‘Rare treat’ for music fans at Cumbernauld’s Corbies

ON Friday, the Twa Corbies will be presenting an unusual gig as Independence come to the stage.

Local music promoter Jock Barnson describes Independence as a “band’s band” who rarely play pubs, making their Corbies appearances this week and in December something of a rare treat.

Independence are Alex York on keyboard and lead vocals, Jimmy Johnston on bass, Stephen Gallagher on guitar, Paul Ross on guitar and bass, Alan Tinto on guitar and sax and Paul Harris on drums, with everyone except Paul also doing backing vocals.

They have hosted the Glasgow Jam Session at Sammy Dows’ for the last 12 years, in partnership with Rock Radio.

The band was formed by Alex York along with other musicians who were tired of the club circuit and being asked to “play a wee quickstep”.

Stephen Gallagher from Cumbernauld, was the latest to join the band, replacing Jim Kielt who formed the Halos. In 2005 Independence recorded an album of 10 original tracks, called If Only Dreams Came True, which has since enjoyed steady sales.

The band is usually only seen at Sammy Dows, but Jock has lured them to Cumbernauld to make a couple of appearances before Christmas.

Their set will include covers of Bon Jovi, Ac/dc, Bad Company, The Cars, Frankie Miller, Robin Trower and Queen.

Doors open at 8.00pm and entry is just £3 on the door - but organisers advise you get there early!