We are thrilled to be hosting a return visit by local music celebrity Hamish Stuart.
Hamish, a member of the Average White Band from 1972 to 1982, went on to work with Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and David Sanborn. He wrote Atlantic Starr's 1986 hit "If Your Heart Isn't in It" and songs for Smokey Robinson, Jeffrey Osborne, George Benson and Diana Ross. He went on to join Paul McCartney's band (where he switched between guitar and bass as necessary with McCartney) for McCartney's 1989 comeback album, Flowers in the Dirt, and appeared on several other albums as well as playing for McCartney's world tours of 1989 and 1993.
After collaborating on numerous albums for other artists, he recorded his first solo album, Sooner or Later, in 1999, 17 years after leaving the Average White Band, which he released on his own record label, Sulphuric Records. Apart from playing with his own group, the Hamish Stuart Band, and with his fellow Glaswegian guitarist and friend Jim Mullen, Hamish also produced Gordon Haskell and the Swedish singer-songwriter Meja.
In 2006 and 2008 Hamish toured as the bass player with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band; and in 2007, he produced and appeared as a guest vocalist on the album All About the Music, by The All Stars Collective. Along with partner Claire Houlihan and friend Tom Sutton-Roberts, Hamish curates the annual mOare Music Festival in Oare.