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the new digital LP is due to hit the stores next week. There’s not too much to add in way of background to this album. It was recorded in one take on a dark and stormy night with guitar and vocal done live, it was then edited down to an LP size, (by leaving off a few tracks that will hopefully appear in the fullness of time) and I sat on it for a while, wondering whether to do a full band recording of these tracks or release it as it is. Its called Sometimes it Rains. And I just thought, what the heck.

The band will be doing things in the next few months again, will keep you posted.

For now, stay low, go fast.


Sofis short acoustic set

Hi, playing new songs on Wed 18th Feb in Sofi’s on the shore.

2 other acts will be playing, and in the small room so there will only be room for a few people to come. Let me know if you can make it.

more info to follow soon



Next gig Henrys Cellar Bar

A night of tunes from …

Steven Tonge

Iona Marshall

The Colourful Band

thanks for all your help


A night of singer songwriter music with Steven Tonge (shoegaze college rock poet from Morningside), Iona Marshall ( indie folk songstress) and The Colourful Band, playing new material as well as the occasional old number .

Friday the 10th October.

Prices £5 , £3 with student card.

Henrys Cellar Bar
16a Morrison Street

Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Herriot Watt University

Playing a set at Heriott Watt freshers week. This Thurs afternoon

next gig in October..


Hi, its been a while since I have written any blogs here. I’ve been writing new material and doing the odd acoustic show locally. The best thing Ive played at recently was my brother and sister in-law’s 25th Wedding Anniversary in Glasgow. My brother (Tony) actually built a two foot high by 12 foot wide stage across his front room and he, my nephew and myself blasted out some Mumford and Sons and Proclaimers to get the place rocking . There was also a warm up act doing some Soul numbers, it really was one of those parties. Anyway, backstage ( in the kitchen) I said to Murray (my nephew) that I didn’t know which TCB song to play if I got the urge. He said ‘play Easter Road or Always the Summer’ , and I thought right, Id for gotten about that one. Anyhow needless to say we opted for a blast of Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come on Eileen’ which was the most fun I’ve had playing in ages.

But here’s what happened next. I was listening to Radio Scotland in the car and they were having a ‘songs or bands containing colours theme’, so I thought Id text in and ask if they would play Easter road. Didn’t hear it on the show and  the next day on my lunch I was just checking whether it had been on the show, and guess what, it hadn’t. But as it turns out, Easter Road, was played 6 months after it was released , on Radio 2, by none other than Steve Lamacq.

This week my nephew who had his leg broken 1 year ago in a school football game, made his debut for Scottish Schools under 18 at Broadwood.

Cheers Murray , sorry I couldn’t be there on Monday, but you did us proud.





Just back from a week surfing on the coast in Morocco. I met some wonderful people and caught some good waves, soaked up a little Moroccan culture this time aswell and was treated to some traditional food and music up on top of the riad where we were staying. Work starting today on some new ideas I came up with in the evenings messing around with a old guitar, keep you posted. Until then, keep it Christmas. x

Johnny Cash


Playing some Johnny Cash songs this weekend. At Cashback, in Sofis in Leith from 5pm.


65 Henderson Street
EH6 6ED Edinburgh,

Hope to see you there

Next gig

Playing a brief set (ooh)  next Tues (22nd ) at Henrys Cellar Bar , Morrison st Edinburgh

We’re on at 9.30 pm , and the evening is called Songwriters Cellar, hosted by Lach.

There will be 4 acts from 7.30, we’re on at 9.30 pm , admission is free.

See you there.

Facebook event page

Gig this Sunday 8th September


TCB have been asked to play at  Freshers week this Sunday Herriot Watt University.

We’re on at 8pm, and you can get in even if youre not a student.

Its over at their Riccarton Campus EH14 1AS ‎

Hope to see you there.



The Colourful Band: The Colourful Band

If youre in the US and you want a CD rather than mp3 version of the album with liner notes and artwork then click the link. The artwork was painted by Kym Haverson, an up and coming London artist who has been a finalist in several UK competitions. Kym and I met whilst waiting on a plane a few years ago in Queensland Australia, and her work is fantastic, so I am delighted she agreed to provide the cover.

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