Stu has been in the music business for over 25 years. His first ever pro gig was at the Star Folk Club in Glasgow at the tender age of 16....he was paid £2!
Two years later, Stu was fronting Fife rock outfit Wind Force 11. Moving to St.Andrews, he joined folk trio Schiehallion and toured the folk clubs of the Central Belt. A move to Germany followed and he formed folk duo The Lowlanders with guitarist Dave Sobey. This successful group toured the Low Countries and featured on BFBS radio. They supported The Corries and Harvey Andrews.
On his return from Germany, Stu was solo once again, appearing in various folk and social clubs. In 1985 he re-formed Schiehallion with Paul Lawrence and John Garroch. Together they toured the clubs and appeared as regulars at the Lossie Folk Festival. 1989 brought another move to Rutland in England where, irritated by the clandestine nature of the English folk scene, he founded the Hole In The Wall Folk Club in Stamford.
This hugely popular club ran for 5 years, expanding into a blues, jazz and cajun club and featuring guests such as Lindisfarne, The Whisky Priests and Vin Garbut.
Stu then spent several months in the Falkland Islands where he played such obscure venues as Port Stanley Folk Club and the flight deck of a destroyer.
Returning to the UK, he rejoined Paul Lawrence as the popular rock/pop combo, Revival. For the next four years they enjoyed great success in the North East Playing at hundreds of different venues.
In 1999 Paul and Stu went their seperate ways, with Stu opening Spook Music and forming BedHead with wife Hazel.
Stu is not just an ugly face! He holds an honours degree in Biology and biochemistry and is a graduate of the Institute of Biology.
He plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello(?) and a little bit of keyboards. He was trained as a tenor and appeared in various operas.
A former choir girl, Hazel is relatively new to the pub/club scene. She joined BedHead at the prompting of husband Stu and is proving to be a powerful and versatile vocalist.
Hazel has a more classical musical background, playing piano, violin and clarinet. Her musical training has been a great asset when creating BedHead's backing tracks.
She has been very active in theatre, appearing in plays and musicals. She has also won prizes for directing and producing.
A tall and attractive girl, she has great stage presence, providing a focal point and balancing Stu's bluesy vocals and raucous guitar work.
She and Stu met when they both appeared in panto together.
Hazel is an undergraduate, reading philosophy.
She suffers from the debillitating illness, chronic fatigue syndrome and in her early days in BedHead was barely able to stand let alone sing. With typical pluck, she soldiered on and is much better these days.
Hazel is not above rocking it up and her version of Joan Jett's, I love rock and roll, is guaranteed to shake the rafters.
Hazel also runs her own kiltmaking business. Visit her site at www.celtickilts.net
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