Man’s ‘wee jaunt’ leads to tour­ing gig with band

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Front Page - BY AMY HALL

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.

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