FP100 Fife bands 78. High Speed Grass

High Speed Grass
High Speed Grass

High Speed Grass was a product of the infamous Great Fife Road Show, a collection of talented musicians which included Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher and Barbara Dickson.

An “acoustic county bluegrass rock” group from Falkland, where it was formed around 1971, it featured members David Craig (fiddle and guitar), Robin McKidd (lead vocals, guitar), Ronnie Reid (bass, fiddle and guitar), Tom Harvey and Jim Hyndman, with Rab Noakes known to fill in on vocals occasionally.

The band played concerts, festivals, clubs and toured with Billy Connolly and Ralph McTell, and, after a split, reformed and released an album ‘Live ‘n’Pickin’.

Davie Craig on fiddle and guitar has been on the Fife and Scottish folk and Americana scene for many decades and also played with The Cupar Ceilidh Band, and Robin McKidd later played with the Balham Alligators as Robin Banks. Jim Hyndman is widely recognised as one of the best all-round musicians, and banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and voice are just a few of the instruments on which he excels, while Jim has played with Scalded Cats.

The band’s extensive repertoire included the music of Tex Ritter, Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan.