connolly was a young up and coming comedian when he played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • The Everley Brothers: Argueing brothers, drunk as hell and likely to hit you, played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Beggar's Opera: Former Scottish band played at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • The Chris McLure Section: Scottish band fronted by future cabaret and panto legend Christian propped up the bill at a festival at Grangemouth Stadium.
  • Salvation: Soon to be called Slick, and topping the charts with frontman Midge Ure, this act played in Callendar Park, Falkirk and at Doak's Ballroom, Falkirk.
  • Dave Dee: Sixties hitmaker played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Shakin' Stevens: Future Welsh Elvis played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Corries: Scottish folk duo played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Bilbo Baggins: Tipped Scottish act played at Falkirk Technical College.
  • The Equals: Past their best act played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Middle Of The Road: Does-what-it-says-on-the-tin act played at Grangemouth Town Hall, in an evening hosted by comic genius Chic Murray.
1973
  • Edison Lighthouse: Past their sell-by date pop act played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Equals: Return to the Maniqui by pop act.
  • The Corries: Eternal folk duo played twice at Falkirk Town Hall, and twice at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • Screaming Lord Sutch: Legendary rock and roller turned parliamentary candidate played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Gallagher & Lyle: Songwriting duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Salvation: Midge Ure led pop act played twice at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Nazareth: Fife rockers played at Falkirk Town Hall
  • The Sleaze Band: Rated Scottish act supported Nazareth at Falkirk Town Hall, a summer headline in Callendar Park, a date at the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth, then six gigs at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Bay City Rollers: Scots pop act played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Wayne Fontana & The New Mindbenders: A return to the area for the sixties act, with a date at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Marsha Hunt: American soul singer headlined in Callendar Park.
  • Billy Connolly: Comedian, with music by his banjo, played at Falkirk Town Hall. Tickets were considered too expensive at £3.50, and the hall was half full.
  • The Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Big band played at Falkirk Ice Rink.
  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Fresh off a tour supporting Status Quo, they played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Walker Brothers: After the sixties hits had dried up, but before the cult following kicked in, they played at Grangemouth Town Hall, without Scott Walker.
  • Lena Martell: Played at Falkirk Town hall on New Years Eve.
1974
  • Paco Pena: World famous flamenco guitarist was due to play at Falkirk Town Hall, but the show was cancelled due to "power restrictions".
  • Stephane Grappelly: Legendary jazz violinist played to a half empty Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Sydney Devine: Scottish joke played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Tony Christie: Played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Billy Connolly: Played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • The Corries: Folk duo played at Falkirk Town Hall twice, and Grangemouth Town Hall once.
  • Dr Feelgood: Seminal pub rock act played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Shakin' Stevens: Returned twice to the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Sleaz Band: Played twice at at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Lonnie Donegan: Influential skiffle act played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness
  • The JSD Band: Played in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Ronnie Lane & Slim Chance: Former (Small) Faces bass player played three nights in Bell's Meadow, in a giant circus tent.
  • Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames: British soul star played at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • The Who: Were meant to play at the playing fields on Stirling Road, Camelon in August. The band were booked and the licence had been granted by the Council (despite objections from residents), however the event was put together in too much of a rush, and was cancelled just a couple of weeks before.
  • Gerry & The Pacemakers: Some version of this act played at Bonnybridge Social Club 
  • 1975
  • Lulu: Evergreen singer played a week long residency at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • The Sleaz Band: Rated Scottish act headlined at Grangemouth Town Hall.
  • The Corries: Folk duo played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Tommy Whittle: Legendary local jazz musician returned to the area for a one-off at the Metropolitan Hotel, Falkirk.
  • Des O'Connor: Jokes and songs at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Sydney Devine: Grannies were happy at the Bowhouse Hotel, Grangemouth.
  • Billy Connolly: Played some music between the comedy at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Frankie Vaughan: Fifties crooner played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Cafe Jacques: Cult band played at the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth.
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: Sixties soul act played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
1976
  • Bilbo Baggins: Highly tipped Scottish rock act played a charity date at Christ The King Church, Grangemouth.
  • Ralph McTell: English folkie star played a sold out show at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • T-Rex: Marc Bolan was on the slide when he brought T-Rex to Falkirk Town Hall, and because of this the date didn't sell out. Idiots! His girlfriend, Gloria Jones, who had the original version of "Tainted Love" played keyboards at the date.
