Man’s ‘wee jaunt’ leads to touring gig with band
A DUNDEE man who went on a “wee jaunt” to Canada ended up joining a band and touring with them overseas after going to an acoustic gig.
Jaq Inglis went to Canada in January l ast year after saving money to go travelling from his home in Lochee.
One day on his trip, the 26-yearold — who was between jobs before heading overseas — decided to attend an acoustic gig i n Vancouver.
It was there that he met Claire and Jonathon McCarthy, the couple behind Australian indie band Heart Beach.
After being introduced and while chatting about Jaq’s drumming background, the pair asked if he wanted to join the band — and it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Jaq told the Tele: “I had saved up some money and decided to go a wee jaunt to Canada last January.
“I went to a small acoustic gig in a record shop where I met the guys from Heart Beach.
“They asked me if I wanted to be their drummer and go on a tour with them, which they had already planned.
“It was the best of both worlds, really — I still got to go travelling and also got to play gigs at the same time.
“I don’t know if it was fate, but it was definitely perfect timing.”
After becoming part of the band, Jaq joined the pair on two tours across Canada where the trio is now based.
He also travelled to Australia where they toured throughout November, going back to the band’s home city of Hobart in Tasmania.
The band is now in the UK, touring across the country.
Jaq continued: “It has been amazing playing gigs around the world. The reception we have had is absolutely amazing.
“I cannot wait to see what the UK tour will bring.
“It is very rare to have a good Australian band come over and perform in the Scottish music scene, so it will be really interesting to see the reaction. “I also cannot wait to show Claire and Jonathan the sights around Dundee.
“I was able to see their home town, so showing them around here will be really fun.”
The band’s first Dundee gig is at Conroy’s Basement on Friday February 2. Doors are at 8pm.
Jaq drumming away at his Lochee home in the lead-up to his band’s Dundee gig on Friday.