Scocha boys go Scattyboo over Scotland’s national drink

Scocha at the 02 academy in Glasgow.
Scocha at the 02 academy in Glasgow.

SCOCHA’S Iain Scott is hoping a song on the band’s latest album inspired by Scotland’s favourite drink will prove a phenomenal hit.

front cover of Scocha's latest album, Scattyboo.

front cover of Scocha's latest album, Scattyboo.

Scattyboo is the Hawick Folk ’n’ Roll group’s fifth record and includes Irn Bru, which has already become a fans’ favourite.

Iain, a lot better known as Scottie, told Southern Life: “We got permission from the company to use the soft drink’s name on the album.

“It is the second most downloaded song on the album. It is a really catchy song and I think eventually Irn Bru will want to use it.”

Scocha have come a long way since Iain and David Chapman, much better known as Chappy, released Bordering On 10 years ago.

Now they boast a full band with Phil Clayton, Alan Brydon and Dougie Anderson completing the quintet.

And Iain thinks the current line-up has contributed to their best – and most long awaited – record to date.

He added: “We have received hundreds of downloads on iTunes already and pre-orders on our website, which is great.

“It has been such a long time in the making, mainly because we have five members now in the band and are gigging all the time.

“But I am really pleased with the final product and I think it is two or three steps up from the last album.

“We had no full-time drummer on the last album, but now we have Dougie Anderson and it feels like we are a more polished band.”

Putting together the record was not a straightforward process for the Borders College lecturer, with a near-20 hour shift needed to get it ready for release this month.

Scottie added: “The CD was due to be finished for Friday and our sound engineer, Ian Ballantyne from Paxton, who I see as our sixth member, came across to Hawick at noon on Wednesday to complete the final mixes.

“It was not until 7.35am the next day that we got finished. But I am really pleased, particularly as it is all original material apart from one song.”

That song is based on Will Oglivie poem The Raiders, but Scattyboo’s highlight is the haunting On The Road To Passchendaele, written by Brydon along with piper Gavin Stoddart MBE.

He told us: “The great thing is everybody has written at least one song, although most of the writing has comes from Alan. He has the ability to write songs in his sleep.

“Gavin Stoddart is one of the top pipers around and Darren Fisher, son of Jimmy Fisher of Rocking Horse who played on Gie’d It Sum Wellie, also played side drums on the song.

“Darren is only a young lad, but is a great musican.”

A wide range of influences can be heard throughout Scattyboo, likely to feature strongly in Scocha’s setlist for future gigs in Kelso, Galashiels and Selkirk next February and their appearance at Hawick Reivers Festival.

There is the toe-tapping opener Burke and Hare, about the gruesome Edinburgh grave robbers, to Chappy’s dreams of playing football for Scotland as a young Teri in Jumpers For Goalposts.

But Scocha never forget their homeland, as This Is Our Borderland indicates, bound to prove a hit during next summer’s Borders festival season.

And the final track, Scotland Calling, is an anthemic tune which Scottie expects will become the band’s closing song at their live shows.

The new album will ensure that Scocha’s popularity continues into their 11th year and beyond.

Scattyboo is on sale now in Soundstation (Galashiels), The Luckenbooth (Selkirk), Merlin Music (Melrose), Spences and Little Shop (both Hawick). It is also available to order from www.scocha.co.uk or iTunes.

TheSouthern has two copies of Scattyboo to giveaway. To win, answer this question:

What soft drink do Scocha sing about on Scattyboo?

To enter, send your answer, name, full address and phone number by email to kenny.paterson@tweeddalepress.co.uk or post to Scocha Competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA by Thursday, January 5.

Usual Southern rules apply.