  • Alvin Stardust: Leather clad mock'n'roller played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Swinging Blue Jeans: 1960's Merseybeaters, played cabaret at the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth.
  • Cafe Jaques: Bruce Findlay managed tipped Scottish act played at the Falkirk Arts Theatre.
  • R. & J. Stone: Couple who had a hit with "We Do It" played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Lulu: Three foot tall Scottish songstress played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Tommy Cooper: A magician, not a musician, however he had more rock and roll in him than all of us put together, played at La Fabrique, Bo'ness.
  • Tina Charles: Disco songstress played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of a Radio Clyde Roadshow.
  • The Sadista Sisters: Controversial band at the time (one of the women in the band wore a see-through bodysuit) played at Falkirk Town Hall. The next week the Falkirk Herald did a "why are our kids exposed to such filth" type review.
1977
  • The Jam: Unbelievably, The Jam played at the Maniqui in Falkirk, signing autographs in Bruce's Records during the day. Tickets were £1.29!
  • Aswad: Future reggae stars played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Rezillos: Scotland's premier punk act, still not famous when they played at the Maniqui, Falkirk, and then returned to play Falkirk College.
  • The Lurkers: Punk also-rans played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions: The new wave Dylan played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Doctors Of Madness: Played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Johnny & The Self Abusers: Possibly the first punk band in Scotland, and soon to split into The Cuban Heels and Simple Minds, played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Generation X: Billy Idol led punks played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Boomtown Rats: Dublin new wavers fronted by Bob Geldof played at the Maniqui, Falkirk. They spent part of the day in Bruce's Records, insisting that the staff keep on playing their record.
  • Chelsea: London punks played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Marty Wilde: British rock'n'roller (& Kim Wilde's dad!) played at The Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • Del Shannon: American legend played at The Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • The Swinging Blue Jeans: Merseybeaters, well into cabaret mode, played at the Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • Darts: British chart act played at the Leapark, Grangemouth.
1978
  • Tony Christie: Sheffield's answer to Tom Jones played at the Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • The Stranglers: Misogynist pub rockers turned punks played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Rezillos: Returned to the area twice this year, this time at Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Marty Wilde: A return for the British rock'n'roller to the Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • Frank Ifield: The legend that is Ifield played at the Leapark, Grangemouth.
  • Girlschool: Female rock act played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • The Dead End Kids: West coast answer to The Bay City Rollers, several years past their one hit, played at the Maniqui, Falkirk.
  • Ultravox: Fronted by John Foxx, not Midge Ure (in otherwards, when they were really good!) played at Grangemouth Town Hall, supported by newly formed Simple Minds.
  • Squeeze: New wave pop act (featuring one Julian Holland on piano) played at Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Wild Horses: Rock band fronted by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson played at Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Simple Minds: Returned to Grangemouth Town Hall for their own headline date, promoted by Brian Guthrie. They were supported by local act The Heat, who would soon evolve into a band named after a Simple Minds song: The Cocteau Twins.
1979 
  • Generation X: Billy Idol fronted punks were meant to play the Maniquee in Falkirk, but the date was cancelled at the last minute. That didn't stop The Falkirk Herald reviewing it. Billy Idol spent the afternoon in the bus station having snowballs chucked at him by local youth.
  • Lulu: Scottish songstress, down on her luck at the time, played at Chequers, Hallglen.
  • Del Shannon: American rock'n'roller played at Falkirk Town Hall, along with Johnny & The Hurricanes.
  • The Zones: Band with ex-Slik and future Skids members played at the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Another Pretty Face: Edinburgh new wave band featuring future Waterboys frontman Mike Scott played at the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • The Starjets: Irish top forty act played at Bo'ness Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • The Revillos: Rezillos offshoot act played at Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
1980
  • John Martyn: Dropped into the Burns Bar, Falkirk, to see his old friend Hamish Imlach play, and was persuaded to play some numbers himself.
  • The U.K. Subs: English punk band, famous for hits like "Modern Girls", played the Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • The Members: New wave act played Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Gary Moore: Brought his solo act to Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Echo & The Bunnymen: Indie giants from the 1980's appeared at the International Hotel, Grangemouth, supported by cult Scottish act Josef K, promoted by Brian Guthrie. Apparently only 13 people turned up for the gig.
  • Bad Manners: Novelty ska act appeared at Grangemouth Town Hall, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • Slaughter & The Dogs: Manchester punk act played the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • The Soft Boys: New Wave act, featuring future solo star Robyn Hitchcock, played the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • H20: Scottish pop act, an early incarnation of which featured Bobby Gillespie, played at the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie. 
