Born in Clydebank, a Scottish
town famous for ocean liners and Singers.
My ancestry claims titled Gaelic harpers and a granny with an angelic
voice. Childhood was dazzled by foxtrots,
razzled by quick steps and rock 'n rolled by hit records from which
I was taught to dance by my mother and sisters. I graduated to the university
of life just as beatniks and mods challenged rockers and drunks for
music supremacy. Songs crafted by experience are the spirit of my soul.
Glasgow city with its bright
lights and smoky hallowed dance halls was my teenage hunting ground
until moving to London. But
hippie philosophy succeeded yuppie ethics and I returned to juggling
jobs in Glasgow until opening a record shop. Poor profits & mindless
punks took me to Aberdeen where a regular wage temporarily oiled the
wheels of family life. When family and job slipped away I fled with
my guitar and creativity to a remote highland croft to write songs and
a musical 'Turnaround':
With the band 'West Highland All-Stars'.
Glen Miller, Jimmy Shand, Gene
Krupa, Hank Williams, Fats Domino, Elvis, Dave Clark Five, Beatles,
Stones, Chris Farlow, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Pathfinders, Temptations,
Pink Floyd, Cannonball Adderley, Prince Buster, Moody Blues, King
Crimson, Link Wray, Stockhausen, Frank
Zappa, Stravinsky, Capt Beefheart, Miles Davis, Santana,
Sonny & Brownie and Stomu Yamashta.
Got a job working on the 1st 'Highlander'
movie as a rigger and the experience inspired to make videos:'Turnaround,
Clydeoscope, Dagoll Dagom and Clydesider,' all were broadcast on
TV but hard work for little reward took me back to music. Having
written over 70 songs I began collecting songs into albums: 'The
Crucial Element', 'Turnaround' (the movie); 'Back Tae
Yer Hoots' (traditional and original Scottish songs inspired by
Aberdeen's 'Old Blind Dogs' who stayed with me during their early recordings.
I guested on their 'Tall Tails' album and they on 'The
Road to Metaluna' songs busked on Glasgow streets by day and
in pubs at night.
In 1994 I teamed up with musicians
Andy Burt & Stewart Wilson to form 'Headland'
and produced our debut album 'Social Animals'. Taking a 4 year
sabbatical I studied at Glasgow University for an MA in Scottish Studies
graduating in 1999. To keep abreast of new opportunities
in digital music distribution I became interested in IT
and founded scotsmusic.com to promote
Scotland's musicians on the Web.
Can, John Martyn, Taj Mahal, Lee Perry, Tim Buckley,
Bob Marley, Guy Clark, Ry Cooder, J J Cale, Sex Pistols, The Clash,
30 Footers, John Lee Hooker, Steve Forbett, Peter Green, Frankie Miller,
Randy Newman, Nina Simone, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Seger, The Tremons,
Matt McGinn, Maggie Bell, Leonard
Cohen, Davy Cattanach, Jonny Hardie, Iain F Benzie, Bill McRae,
is a collection of old and new songs recorded during the winter of
2003 - 2004 and released Autumn 2004, followed by 'Kailyard'
a collection of traditional Scottish songs with a modern twist released
early 2004. I recorded a version of 'The Bonniest Lass' with ace fiddler
Jonny Hardie for his solo album 'Lucky Jonny' released 2005. The same
year I updated the 'Turnaround'
project with new recordings of the original songs as a soundtrack
for a future radio production. This was followed by; 'Kelvingroove'
(2007), Em! (2009), 'Songmaker' ( 2010) Kelvin Deltas
(2011) and Banana Moon released 2013. Mp3's from these albums can
be accessed on the web by clicking here or
are available for sale by emailing me direct using the address below.
Nick Cave, Rev Doc, Old
Blind Dogs, Davy Spillane, Ravi Shankar, Andy Burt,
Alex Harvey, Hamish Henderson, Scott Skinner, Lady Nairne, & Robert
Jackie Leven, Pictones, Gillian Welch, Annie
Grace, Gavin Marwick, Sheila Stewart, Craig Armstrong & Emile