Sunday, 7 June 2009

JIM WILKIE - MUSICIAN AND WRITER

Dundonian, Jim Wilkie, has been involved in music, one way or another, for most of his life.
Halos was the name of his first band in the early/mid 60's - while still at school. In the 70's he was in a band called Dog Eat Dog for a couple of years, then spent a bit of time in Shug Barr's Allstars, and he has even worked with locals, Mafia. He is though probably best known for his involvement with the Electric Ceilidh Band who started up around 1980 and went on to become well established recording artists.
Re-winding back to the 70's, however, Jim Wilkie actually recorded an album under his own name called "The Waxer", featuring a large bunch of Scottish musicians, including members of 70's pop outfit Cado Belle.
The LP was released in 1979 and I have a wee sample from it below. The track is called "First To Cry" - a catchy pop song with a bit of a dance groove.
There is also a downtempo tune on the album where he sings about Dundee on it, so I'll try squeeze that one on sometime in the future. As far as I know the album has never been released on CD.
And as regards his other life as a writer, I'll touch on that tomorrow.
Anyway, here's the opening track...

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A wee update to let you know that The Waxer has now been released for the first time on CD. Remixed and remastered with 2 bonus tracks.
Out now on Ridge Records.
Go get!



3 comments:

  1. Does anyone know what Jim Wilkie is doing now? I knew him in the 70s and 80s but lost touch.

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  2. If it's the same one, he now works with a Maasai group from Kenya, called Osiligi, google and on their website check out tour dates, his details are there

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  3. I knew Jim from Arbroath Road/Baxter Park days in the 60s. Our mothers were good friends & I was often in his house at the top of Eden Street on the Arbroath Road. Any update on his current presence, I'm off to Skye at the w/e & would hate to miss him if he's still there??

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