  • Chelsea: London punks, never quite made it big, played the International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
  • The Associates: Legendary Scottish act, featuring the voice of Billy McKenzie, and the keyboard skills of Linlithgow lad, Alan Rankin, played The International Hotel, Grangemouth, promoted by Brian Guthrie.
1981
  • The Supremes: Unfortunatly, not featuring Diana Ross. However, the legendary (and more talented) Mary Wells was with them when they played Falkirk Town Hall.
  • George Hamilton IV: Legendary country singer, played Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Alarm: Welsh rockers, played at The International in Grangemouth under the name Alarm Alarm, two years before they started having hits.
  • Frankie Miller: The Scottish vocalist played at, believe it or not, Chequers in Hallglen!
  • The Searchers: Also played at Chequers in Hallglen, though by this time they must have been well into cabaret mode. As were Mud, who played the same venue.
1982
  • Dick Gaughan: Folk singer, played at the Falkirk Folk Club in the Burns Bar, Falkirk.
  • Rab Noakes: Ex-member of Stealer's Wheel, and solo folk star played at the Falkirk Folk Club in the Burns Bar, Falkirk.
  • H20: A year before hitting the charts, the Glasgow act made a return to the area, playing the Leapark Hotel, Grangemouth. Apparently they used to perform with a bubble machine onstage!
  • Marillion: Rising prog rock act played at the International, Grangemouth in what has become a legendary gig.
1983
  • Jack Bruce: The former Cream bass player brought his band to Chequers in Hallglen.
  • Jerry Sadowitz: Comedian / magician supported Glasgow band Dead Loss at The Burns Bar a couple of times.
1984
  • Girlschool: Rock act played at The Clubhouse, Falkirk.
1985
  • H20: Having played several times locally on the way up, H20 played at under-18's Club Nitespot on the way back down again.
1986
  • APB: Popular Aberdeen based act, played The Leapark Hotel in Grangemouth.
  • The Styngrites: Popular Scottish act, played The Leapark Hotel in Grangemouth.
  • The Groundhogs: Top blues / rock band played The Burns Bar, Falkirk, promoted by Davy Waugh.
  • The Thieves: Cumbernauld based also-rans who featured future Cosmic Rough Riders vocalist Danny Wylie, played at the Maddox, Falkirk.
  • Baby's Got A Gun: East Kilbride act featuring an ex-Jesus & Mary Chain member Murray Dalgleish, played at the Penthouse, Falkirk.
1987
  • The Groundhogs: Made a welcome return to The Burns Bar, Falkirk, promoted by Davy Waugh.
  • The Trashcan Sinatras: Popular Kilmarnock act played at The Pines in Denny as a support to local act Slice Of Life.
1988
  • That Petrol Emotion: Indie band featuring ex-Undertones guitarists and songwriters, played at the Clubhouse, Falkirk, promoted by John McLellan.
  • Red Lorry Yellow Lorry: Goth band played at the Clubhouse, Falkirk, promoted by John McLellan. The support act Christian Death, had to return to Falkirk a few months later on an assault charge from this date.
  • The Groundhogs: Third visit, this time to The Glenfinnan Suite, Falkirk, promoted by Davy Waugh.
  • The Proclaimers: Fife duo played with a full band at Falkirk Town Hall to promote their "Sunshine On Leith" album.
1989
  • Rick Wakeman: Prog Rock muso / comedian played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Big Country: Scottish act were due to play at Falkirk Town Hall, but cancelled at last minute.
1990
  • His Latest Flame: Female Scottish act on verge of bigger things that never happened, played at Falkirk College.
  • Lulu: Everlasting Scottish songstress, on the way back up, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Dr Hook: One eyed country stars played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Professor Griff: Yes, THAT Professor Griff, from Public Enemy, played at Amnesia, which was the name of the Tudor House opposite Rosies!
1991
  • Hazel O'Connor: Original new wave artist played at The Clubhouse, Falkirk, supported by local act A Rose For Emily.
  • Captain America: Kurt Cobain's favourite band played at Falkirk College, supported by future Arab Strap guitarist Malcolm Middleton and his band, Rabid Lettuce.
1992
  • Suzi Quatro: 1970's rock chick played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Bay City Rollers: A version of the original boy band played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Thanes: Seminal Edinburgh band played at The Argyll Bar, Falkirk, promoted by Davy Waugh.
