FP100 Fife bands 86. The Shadowland

The Shadowland
The Shadowland

The Shadowland were active in the late 80s/early 90s playing across Fife as well making a name for themselves on the Edinburgh scene.

The band consisted of Lee Valentine (Falkland) vocals/bass, Rod Spark (Dalgety Bay) organ/vocals, Dave Blair (Balmullo) guitar/vocals and Gary Bonar (Cupar/Kirkcaldy) drums and toured relentlessly playing across the UK and embarking on European tours.

They released two albums; the debut ‘Kaleidoscope’ was released early 1991 on the band’s own Groove Tunnel label and had a power-pop feel, but with the emergence of a strong dance element.

Follow up, ‘She’ was more 60’s pop with psychedelic moments.

The Shadowland also released two singles, ‘Smoke’ and ‘She’ on the Germany-based Twist Records.

The band did make it onto Mark Goodier’s playlist on Radio One and fleetingly featured on Channel 4’s The Word.

Despite enjoying positive reviews throughout their career the band finally called it a day in 1994 after relentless touring had taken its toll.

Organ player Rod would go on to work with some big names including P.P. Arnold, Ronnie Wood and Steve Craddock of Ocean Colour Scene.

The Shadowland got back together for a gig in Edinburgh in 2010.