Scotch Mist

Main (edited)Scotch Mist MKI
Mike James:  vocals, guitar & mandolin
Keith Jones:  fiddle, mandolin & dulcimer.
Ken Jones:  guitar & melodeon.
Kevin Whitehouse:   bass & mandolin
Steve Austin:  drums

Scotch Mist MKII
Mike James:  vocals, guitar & mandolin
Heather McCauley:  vocals& fiddle
Keith Jones:  fiddle & mandolin
Rod Hudson:  guitar
Kevin Whitehouse:   bass
Trevor Foster:  drums

Scotch Mist MKIII
Mike James:  vocals & guitar
John Norton:  vocals & guitar
Rod Hudson:  guitar
Keith Jones:  fiddle & mandolin
Kevin Whitehouse:   bass
Trevor Foster:  drums


About

The first line up of Scotch Mist featured the fantastic traditional vocals of Mike James. We performed mainly traditional songs with an electric backing.  The first line up performed in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in 1974. The concert was marred by bad weather  but the headlines still maintained that the concert for charity was ‘Saved By The Reels” Review.  The band also held down two residencies, firstly at the now demolished Golden Eagle, Hill Street, Birmingham and, at the time, the very modern Park Hall in Wythall on the outskirts of the city.

We then added the beautifully, crystal clear voice of Heather McCauley to the line-up. She also played fiddle and danced. Heather was of Shetland descent.  The band played a few colleges, universities and pub rock gigs, as Scotch Mist MkII , such as at the Hope and Anchor in Islington, London  and also, amazingly, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

In 1975, all changed and Scotch Mist MKIII welcomed, for the first time, a brilliant singer/songwriter – John Norton from Staffordshire. This was the first time we had the luxury of a songwriter! Again many concerts were performed at colleges and universities with this line up, as supports to the likes of Fairport Convention and cult Irish band Horslips.  The band eventually changed its name to Bright Eyes – nothing to do with ‘Watership Down’ or the American band around now under the same name!  The name  Bright Eyes – coincidentally – came from a great song written by John.


MKI Gallery


MKII Gallery


MKIII Gallery

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