Aug 17 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
THEY’RE young at heart and ready to top the bill at one of Ayrshire’s biggest music festivals.
The Bluebells hit the big time in 1980s with ‘I’m Falling’, ‘Cath’ and of course ‘Young at Heart’.
Reforming just last year, the band are set to go down a storm when they take to the stage at the Live@Troon festival on Friday, August 31.
The Glasgow band worked with a procession of producers, including Elvis Costello, and raised the bar for young Scottish songwriters. In 1984 the lads enjoyed the success and impact their marvellous music deserved.
Guitarist Robert Hodgens (aka Bobby Bluebell), in collaboration with the two McCluskey brothers, wrote instantly memorable classics and Kenneth McCluskey sang them in a likeable, unaffected voice.
After the release of their debut album ‘Sisters’ in 1984 The Bluebells toured widely and later signed to Sire records in the US.
Robert and the brothers parted company amicably in 1986, with Ken and David forming and releasing records as the McCluskey Brothers while Robert concentrated on songwriting for various artists, including chart favourites Texas.
In 1993 ‘Young at Heart’ hit the UK No 1 spot following its use in a TV ad and the band met up for some more fun ‘Top of the Pops’ appearances.
The band were honoured with the Tartan Clef Award for songwriting in 2011.
Supporting The Bluebells on the night are a trio of Scottish bands.
Fatherson have toured with a string of established and up-and-coming acts.
Talented Kilmarnock lads Ross Leighton, Marc Strain and Greg Walkinshaw are joined by cellist Elaine Glass and Chris Beltran on keyboards and guitar for live shows.
The Stagger Rats will take to the stage at Troon in advance of the release of their debut album ‘Scorpio Leisure’.
Largs lads Brown Bear and the Bandits are tipped as one of Radio 1’s top 35 acts to follow in 2012. The trio combine folk guitar, Celtic airs and pop hooks with meaningful lyrics.
The gig will be held at Troon Concert Hall and tickets are £14.50. Details at see email@example.com