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Richard Jobson and The Skids Exhibition Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

Posted on March 13, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

From Saturday 28th April until Sunday 26th August 2018, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries will showcase an exhibition celebrating the work and music of Richard Jobson and The Skids.

From 1977, the year that the influential group formed in Dunfermline, right up to today with the release of their first album in 35 years, the exhibition will include some incredible and unusual pieces of memorabilia, artwork and photographs from fan and band collections.

Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries holds a significant place for the band. In the building’s former guise, a then teenaged Jobson would seek heat and respite to pen lyrics to some of The Skids’ earliest hits under the roof of the world’s first Carnegie Library. Some of these original lyric sheets will be on display in the upcoming exhibition.

Commenting on the band’s homecoming, exhibition Jobson said: “I’m very proud of our roots here and want to be part of Dunfermline's renaissance as the coolest town in Scotland – it’s really important that we all contribute to making the town a success and that it is seen by the rest of the country as a creative hub, a place where people make things happen.”

Jobson’s artwork ‘Scared to Dance’ – named for the first Skids album – will also be displayed, along with footage from their gigs over the years. From posters and photographs to lyrics and rare vinyl records, the show promises to be a treasure trove for fans old and new.

Speaking to The Scotsman recently, Jobson reflected on the band’s outsider origins: “Punk was essentially an urban thing, so the landscape of rural Fife, the mining villages that we were all born out of made us slightly different.

“My mother sang sentimental folk songs from her Irish heritage and that was ingrained in me and also in Stuart. My father was a coal miner so I knew lots of those types of songs. Mixed with the edge of punk, it created something quite unique. Our sensibility and how we saw the world and each other was different from the urban sound.”

Such is the timeless, worldly quality of The Skids agitpop anthems that their formative idol, Iggy Pop, recently mistook them for a brand new Californian punk band on his BBC 6 Radio show (before issuing an indignant apology on air, in classic Iggy fashion).

The Skids played their first gig on 19th August 1977 at the Bellville Hotel in Pilmuir Street, Dunfermline. Within six months they had released the Charles EP on the No Bad record label.

Guitarist and co-writer Stuart Adamson left the band after the recording of their third (and most commercially successful) album The Absolute Game in 1980. He went on to scale new heights as Big Country’s frontman, while The Skids continued on for one more LP release before calling it a day at their peak in 1982. Its constituent members moved on to new chapters of their career, with Jobson later breaking into the worlds of film and literature.

The exhibition also looks at the career of Jobson – musician, poet, film maker, author and broadcaster, and visitors will be able to see some of his work in these mediums.

A series of talks and celebratory events will also be held in celebration of the band’s history. Local music venue PJ Molloy’s are promoting a Skids convention which invites fans to participate in Q&A sessions taking place at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries and social events, acoustic sessions and film screenings around the town. The convention takes place at the end of Festival of Museums week on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th May.

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Skids Convention 2018

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

We are delighted to welcome you all to our hometown for a special weekend of one off events you do not want to miss.

Over the weekend you will get a chance to:

* Watch and hear Burning Cities played Live in it's entirety for the one and only time

* Walk through the Skids Exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Museum with the band

* Watch the premiere of Documentary as we embarked on our 40th Anniversary tour around the UK

* Listen to extracts from Richard's new autobigraphy 'Into The Valley' and Q&A

* Live acoustic session with the back catalogue and band talking about the song structure and how they were born

* Meet up for a Gin with the band in The Old Town Barber Club

There will be many more opportunities over the weekend to meet up and chat with the band in a relaxed environment as well as special one off memorabilia commissioned for the Convention.

Tickets are available now:…/the-skids-convention-201…/8114485

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Posted on March 7, 2018 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Skids & Big Country

Summerhall Courtyard - Edinburgh

Tuesday 19th June 2018

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The Speed of Life

Posted on February 25, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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The Speed of Life will also be available from the merchandise stall at shows and the convention.

