Music like ours shouldn’t die ...

The Kinks
The Kinks

By Dawn Renton

On looking for the most interesting and obscure stories and adverts, I’ve come across ads for some big name bands that have paid a visit to Kirkcaldy and beyond.

Now, I’m talking bands such as the Zombies, T. Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex as they were called at the time), Gene Pitney, Marmalade, The Yardbirds, Robert Plant, the Kinks David Bowie, The Clash played the Kinema in Dunfernline.

I should also mention that The Beatles played the Carlton since everybody seems to remember this taking place. I’m not a fan so I couldn’t care a jot by the way.

My mum even saw The Bay City Rollers at Templehall Community Centre!

I could go on. The list is endless.

These adverts weren’t large or anything special just a few lines stating that this band or that were in town and where and when they would be playing.

Which now leads me to ask the question: What on earth happened to the music scene in Kirkcaldy?

Back in the day , Kirkcaldy had some fab venues to house live music.

There was the Burma which was down on the Esplanade and the Raith Ballroom along Links Street which is now a church.

And even the ice rink was used as a live music venue from time to time. Although that must have been mighty cold!

Other than a few places that are great to shimmy along to and see some good bands, nothing can compare to what it was like back in the 1960s and 70s.

Now, you’re probably thinking what would I know about the music scene from back then?

And you’d be right, but I love the music and the era of the 1960s. That’s when music was good!

I’ve often listened to my mum’s and my uncle J’s stories of what it was like to be young at the time and of the bands that they saw.

I can easily say that I think that I was born too late!

There are still a few of these bands kicking around and that still come and pay a visit to our neck of the woods.

Glenrothes played host to Herman’s Hermits as they played at Rothes Halls not that long ago and Dunfermline’s Alhambra is pretty good at having good music.

In fact, I saw Bill Wyman there last November and it was a great gig although I was easiest the youngest person there.

But to see these musicians when they were at the peak of their career must have been a sight to behold.

And of course I am insanely envious and in awe of anyone who saw them live!

But sadly times do change and nothing stays the same for ever, but I wish that Kirkcaldy still had this thriving music scene where bands fell over themselves to grace the stages of the town’s ever popular venues.

Other than it being great music wise, having well known and successful bands visit the town must have done wonders for the businesses as it would have brought fans from near and far to catch a glimpse of their idols.

Anybody who knows me well and even those that don’t, would know that I would love it if the Rolling Stones decided to shimmy on up and play in Kirkcaldy.

Or at the very least, I would settle for a gig somewhere in Fife.

But alas, I guess that would never happen apart from in my head, obviously.

There would be utter anarchy and no venue big enough in the Kingdom and tickets would sell out in mere seconds.

It would be epic though.

But a girl can dream can’t she?

So Sir Mick, if you’re reading this, I would highly appreciate a wee gig here in my hometown, if it isn’t too much trouble. I’m not asking a lot here, am I?

I would even stretch to buying you all a pint or two as a way of expressing my thanks.