TWO decades of playing pubs, clubs, weddings and balls will come to an end later this month when Foxhat make their final public appearance.
Founded in 1991 by Jedburgh musicians, drummer Andy Whitecross and keyboard player Graham Gregg, the band will appropriately perform their swansong at the town’s Conservative Club on Saturday, September 24.
“The Tory club in Jedburgh was one of our first gigs and we always went down well there, so we’ve chosen it for our final gig,” explained Andy this week.
He told TheSouthern: “I always said that I would go on performing as long as I was enjoying it, and the fact is I am still enjoying it. But I’m 59 next week and it’s the physical exertion of playing drums and driving a band that really rocks that has taken its toll.”
And Andy is making sure he’s not tempted to return to the live music scene, having agreed that his kit should go to the Jedforest Instrumental Band after the Tory Club gig.
Graham, meanwhile, wants to spend more time with his children, while fellow founder member guitarist/vocalist Dave Bradshaw from Selkirk will be throwing all his musical efforts into his blues project Ruff Cut.
Bassist Der Anderson, who took over from original member Ken Clark 14 years ago, is playing with an Edinburgh-based band.
Andy told us: “We reckon we have played around 1,000 gigs over the last 20 years and we’ve had an amazing time.
“Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and we all agreed that now is a good time to bring the curtain down on what has been an amazing experience.”
Next Saturday’s gig, with support from Kim Brown, kicks off at 7.30pm and all are welcome.