Scout­ing For Girls mark mile­stone in Perthshire

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Hit London pop- rock band Scout­ing For Girls are tak­ing their 10th an­niver­sary tour to Perthshire this Au­tumn ... writes Ross Gar­diner.

Band mem­bers are cel­e­brat­ing 10 years since the launch of their de­but epony­mous al­bum, and are tour­ing the UK and Ire­land from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber this year.

Lead singer and gui­tarist Roy Stride, bass gui­tarist Greg Chur­chouse and drum­mer Pete El­lard are stop­ping at Bir­nam Arts Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 1, be­tween gigs at In­ver­ness Iron­works and Glas­gow’s O2 Acad­emy.

Be­tween head­lin­ing Perth Fes­ti­val of the Arts in 2014 and star­ring at T and the Park in 2008 and 2010, the band has plenty of fond me­mories of play­ing in the area and have been look­ing for­ward to play­ing in High­land Perthshire for years.

Roy said: “We’re ex­cited for the whole tour, but the High­land and Is­lands stretch has been a dream of ours since we started.

“Robert Hicks, our pro­moter, has been a long term fan and friend of the band since we started and put us on Bel­ladrum all the way back in 2007. We’ve been try­ing to find a way to do this tour since then be­cause we love this part of the world so much.

“It’s hard to have a bad gig in Scot­land - the peo­ple are so friendly and up for a party. They love their mu­sic and they know how to en­joy them­selves.

“The first time we played T in the Park I re­mem­ber the big­gest thun­der­storm com­ing out of nowhere as we started play­ing Elvis Aint Dead, but no­body cared - if any­thing it made them go wilder!”

As part of the 10th an­niver­sary, the band have taken part in nu­mer­ous fundrais­ers for Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, an idea in­spired by Roy’s mother’s strug­gle with the ill­ness.

He ex­plained: “It’s such a hor­ren­dous dis­ease that im­pacts on the whole fam­ily that I felt com­pelled to get in­volved in try­ing to raise both money and aware­ness.

“As it was our 10 year an­niver­sary, we’ve set our­selves 10 fundrais­ing chal­lenges to com­plete over 2017.

“We started with Dry Jan­uary, which was very bor­ing, but we have also done the Sil­ver­stone Half Marathon and the full London Marathon. We’ve a few more chal­lenges to com­plete be­fore the year is up but we’ve al­ready raised £10,000 which make me very proud.”

Front­man Roy added: “We’ve rere­leased the orig­i­nal al­bum on vinyl for the first time and we also re­leased a Live Al­bum from out Great­est Hits Tour.

“Next month we re­lease a brand new al­bum called ‘10 add 10’. It fea­tures ten brand new songs and 10 of our big­gest sin­gles, all to cel­e­brate not hav­ing a proper job for ten years!

“On top of that, this tour will be our long­est and largest since we started.”

Roy re­called the buzz when the band first re­leased “Scout­ing For Girls” and the thrill of get­ting a record deal, and ev­ery­thing that went with it.

He said: “We were just so ex­cited about ev­ery­thing! We had been to­gether for 10 years be­fore any­one took any in­ter­est so we had com­pletely given up on the idea of ever get­ting a record deal.”

Tick­ets, priced at £25.25, are still on sale for the Bir­nam con­cert and can be pur­chased at www.seet­ick­ event/scout­ing-for-girls/ bir­nam-arts-cen­tre-dunkeld/1098317.

Po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment Cul­ty­brag­gan Camp, near Com­rie

Gig date Pete, Roy and Greg. Pic: Be­yond Presents

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