Balfron High pupils are set to star on stage with hot new boy band

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Three schoolgirls from Balfron High are set to star on stage with Scotland’s hottest new boy band.

Evelyn Martin, Shannon McLean and Lucy Howie, all members of folk band Dave and the Turtles, and have been playing together for three years since meeting in music class.

Now the 16-year-olds are to support Scotland’s newest singing stars, Rewind, at a one-off show in Killearn Village Hall in aid of former Celtic footballer John Hartson’s cancer charity.

Rewind – whose recent gigs have included supporting Conor Maynard and Little Mix – are playing the exclusive gig on Thursday, August 14, after becoming ambassadors for the John Hartson Foundation, which was set up by the ex-Hoops hero following his life-threatening battle with testicular cancer in 2009.

The boys - Kieran Hepburn, James McElvary, Ryan Donaldson and Lewis Irons from Glasgow, and Jack Robertson from Edinburgh – have thrown their support behind the charity despite a hectic schedule which has seen them perform at radio roadshows, festivals and live events at some of the country’s top venues.

When they switched on Clydebank’s Christmas lights, they had to be escorted back to their car by police after they were surrounded by screaming fans.

Rewind have also helped launch the John Hartson Foundation’s search for a star talent contest to find a lucky act who will have the chance to perform at the first ever John Hartson Foundation ball later this year. The winner will be on the same bill as ex-Westlife singer Brian McFadden, X Factor star Nicholas McDonald and Rewind.

Dave and the Turtles singer Evelyn, who lives in Drymen, met the band and X Factor finalist Nicholas when they helped launch the talent contest open audition, which takes place in Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel on Sunday, August 17.

She said: “We’re really excited to be supporting Rewind but terrified at the same time! So far we have played mainly local gigs and community events and it will be fun to be involved in the gig while supporting a great cause.”

Dave and the Turtles had another big date during the Commonwealth Games as they took to the stage at Glasgow Green for the Big Big Sing on Sunday, July 27, after winning a national songwriting competition.

Their quirky name came about after Shannon called her ukulele Dave and wore ‘lucky’ turtle-shaped earrings during performances. Turtle-shaped jewellery has now become the girls’ trademark.

Tickets for the Rewind gig cost £15 per person. Attendees must be aged ten or over and under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Book now by emailing

For further details about the search for a star open audition or the ball,