Scared to Dance - Released 39 Years ago Today

Posted on February 24, 2018 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Skids announce first ever convention in Dunfermline

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Photo courtesy Jim Payne

MAY can’t come soon enough for fans of Dunfermline legends The Skids after the band announced their first ever convention.

For one weekend only, they will be able to meet their heroes in an intimate hometown setting to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary.

The convention starts on Saturday, May 19, coinciding with the opening of a special exhibition at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries which will showcase the history of the now five-piece.

Two live shows will be performed at PJ Molloys on both the Saturday and Sunday, with lead singer Richard Jobson reading extracts from his new novel, Into the Valley, and taking questions at the galleries.

The first showing of The Skids documentary, which followed the band on their 40th anniversary tour around the UK, will also be screened throughout the weekend.

The Old Town Barber Club in Maygate will also be converted into a gin bar, with drinks being served on the Sunday.

Jobson told the Press in January of the convention: “This is going to be such a great event for our fans and ourselves. We’re really looking forward to the shows, exhibition, documentary and the gin bar as well.

“The whole street from PJ’s down to the barbers, with the library in between, will be brilliant. It’s a very exciting time. If you had told me years ago that this convention would be happening after a 40th anniversary tour and a new album, I wouldn’t have believed you.

“Burning Cities has been received so well, and I feel that fans have connected with the songs very quickly. It’s intense and fun for us to play.”

Both Calum Miller and Calum Traynor, of PJ Molloys and Weekend Revolution, are involved in organising the convention.

The former said: “It’s such an exciting time for Skids fans. Their 40th anniversary comeback has been hugely successful and they’ve received nationwide acclaim for not only the tour, but their new album, too.

“The Saturday night gig in PJ’s will be the one and only time they play Burning Cities in it’s entirety from start to finish.

“This is for all the fans that are loving seeing the band play live after all these years in a completely different way. They’ll be able to get up-close and personal with the band, speak to them and see them in this new light.

“The whole band will be accessible over the weekend, socialising in Dunfermline’s bars and restaurants and just having fun with their fans; that’s the crux of this weekend.

“This is an opportunity to hang out with the band for one great weekend.

"Both Calum and myself are honoured to be a part of this Skids family. Growing up in Dunfermline, we’ve followed their music for years and to have them rehearse in PJ’s now, it’s incredible for us.

A full schedule of the May 19/20 weekend is available, along with tickets, online at Ticketweb.

Tickets cost £50 and exclusive merchandise will be sold on both days.

Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Isle of Wight Festival 2018 - Get Ready - Skids are Coming

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Glasgow St Pauli and United Glasgow

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

United Glasgow Football Club and the Glasgow St Pauli Supporters Club proudly present a night of outstanding live music this coming August. The profits of the concert will be split between United Glasgow FC and the Scottish Refugee Council

The Skids' Richard Jobson will compere the event and will perform an exclusive solo set on the night, following on from sold out shows all over Scotland and fresh from a summer gig at the Kelvingrove Bandstand with the rest of the band.

Los Fastidios, The Wakes and Mick Hargan & the Vintage Apollo's will also perform on the night with more still to be added.

Where: Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, Glasgow G12 8QN

When: 5th August 2018 5pm - 11pm

Tickets will go on sale for £15 on Wednesday 28th February from UGFC, GSP and Tickets Scotland.

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Posted on February 11, 2018 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 Friday 24th August 2018

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The first Dunedin Chapter Rally was held in 1997. Apart from one year, it has been held in Aviemore on the last weekend in August.

It is run by Dunedin HOG Chapter in partnership with Edinburgh Harley Davidson, Dunedin’s sponsoring dealership.

The rally attracts over 10,000 visitors to the Aviemore and Speyside area during the weekend. Year on year the Rally has grown from strength to strength and attracts headline acts as well as local entertainers.

We work with the local community to put on what has been described as the best Chapter run HOG Rally in Europe.

16 Years of Alcohol

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Richard Jobson will be signing copies of his book "16 Years of Alcohol" @ Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline between 3.00pm and 4.30 pm on Friday 9th February 2018.