Big Vern ‘n’ the Shootahs raised the roof at BBC

Popular Bearsden band Big Vern ‘n’ The Shootahs performed at BBC at the Quay as part the Commonwealth Games celebrations on Saturday, July 26.

The band, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, was the brainchild of Bearsden businessman Pete Smith who decided, following the death of a friend from meningitis, to arrange a charity night to raise money for the neurosurgical unit at a local hospital.

Bearsden brothers, bass guitarist Martin and singer David Bell, got a group of musicians together and they rehearsed a number of songs from the classic Blues Brothers film, which had been their friend’s favourite film before his untimely death at the age of just 21.

The band emerged from the tragedy and raised loads of cash for the cause at a charity night in the Glasgow School of Art.

Now a success with a legion of fans, they have performed hundreds of charity gigs throughout the past 20 years.

They are also performing at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre on Sunday, August 10, and will be celebrating their 25th anniversary of their first ever gig with a one-off gig/party on Saturday, November 22.

Martin said: “We’ll announce ticket details and plans in late April, so, get your diaries’ sorted, book the babysitter and help us to party in style.”