FP100 Fife bands 85. Crooked Jack

Crooked Jack
Crooked Jack

Crooked Jack were renowned Scottish folk singer the late Dennis Alexander accompanied for more than 20 years by close friend John Gray.

Dennis on guitar and vocals, and John on bass guitar and harmony vocals were latterly accompanied by David Vernon on accordion and they played extensively around Scotland, the UK and New Zealand.

Dennis and John got together following a meeting at a gala day in the early 80s, and played at birthday and family celebrations, school proms, community events and weddings.

Crooked Jack were also well known for their children’s concerts which featured the ‘Skull Crushers Show’ and the ‘Giant Jeely Piece Show.’

Every year they toured New Zealand under the name Scotia’s Hardy Sons to emphasise their Scottish roots. It was a country they both loved, and Dennis continued the road trip right up until his death at the end of 2013.

Crooked Jack performed many Scottish songs, as well as their own compositions, with the ‘Sittin Doon Polka’ and the ‘Parachute Reel’ using a real parachute among the highlights. And all the music was interspersed with Dennis’ humorous tales, anecdotes and ditties which made them favourites the world over.