The Cottonfield were formed as a duo in 1993 by Paul McGachie St John, and Paul Dunning.
1994 saw the release of the first EP - ‘Spirit of the Loom’, followed by the EPs - ‘Praying for Rain’, and ‘Magdalene’.
Playing literally all over Scotland in 1994 and 1995, they then became a four-piece by adding Susan Collins on bass and Aaron Fyvie on drums.
As a four-piece, they released the EP ‘Size of an Elephant’, followed by second EP ‘Another Time’ on the Fife Label Buzz Records, which was recorded at the legendary Cava Studios in Glasgow.
‘Another Time’ brought them radio play and critical acclaim. Highlights for the duo/band would include shows with Hue and Cry, The River Detectives, The Pearlfishers, and The Lost Soul Band, as well as shows in King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, the Adam Smith Theatre, Rothes Halls, and the Glen Pavillion in Dunfermline.
The band called it quits in the spring of 1996. St John is the now established folk artist Paul Saint John, lives in Philadelphia, USA, and released his first album, the critically acclaimed ‘Eleventeen’ last year.
Looking back on his time with The Cottonfield, he said: “It all started for us back in Kirkcaldy, playing the back room at Betty Nicols –happy days!”