THE SKIDS

“Memories fade, but some linger for a reason. The Skids  was the definitive part of my early life. A brilliant adventure into the world of creativity and adulthood”, reflected Richard Jobson recently, “ I was a kid when I joined the band in 1977 – 16 years old. By the time the adventure had run aground, I was a dazed and confused young man. We were fearless in the beginning, always trying new things and not afraid to be different in a musical world that was beginning to sound very derivative and safe. Contrary to the reports from people who were never near the centre of the band, Stuart Adamson and I got on very well – in fact for a long time we were very close. I enjoyed writing with him – he was generous and incredibly adaptable to my unmusical ideas. The Skids were not just another punk band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans. But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017 has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band? These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…there’s the new stuff! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”

SOMETHING OLD… The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’,The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.

The Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline.

Richard Jobson - Vocals

Bill Simpson - Bass/Vocals

Mike Baillie - Drum

Bruce Watson - Guitar/Vocals

Jamie Watson - Guitar/Vocals

#CURRENT TOUR DATES

DECEMBER 2019

Friday 6th The Limelight, Belfast with Big Country

Saturday 7th The Academy Dublin with Big Country

Tuesday 17th The Woodside, Aberdour, Scotland

‘An evening with Richard Jobson of the Skids - Songs and Stories” Featuring Bruce and Jamie Watson

Wednesday 18th  The Woodside, Aberdour, Scotland

‘An evening with Richard Jobson of the Skids - Songs and Stories” Featuring Bruce and Jamie Watson

Friday 20th Friday 20th SWG3 Glasgow, Scotland (DF Concerts) With Big Country

Saturday 28th  Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline Scotland With Big Country

MARCH 2020

Saturday 28th Scarborough Punk Festival

MAY 2020

Sunday 24th Stone Valley South Festival  (John Connor)

APRIL 2020

Monday 13th Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 

Tuesday 14th The Cheeses and Grain, Frome

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Wednesday 15th Portland House, Cardiff

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Thursday 16th Shoreditch Town Hall, London

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Friday 17th The Public Halls Harpendon. 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

 

Saturday 18th King Geoeges Hall, Blackburn 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Sunday 19th Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline,

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

JUNE 2020

Thursday 25th The Georgian, Stockton  (John Connor)

 

Friday 26th Cottingham (Details to follow)

Saturday 27th Stone Valley North Festival  (John Connor)

AUGUST 2020

Sunday 30th A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent.

OCTOBER 2020

Thursday 15th Date to be confirmed

 

Friday 16th Club Academy Manchester  (John Connor)

 

Saturday 17th Islington Academy, London  (John Connor)

Friday 23rd Robin 2, Wolverhampton  (John Connor)

Saturday 24th Concorde 2 Brighton  (John Connor)

NOVEMBER 2020

Thursday 5th Date booked in Scotland to be announced in April 2020 (Phil Walker)

 

Friday 6th Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh  (John Connor)

Saturday 7th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen  (John Connor)

Thursday 12th Epic Studios, Norwich

 

Friday 13th Recue Rooms, Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 14th The Brudenel, Leeds (John Connor)

Thursday 19th Date to be advised

 

Friday 20th Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (John Connor)

Saturday 21st 02 Accademy, Newcastle (John Connor)

Saturday 28th St Andrews Day Festival - The Brunton, Musselborough

DECEMBER 2020

Sunday 1st Richard Jobson performing with Big Country at The St Andrews Day Festival, Musselborough on stage approx 9.30pm 

 

Friday 18th Glasgow TBC (DF Concerts) with Big Country

Saturday 19th Glen Pavillion, Dunfermline (Callum) with Big Country

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