FP100 Fife bands 20. The Young Front

The Young Front
The Young Front

They say if you can remember the sixties then you weren’t there.

But for the members of Kirkcaldy favourites The Young Front, getting to support The Who and Small Faces are memories that’d be pretty hard to forget.

Starting out as Shades Of The Night, influenced by the emerging beat scene they soon changed their name and quickly became affectionately known as The Y-fronts.

The popular five-piece were made up of James Hutchinson (bass) later replaced by Pete Blyth, Jim McCrae (rhythm guitar), John Mackay (vocals) – who became a long-serving advertising manager with the FFP – Tam Dryburgh (drums) and Miller Sword (lead guitar), who all lived within a mile of each other in the Lang Toun. Organist Bobby Ross joined once they were established.

Honing their craft and playing every gig they could muster the band secured the ‘plum’ Monday night residency at the newly established ‘Teen Nite’ at Kirkcaldy’s Raith Ballroom.

They performed a selection of Tamla Motown and R&B cover versions and gigged extensively across Fife and further afield from Montrose to Aberdeen appearing alongside the likes of Billy J. Kramer, The Poets, The Beatstalkers , Kooba and famously supported The Who at Perth City Hall.

The band broke up in 1968.