  • The Humpff Family: Scottish country act played at Pennies, Falkirk.
  • The Mamas & The Papas: A version, probably with no original members, played at The Cladhan Hotel, Falkirk.
1993
  • Baby Chaos: Scottish indie rockers played at The Pub, Falkirk.
  • The River Detectives: Scottish pop rockers played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Saidflorence: Hyped Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Martin Stephenson: Newcastle singer songwriter played a great gig at Pennies, Falkirk.
  • Midge Ure: Former Ultravox frontman, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Goodbye Mr MacKenzie: Great underatted Scottish act with Nirvana guitar roadie (and sometime member) John Duncan and future Garbage singer Shirley Manson in their line-up, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
1994
  • The Humpff Family: Country act played at the Martell, Falkirk, twice.
  • Barbara Dickson: Fife singer turned actress played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Alan Price: Ex-Animals keyboard player and solo star played at Falkirk Town Hall. 
  • The Blues Band: Famous, er, blues band played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Kevin McDermot Orchestra: Scottish also-rans played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Worlds Apart: Boy band on the way out played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Proclaimers: Welcome return to Falkirk Town Hall for the Fife duo.
  • Whiteout: Fresh from a joint tour with Oasis, Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Pearlfishers: Local act made-good played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Deaf Heights Cajun Aces: Scotland's leading cajun band played at Eglesbrech, Falkirk. 
  • Dodgy: Just about to break through, Britpop act played a sell-out gig at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Chris Barber: Jazz legend played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Lonnie Donegan: John Peel's favourite performer, and hugely influential artist, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Saidflorence: Scottish has beens / never weres played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Hugh Reed & The Velvet Underpants: Joke Glaswegian group played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Supernaturals: Soon to be big Scottish britpop act were a last minute replacement for the Lost Soul Band on a double headliner with The Diesel Kings at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Fish: Big haddie played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Nazareth: Legendary Scottish rockers played at the Martell, Falkirk.
1995
  • The Kaisers: Glaswegian Merseybeat enthusiasts played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Rab Noakes: Famous Scottish folk artist, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Supernaturals: Soon to be big britpop act played at the Martell, Falkirk, twice this year, and were more or less ignored both times.
  • Dave Vanian: Former Damned frontman played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Travis: Future massive act played an acoustic set at Eglesbrech in Falkirk, and were completely ignored.
  • The Pearlfishers: Return to Falkirk Town Hall for local act.
  • The River Detectives: On the way out Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Saidflorence: Return of over-hyped Scottish act to the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Almost twenty years after Harvey died, his band played at the Martell, Falkirk. Must have smelled a bit.
  • Lindisfarne: Northumberland folkies played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Baby Stafford: Ex-Gun member, cancelled Martell date at last minute.
  • The McCluskey Brothers: Ex-Bluebells played at the Martell, Falkirk. Everyone went along and shouted for "Young At Heart". Which they didn't play.
  • B.L.O.W.: Former Little Angels played at the Martell, Falkirk.
1996
  • Skam: Boy band played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Hugh Cornwell: Former Stranglers frontman played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • No Way Sis: Chart bound Oasis covers act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Trashcan Sinatras: Highly rated Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Martin Stephenson: Solo gig for 80's singer / songwriter at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Silencers: Glaswegian act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Supernaturals: Had scored their first hit by the time they returned to the Martell, Falkirk in July, and headlined an all day festival in December at the same venue.
  • Steve Harley: 1970's star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Billy Jo Spears: Country star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Hue & Cry: Glaswegian brothers played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • China Crisis: Liverpool act from the 1980's played at Falkirk Family Day in Callander Park.
  • The Humpff Family: Glaswegian country act played at Falkirk Family Day in Callander Park.
  • Whiteout: West coast act played without their vocalist at the Martell, Falkirk.
1997
  • Hardbody: Band containing future Belle & Sebastian trumpet player Mick Cook played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Whiteout: On the way out by now, returned to the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Edwin Starr: Soul legend played at the Gala Bingo Hall, Falkirk.
  • Kevin McDermott: Played a solo gig at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Bucks Fizz: A version of the 1980's pop stars played at the Gala Bingo, Falkirk.
  • Goodbye Mr MacKenzie: Billed as a Martin Metcalfe solo date, what was left of the band played an acoustic set in Eglesbrech, Falkirk.
  • Boney M: A version of the European hitmakers played at the Gala Bingo, Falkirk.
  • Captain Sensible: Former Damned bass player played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Gyres: Britpop midgets played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Chas & Dave: Cockney lads played at Falkirk Family Day in Callander Park. Were later sampled by Eminem for his "My Name Is..." single!
  • The Bhundu Boys: Leading African act played at Falkirk Family Day in Callander Park.
  • Ian Hunter: Mott The Hoople frontman played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Vibrators: Punk has-beens at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Errol Brown: Hot Chocolate frontman played solo at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Hue & Cry: Return to Falkirk Town Hall for the Glaswegian brothers.
  • The Damned: Punk legends played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The River Detectives: Return of Scottish almost-was band to the Martell, Falkirk.
1998
  • Mike Peters: Former Alarm frontman played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Mamas & The Papas: This line-up did feature original member John Phillips on guitar when they played Falkirk Town Hall, but also had solo stars Scott McKenzie & Barry McGuire singing. Support was by 1970's folkie Peter Starsedt.
  • The UK Subs: Punk band returned to the area 18 years on and played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Clock: Chart act made an appearance at Rosie O'Grady's Nightclub, Falkirk.
  • Rita Coolidge: Solo star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Manfreds: Basically Manfred Mann, without Manfred himself, but with Benny Gallagher of Gallagher & Lyle instead, if you see what I mean, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Charlie Lansborough: Solo star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Jethro Tull: Not with Ian Anderson, but with Mick Abrahams, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Val Doonican: Rocking chairs ahoy at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Bez: Happy Mondays idiot played a DJ / dancing set at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Rozalla: Chart act played at Rosie O'Grady's Nightclub, Falkirk.
  • Annie Christian: Edinburgh indie act played at Finn MacCools, Falkirk.
  • The Swiss Family Orbison: Ex-Danny Wilson / Deacon Blue collective played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
1999
  • The Silencers: A return to Falkirk, this time at the Town Hall, for Scottish act.
  • Saxon: Metal act cancelled their Martell "Greatest Hits" date.
  • Biffy Clyro: Rated indie rock act played at the Argyll Bar, Falkirk.
  • Mani: Ex-Stone Roses bass player played a DJ set at the Martell with tribute act The Complete Stone Roses.
  • Chas & Dave: Return to Falkirk, this time at the Town Hall, for the cockney chappies.
  • The Nolans: Singing sisters at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Dr Hook: One eyed country at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Kevin McDermott: Scottish singer at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Geneva: Return to the scene after a two year break for Aberdonian indie act, at the Martell, Falkirk.
2000
  • Biffy Clyro: Scottish indie rock played at the Engine Room, Falkirk, and then returned to the Martell.
  • Joe Brown: British rock'n'roller, and dad of Sam, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Carol Laula: Glaswegian singer songwriter played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
  • The Cosmic Rough Riders: Alan McGee discovered Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Annie Christian: Bruce Findlay managed Scottish rockers played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • Craig David: Falcon loving R&B singer played at One Big Sunday in Callander Park. 
  • Honeyz: London R&B act mimed at One Big Sunday in Callander Park.
  • Hanson: Annoying American brothers with one great song and many terrible ones, mimed at One Big Sunday in Callander Park, Falkirk. Came onstage and said "Hello Glasgow!".
  • Stephen Gately: Recently outed Boyzone muppet played at One Big Sunday in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Chicane: Had recently hit the charts with the Bryan Adams fronted "Don't Give Up" when they played at One Big Sunday in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Richard Blackwood: The unfunny Will Smith played at One Big Sunday in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
  • Idlewild: Scottish indie rock looked out of place at One Big Sunday in Callendar Park, Falkirk.
2001
  • The Cooper Temple Clause: Played at the Engine Room, Falkirk, as part of their UK tour.
  • Ash: Irish indie act played a promo half hour at Virgin Records, Falkirk.
  • Runrig: Scottish bores created a celtic Nurenburg Rally at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Grim Northern Social: Soon to be signed Scottish act played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • 911: Washed up boy band played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Helen Shapiro: 1960's songstress played at Falkirk Town Hall on her farewell tour.
  • Val Doonican: Cardigans ahoy at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • 999: Punk band played at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • TV Smith: Ex-Adverts frontman played at Pennies, Falkirk.
  • The Selecter: Ska act played at The Engine Room, Falkirk.
  • James Grant: Former Love & Money frontman played solo in Behind The Wall.
2002
  • The Blues Band: Sixties musicians playing what they like best at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Biffy Clyro: Scottish indie rock at the Martell, Falkirk.
  • K Klass: Dance actplayed Rosies, Falkirk.
  • Brenda Cochrane: Played in Callander Park, Falkirk, as part of a BBC event.
  • The Swiss Family Orbison: Ex-Danny Wilson / Deacon Blue played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Astrid: Scottish indie played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Ricky Ross: Former Deacon Blue frontman played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • The Bhundu Boys: African legends played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Bob Geldof: Legendary, and not least because he saved the world, played a blinder at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park
  • Snow Patrol: Future Irish / Scottish stars played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park. 
  • The Cosmic Rough Riders: Played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park without their recently departed vocalist.
  • Darius: The Scottish Britney Spears played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor: Hexagonal faced poppet played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • Sugababes: Scowling mingers played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • 100 Reasons: Played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • Blue: Boyband played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • Toploader: Bland act played at BBC Radio's "One Big Sunday" in Camelon.
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor: Played a private funtion in front of 250 competition winners at Airth Castle.
  • Busted: Played a private funtion in front of 250 competition winners at Airth Castle.
2003
  • The Stranglers: Return of "punk" legends, without original singer, played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • The Cheeky Girls: Touch their bums at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Misteeq: R&B at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Kym Marsh: Solo ex-Hear'say puppet played at Big In Falkirk at Callander Park. Later joined cast of Coronation Street. 
  • The Grim Northern Social: Scottish indie pop played at Big In Falkirk at Callander Park.
  • Fish: Ex-Marillion singer played at Big In Falkirk at Callander Park, then at the Martell a month later.
  • Tom McCrae: Singer / Songwriter played at Big In Falkirk at Callander Park.
  • The Damned: Original punks returned to the Martell, Falkirk.
  • The Proclaimers: Returned to Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Courtney Pine: Britain's leading jazz musician played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival.
  • Steve Harley: 70's star played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival.
  • The Fence Collective: played at Rialto, Falkirk twice, once as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival.
  • Kain: Over-praised Glaswegian band, played at Falkirk Town Hall.
2004
  • Deacon Blue: Reformed Scottish act played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • McFly: Boy band with guitars played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Mark Owen: Ex-Take That star played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Jim Diamond: Scottish solo singer played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Alistair Griffin: "Fame Academy" runner up played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Horse: Top feminist Glasgow act played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Speedway: Scottish indie popsters played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Idlewild: Warm-up date for leading Scottish act, at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • Hugh Cornwell: Former Stranglers frontman played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • Kain: Glaswegian band who promised much but failed to deliver played at the Martell, Falkirk as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • The Fence Collective: Acoustic Fife gang played at Rialto, Falkirk, as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival.
  • The Pearlfishers: Local act promoting their new album at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Douglas T. Stewart: BMX Bandits frontman supported The Pearlfishers at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Selecter: Ska merchants played acoustic date at Falkirk Town Hall. 
  • Charlie Lansborough: Australian Country pensioner played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods: Original London pub / punk rockers played at the Martell, Falkirk.
2005
  • Heather Small: Former M People vocalist, sounded like a honking goose, played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Les McKeown: Former Bay City Roller, played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Tony Christie: High on a comeback, Sheffield's answer to Tom Jones played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park, and was joined by the newly promoted Falkirk Football Team for a version of "Is This The Way To Amarillo?".
  • The B.M.X. Bandits: : Glaswegian long-term indie shamblers played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park, then returned to the area to play at Grangemouth La Porte Precinct in a BBC Radio Scotland event.
  • Steve Brookstein: Terrible "Pop Idol" winner played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Amy McDonald: Future Scottish star was very young when she played at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park.
  • Aberfeldy: Twee-but-good Fifers managed by Bruce Findlay played a Radio Scotland gig at Grangemouth High School, then at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival. 
  • Javine: Eurovision hopeful, came third last the following week, played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Michael Marra: Dundonian songwriter played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Uncle Brian: Successful, but little known punk band played at Jack's Bar, Falkirk.
  • Teenage Fanclub: The Scottish Big Star played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • Malcolm Middleton: Triumphant homecoming for Arab Strap guitarist turned solo, backed by former Delgados, at Falkirk Town Hall supporting Teenage Fanclub as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • Ricky Ross: Former Deacon Blue frontman played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • The Pearlfishers: Local heroes played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • The Trashcan Sinatras: Ayrshire's finest played at Falkirk Town Hall as part of the "Way To Blue" festival.
