Friday 29 April 2022, 19:30 PM



Friday, 29 April 2022



The Skids

Pavilion Theatre | Whitby Pavilion


Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson. Interview requests taken


 “The buzz generated by the return of the Skids to the nationwide tour circuit has created enough electricity to power a small town. An immense, stunning performance -the same as every date on this tour it seems”. (Ged Babey, Louder Than War)


‘Peaceful Times’ - new acoustic album released 28th June


In 2017, a new Skids album -  ‘Burning Cities’ - received fantastic acclaim a decade on from their previous reformation in 2007 and 40 years since the bands formation. This was followed by their ‘Live In London’ album, recorded with a delirious sell-out crowd at the legendary London Roundhouse. Singer Jobson said of ‘Burning Cities’:

“I’m incredibly excited about this album. This music is at the heart of everything our band is about: truth, revolution, loud guitars and a refusal to keep quiet as the establishment tries to smother chances for anyone other than its own.”

The response to the Skids gigs continues to be phenomenal! The band were also very proud recipients of a Great Scot Award in 2018.

The Skids formed in 1977 in their hometown of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their third single  ‘Into the Valley’ reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.




The idea for bands’ new acoustic album, ‘Peaceful Times’ grew out of what Richard Jobson called

“this happy madness” since 2017: “Bruce and I played a few songs acoustically at a charity night in our hometown of Dunfermline. This was something I thought could never be done. These songs were written to be played with electric guitars after all. But the songs had a different power when played acoustically, a new energy. For the first time ever the words were centre stage and we found new melodies and arrangements for songs that for the people who cared might have thought would be impossible.


The intimacy of the recordings re-introduce the songs with my voice at their heart with a genuine vulnerability and honesty. I’m not the greatest of singers but those qualities are something to be proud of especially in an era where they might be regarded as being pointless. I don’t think so. I hope you agree.”

‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’ ‘live’ in London: