FP100 Fife bands 62. The Ardennes

The Ardennes
The Ardennes

In Levenmouth, the Swingin’ Sixties saw a number of groups suddenly emerge into the spotlight, initially taking the stage on the bandstand up Letham Glen, the Drill Hall in Leven or the town’s Carlow Hall.

The Ardennes were a popular part of that scene, their name more than likely coming from the Arden area of Leven, rather than the region of north eastern France.

The line-up, which varied quite considerably, included Lex McKenzie (rhythm guitar / vocals ), Ian Duffin (lead guitar ), Frank Burns (keyboards), Hamish Hastie (bass), Brian Buist (drums), Richard Ligman (drums), James Robertson (vocals and sax).

Ian Elder also joined the fluid line-up and long after the curtain fell on that first wave of bands, he carried on as a singer/guitarist and was a regular at the Beach Hotel on Leven Prom.

There are few sketchy details of the band’s evolution but it is believed The Ardennes later morphed into Dum De Dum, supporting many big names on the Scottish circuit. Some members moved on to join Chris McLure and Beggars Opera.