  • Raising Kain: Promising Glasgow act played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Fence Collective: Acoustic Fife gang played at Rialto, Falkirk, as part of the "Way To Blue" Festival.
  • Lena Martell: "Scotland's first lady of easy listening" played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Craig Chalmers: Future "Joseph" runner-up did cabaret at Beancross restaurant. 
  • Charlie Landsborough: Australian Country legend played at Falkirk Town Hall.
2006
  • Ipanema: Not famous in their own rights, but they did feature a couple of ex-members of Mega City Four (who had a couple of hits back in the early 1990's). Ipanema played at Jack's Bar, Falkirk, and by the end of the year one of them was dead.
  • The Animals: None of the famous members of this legendary 1960's group were left in this line-up who played at Falkirk Town Hall, however there were two original members, augmented by other less known ex-members of Them, The Kinks & The Mindbenders.
  • Lena Martell: Scottish songstress played a church fundraiser at Larbert East Church, then returned to Falkirk Town Hall later in the year.
  • Midge Ure: Legendary Scot played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • The River Detectives: Almost made-it Scottish duo played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • The Beat: Brit-ska band who were massive in the early 1980's, played in some form at at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Orson: Californian chart toppers played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Neville Staples: Former member of The Specials & The Funboy Three who played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Jimmy Constable: Former member of 911 played at Big In Falkirk in Callander Park.
  • Sandi Thom: Soon to be famous hyped solo female singer songwriter player at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park.
  • Goldblade: Punk band fronted by TV personality and ex-Membrane Jon Robb played an incendiary show at the Tavern, Grangemouth.
2007
  • Charlie Lansborough: Australian country star made his bi-annual appearance at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The MacDonald Brothers: X-Factor failures played at Rosies, Falkirk. It was near the dole office.
  • Howie Payne: Frontman with rated Liverpudlians The Stands played at Rialto, Falkirk. His brother played drums with The Zutons!
  • The Human League: 1980's synth pioneers played a greatest hits set at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park.
  • Heaven 17: Sheffield synth pioneers (part 2) played at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park.
  • The Skatalites: Geniune superb Ska band from the 1960's, played in a rainstorm at Big In Falkirk in Callendar Park.
  • Amy McDonald: Rising Scottish singer songwriter (and "the new K.T. Tunstall") played at Big In Falkirk at Callendar Park.
  • Eton Road: X-Factor failures played at Rosies, Falkirk.
  • Malcolm Le Maistre: Former Incredible String Band member played at Bruntonside Restaurant, Torpichan.
  • The View: Libertines influenced Dundonians played a secret "T In The Park" warm up date at the Martell, Falkirk. The date was announced on the day, with the tickets selling out in a matter of hours. The whole night ended in a fight when one of the band challenged one of the audience to a fight outside. The band then vowed never to play Falkirk again. From the toughest scheme in Dundee? Yeah, right....
  • Tam White: Legendary Scottish blues singer played at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir as part of the Falkirk Jazz & Blues Festival.
  • Craig Chalmers: "Any Dream Will Do" loser milked the cash cow at Rosies, Falkirk.
  • Bob Cheevers: Emmy winning singer songwriter (he toured with Johnny Cash!) played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
2008
  • Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham: Traditional music legends played a charity date at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Charlie Lansborough: Australian country star returned to Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Furays: Played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Maximo Park: Newcastle indie act played a "DJ set" at the Martell, Falkirk. Easy money.
  • The Levellers: Crusty act from the 1990's made a comeback at Big In Falkirk, Callendar Park.
  • 10CC: Advertised as 10CC, it was just one member, headlining at Big In Falkirk, Callendar Park.
  • Same Difference: Creepy brother / sister robots played at a funfair next to the Falkirk Stadium.
  • The McDonald Brothers: Milking the cash cow at a funfair next to the Falkirk Stadium.
  • Sergeant: Glenrothes next-big-things played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert.
  • Chris Helme: Former Seahorses frontman played at Metro, Falkirk, and then at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
  • Tam White: Legendary Scottish blues singer played at the Plough Hotel, Stenhousemuir as part of the Falkirk Jazz & Blues Festival.
  • Capercaillie: Scottish band played at Falkirk Town Hall in the build up to the National Mod.
  • The Donnie Munro Band: Former Runrig frontman played at Falkirk Town Hall in the build up to the National Mod.
  • Foster & Allen: Light entertainers played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Alvin Stardust: Seventies icon played the nostalgia circuit at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Glasvegas: Hippest band in the country at the time played to an audience of 200 inmates at Polmont Young Offenders Institute. Not a press stunt at all.
  • Mark Morriss: Former Bluetones frontman played a solo date at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
2009
  • J. J. Gilmour: Former Silencers frontman played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
  • Chris Farlowe: Sixties star played at Falkirk Town Hall, for the first time in 43 years!
  • Cliff Bennett: Sixties star played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • Herbie Goins: Blues veteran played at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Stereo M.C.'s: Had a few hits in the early 1990's before fading, headlined "Big In Falkirk" in Callendar Park.
  • Capercaillie: Popular Scottish folk act headlined "Big In Falkirk" in Callendar Park.
  • Sergeant: Return to the area for Glenrothes band, played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
  • The MacDonald Brothers: Played a fete in Denny.
  • Ash: Indie legends played a 26 date tour of towns in alphabetical order. "F" was for Falkirk, and they chose to play in Behind The Wall.
  • Eddie & The Hot Rods: Punk legends played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk. 
  • Jedward: X-Factor clowns "played" at City Nightclub.
  • Glen Tillbrook: Former Squeeze frontman paid for his allimony by playing a solo date at Behind The Wall, Falkirk
2010
  • Kassidy: Glaswegian acoustic act signed to Vertigo Records played at Rialto, Falkirk.
  • The Law: Dundonian second rate View played at Behind The Wall.
  • John Otway: Legendary preformer played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk
  • One Direction: X-Factor act played at City Nightclub. 
2011
  • Bonehead: Former Oasis guitarist played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk, with his new act.
  • Chris Helme: Former Seahorses frontman played a double header with Mark Morriss at 20 Rocks, Falkirk.
  • Mark Morriss: Former Bluetones frontman played a double header with Chris Helme at 20 Rocks, Falkirk.
  • Tony Christie: Sheffield crooner returned to the area with a gig at Falkirk Town Hall. 
  • Dr Feelgood: Great band from the late 1970's, but now with no original members, played at Behind The Wall, Falkirk.
  • Bez: Happy Mondays dancer played a DJ set at 20 Rocks, Falkirk. Does that count as a gig?
  • Nikko McBrain: Iron Maiden drummer did an onstage drum performance / clinic, which was meant to be at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert, but had to be moved after a much publicized double-booking. 
  • The Dykeenies: Rated Glaswegian act played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk, a few weeks before splitting up. 
2012
  • The Law: Dundonian band played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk.
  • Roses Kings Castles: Band featuring ex-members of Babyshambles played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk. 
  • Proud Mary: Once signed to Noel Gallagher's record label, played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk. 
  • Elton John: Stubby fingered drama queen played at the Falkirk Stadium. 
  • Freddie Starr: Better known as a "comedian", but once a rock and roill singer, was scheduled to play at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert, but cancelled the gig. Was outed as a paedophile later in the year! 
2013
  • Ronan Keating: Ex-Westlife frontman, "Cheating Keating" headlined a weekend of gigs at the Falkirk Football Stadium. 
  • Brian McFadden: Ex-Boyzone singer played at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • James Walsh: Ex-Starsailor frontman supported Ronan Keating at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Jai McDowell: Something to do with "The Voice" or "The X-Factor", supported Ronan Keating at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Altered Images: Glaswegian act played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • The Real Thing: 1970's act somehow played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Curiosity Killed The Cat: Nostalgia act played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Five Star: Played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Paul Young: Faux-soul voice played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Midgre Ure: Former Ultravox frontman played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • T'Pau: Played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium
  • Toyah: Lisping punkess played during a 1980's festival at the Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Status Quo: Eternal rockers played at Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • 10CC: Some original members of 1970's act supported Status Quo at Falkirk Football Stadium.
  • Chris Helme: Former Seahorses frontman played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk.
  • Martin Carthy: Folk legend played at Falkirk Folk Club.
  • Tom Hingley: Former Inspiral Carpets frontman played at 20 Rocks, Falkirk.
  • David Badiel: Comedian, but had scored hits with "Three Lions", did stand up at Falkirk Town Hall.
  • The Beat: 2-Tone survivors played at the Dobbie Hall, Larbert. 
2014
  • Rod Stewart: Trans-Atlantic legend played at Falkirk Stadium.

And three famous/semi-famous bands who NEVER played locally:
  • The Cocteau Twins
  • Arab Strap
  • Lowlife.

 
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