Jake’s off the wall career

Jake Scott former bass guitarist with Writing on the Wall who is now starting out as a stand up story teller and comedian.
Jake Scott former bass guitarist with Writing on the Wall who is now starting out as a stand up story teller and comedian.

A FORMER bassist in a Scottish rock group who played alongside Pink Floyd and The Kinks has reinvented himself as a stand up comedian in Galashiels.

Jake Scott from Coldstream performs at Moondogs Cafe on Monday and will include stories from his time on the road with Writing On The Wall.

The 67-year-old was part of the now cult Edinburgh band who were active from 1967 to 1973.

They caught the eye of legendary DJ John Peel and recorded a BBC session, as well as playing alongside a host of big names.

The sextet also played with Wishbone Ash, The Byrds and Arthur Brown, and performed hundreds of gigs including two residencies at London’s Marquee Club and many appearances in the Borders.

And Jake and Co also made it to Brazil in their six-year career together.

Their only album, Power of the Picts, released in 1969, is now valued at £250 and was recently described in a classic rock magazine as “Floyd meets early Black Sabbath”.

Discussing his move into comedy storytelling, Jake said: “Me and my wife used to go to dinner parties and I used to tell people some stories from my days in the rock industry and famous people I had played with.

“I used to get people saying ‘You should write a book’ which I often thought about, but it has been done so many times before.

“I then heard of other artists in similar situations to myself who now introduce a song with a story from their careers.

“I thought I would do a stand-up routine where I would talk about my first-time experiences, not just in music.”

Jake also spent 23 years as a gardener at Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, and has plenty tales of his time meeting tourists and answering their interesting questions.

But it is his time with Writing On The Wall which will grab most attention.

Jake added: “I have great memories of Writing On The Wall. To come from the background I did and achieve what I did was great, without making any money.

“I spoke to a young band in Kelso recently and I told them I would never have seen the places I had without a guitar. I just would not have been able to afford to go to countries like Brazil.”

Anyone who wishes to perform poems, tell stories or sing is invited to take part in Moondog’s First Time show at 7pm.