1980s pop band gets back together for a very good cause

David McAlister
David McAlister

The former guitarist from 1980s pop group The Deep Blue Sea is hoping to raise £50,000 for a cause close to his heart.

Original band member David McAlister (46) hit on the idea of recording 25 Years Afloat on The Deep Blue Sea after being asked to play at the funeral of the wife of former band-mate Craig Cameron, following her death in October 2010 from cancer aged only 43.

So far almost £2,000 has been raised for Macmillan Cancer Support from the sale of CDs.

The musician, originally from Dumfries, but who now lives in Milnavie with his wife and three children, managed to track down 15 former band mates who played in the band at differnent timed between 1982, until the group disbanded in 1997.

David, who now runs his own landscaping and contracting firm, said: “As a result of all the hard work we have managed to put together a CD of some of our favourite songs. We had a reunion lunch on June 20 to celebrate the launch.

“The whole project has cost a considerable amount, but has been wonderful and worth every penny, and we’re not looking to recover any costs. Macmillan told us that what we are doing is unprecedented, and so far we have raised more than £1500 for them.”

The original band members all met at Dumfries Academy in the early 1980s and David remembers the band’s style as rock pop - a cross between Del Amitri meets The Beatles, he said.

David said: “Key members from the original Dumfries Academy school days band line-up embraced the idea, having been tracked down after many years, and throughout the next 24 months the project gained momentum, taking on a life of its own.”

The band even jammed with Ray Wilson, of Genesis fame, who was in the year below them at school.

Another famous face David invited to the reunion lunch was archaeologist and broadcaster Neil Oliver, who was in the class above David at school.

He added: “I used to play table tennis against him and asked him to come along. He said he would love to but because of work commitments would find it impossible.

To buy a copy of the album or to make a donation go to the website www.ravensisnevar.com