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Caithness music stalwart to appear at Live Jive event in Thurso

By Gordon Calder

A STALWART of the Caithness music scene from the 1960s will be making a guest appearance at this weekend's Live Jive event in Thurso.

Robbie Manson, who played with local bands such as The Aktual Fakts and Umeandus, will be playing a 30-minute slot with the Barracuda Boogie Band at Sunday afternoon's gig at the Park Hotel.

Robbie was also a member of Aberdeen-based bands, The Haze and The Rhubarb when he was a student at Gray's College of Art in the city. They used to also play in Caithness.

After college Robbie was in many different groups and was a member of Desmond Dekker's band for a time.

Robbie lives in Norwich but regularly returns to Caithness on holiday and has played at Live Jive events in the past, including one with former Aktual Fakts band member Stefan Kocemba who now resides in the Aberdeen area.

Robbie Manson (right) when he played at Live Jive with Stefan Kocemba (left).
Robbie Manson (right) when he played at Live Jive with Stefan Kocemba (left).

Also making an appearance will be an Aberdeen-based band called Super Moodie Tuesday which features Dave Calder from Caithness and his mates.

They have played gigs in the granite city but this will be their first appearance in Caithness. They play what is described as "modern rock classics."

Among the other guests at the Live Jive will be Nancy Foggo, John and Jackie Newton as well as Andrew Polson.

Organiser and member of the Barracuda Boogie Band, Ian Sinclair, said the event will raise money for the North Highland Cancer Information and Support Centre which is based in Thurso.

"We hope we get a good crowd on Sunday. There will be a fine mix of music and we will be raising money for a good cause. Steve Hicks jivers will be also be in attendance so there will be a combination of live music and dancing and it does work well. Some people come along to listen to the music, others to dance and to support charity. We are now getting people from all over the north and have a regular crowd from Orkney, Golspie and Tain who come up for the jive. All in all it should be a good afternoon," he said.

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