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Friday, 29 November 2019

Iain Sutherland (vocals / guitar)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Iain Sutherland was born on November 17th, 1948 in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Along with his brother Gavin, they developed a joint career that gave great albums and memorable songs, such as ´Sailing´ (a huge success by Rod Stewart) or ´Arms of Mary´.


THE MYSTERIES


The Mysteries is the first band I´ve been able to trace featuring Iain Sutherland, but I haven´t any other info:

THE MYSTERIES #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help!


A NEW GENERATION


Iain and Gavin played for the first time together in a band called A New Generation:

A NEW GENERATION #?
?
êThe Mysteries
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, bass
Christopher Kemp
keyboards, vocals
John Wright
drums
Sutherland Brothersê
Sutherland Brothersê

They released 3 singles during 1969-70, before Iain & Gavin forming a duo, appropiately called Sutherland Brothers.



SUTHERLAND BROTHERS


Fresh from the band A New Generation, brothers Iain and Gavin formed the Sutherland Brothers:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar

The Sutherland Brothers soon expanded to a quartet:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Kim Ludman
bass
Neil Hopwood
drums

Around August 1972, The Sutherland Brothers were then a trio:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
1972
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, bass
Neil Hopwood
drums

As you can guess, Sutherland Brothers was a duo formed by brothers Iain & Gavin Sutherland. Now merged with Quiver, the new team consisted of:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
êQuiver
êQuiver
êQuiver
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Bruce Thomas
bass
Peter Wood
keyboards
John ´Willie´ Wilson
drums

Their first album as this new unit was Dream kid, produced by Muff Winwood (from Spencer Davis Group fame).

When Bruce Thomas leaves Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Tex Comer came to play with the band for a while, although he was still a member of Ace:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Peter Wood
keyboards
John ´Willie´ Wilson
drums

By the time of their second album, Beat of the street, also produced by Muff Winwood, Gavin handles bass duties:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, bass
Peter Wood
keyboards
John ´Willie´ Wilson
drums

New changes for the third album, Reach for the sky, as Peter Wood leaves the band:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, bass
John ´Willie´ Wilson
drums

Produced by Ron & Howard Albert, it has the guest collaboration of David Gilmour (from Pink Floyd) on steel guitar.

Next album was called Slipstream. It includes the collaboration of Albhy Galuten (keyboards), a name usually associated with Bee Gees. This will lead Tim to several sessions, as we'll read... The album also features Flaco Pedron on percussion.

Tim and John left the band in 1976, after several world tours (one of them supporting Elton John), but they still played in a new album, Down to Earth. Recorded with lots of musicians and friends, we can find here: Tim Renwick (guitar), Mick Grabham (guitar), Ray Flacke (guitar), Andy Pyle (bass), Rick Wills (bass), John 'Rabbit' Bundrick (keyboards), John 'Willie' Wilson (drums), Brian Bennett (percussion, from The Shadows), John Shearer (percussion, later in Byron Band).

After they left, the brothers returned to the name The Sutherland Brothers.

This was the great backing band for The Sutherland Brothers in October 1977:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
1977
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, bass
Mick Weaver
keyboards
John ´Willie´ Wilson
drums
John Shearer
drums

In March 1978, the new backing band for The Sutherland Brothers was made of mostly American musicians:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
1978
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Richie Zito
guitar
Bob Glaub
bass
Bill Smith
bass
Mike Baird
drums

And another edition of The Sutherland Brothers live band from September to October 1979, as always with great players:

SUTHERLAND BROTHERS #?
Sep 79-Oct 79
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Gavin Sutherland
vocals, guitar
Steve Simpson
guitar
Chrissie Stewart
bass
Mick Weaver
keyboards
Billy Rankin
drums

Other info on members of Sutherland Brothers (I know up to 19 members)
Already covered (2): Terry ´Tex´ Comer, Tim Renwick
Old pages (4): Steve Simpson, Gavin Sutherland, Mick Weaver, Peter Wood
To be covered (12): Mike Baird, John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Bob Glaub, Neil Hopwood, Kim Ludman, Billy Rankin, Alan Ross, John Shearer, Bill Smith, Chrissie Stewart, John ´Willie´ Wilson, Richie Zito


IAIN SUTHERLAND BAND


After the demise of The Sutherland Brothers, Iain Sutherland started a solo career, with some albums on his own, but I haven´t been able to find any info about the musicians backing him:

IAIN SUTHERLAND BAND #?
?
Iain Sutherland
vocals, guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Iain is mentioned as lyricist in Gary Brooker's album Echoes in the night (1985, with Tim Renwick, Eric Clapton, Matthew Fisher, Rory Gallagher, John Giblin, Henry Spinetti, B.J. Wilson).

In 1990, Iain Sutherland and Steve Hackett (ex-guitarist from Genesis) assembled an all-star band called Rock against Repatriation. It was a charity project for people from Vietnam. The single was ´Sailing´, and the musicians included the members of Marillion (with Ian Mosley), Brian May (from Queen), Steve Hackett (with his band), Simon Phillips, The Moody Blues, Godley & Creme, Paul Carrack, Phil Manzanera, Mike Rutherford, Bonnie Tyler, Mark King, Curt Smith, Judy Tzuke, Pino Palladino, Jim Diamond, and the London Chamber Orchestra, among others.


Iain Sutherland sadly passed away on November 25th, 2019. Thanks for all your music, Iain!

   4 BANDS (WITH 12 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
A New Generation   
Other info on members of A New Generation (I know up to 2 members)
Old pages (1):Gavin Sutherland
Iain Sutherland Band  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Mixed - Iain Sutherland (1983)

  • Learning to dance - Iain Sutherland (1985)

    • Members: (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Guests: Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland + Dave Mattacks, Dave Pegg (RIP: Dick Morrissey)
    • Comments: Here we have Tim playing again with his old bandmates: Iain Sutherland (guitar, vocals), Gavin Sutherland (backing vocals, percussion), Tim Renwick (guitar), Dave Pegg (bass), Dave McGarry (keyboards), the late Dick Morrissey (sax) and Dave Mattacks (drums).
    Sutherland Brothers & Quiver   
    Other info on members of Sutherland Brothers & Quiver (I know up to 2 members)
    Old pages (1):Gavin Sutherland
    Sutherland Brothers  8 RECORDINGS:
  • The Sutherland Brothers Band - Sutherland Brothers (1972)

    • Members: Neil Hopwood, Kim Ludman, Gavin Sutherland (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Producer: Muff Winwood
  • Dream kid - The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver (1973)

    • Members: Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland, Bruce Thomas, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland, Peter Wood)
    • Producer: Muff Winwood
    • Comments: CD reissue has two bonus tracks, ´Silver Sister´, and ´Don't Mess Up´.
  • Lifeboat - Sutherland Brothers (1973)

    • Members: John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland, Bruce Thomas, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland, Peter Wood)
    • Guests: Pat Donaldson, John Hawken, Dave Mattacks, Bob Ronga, Steve Winwood
    • Producer: Muff Winwood
  • Beat of the street - Sutherland Brothers (1974)

  • Reach for the sky - Sutherland Brothers & Quiver (1975)

    • Members: Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Guests: David Gilmour
    • Producer: Howard Albert, Ron Albert
  • Slipstream - Sutherland Brothers & Quiver (1976)

    • Members: Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Guests: Albhy Galuten, Nelson Flaco Padron
    • Producer: Howard Albert, Ron Albert
    • Technical: Mike Ross
  • Down to Earth - The Sutherland Brothers (1977)

    • Members: John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Tim Renwick, John Shearer, Gavin Sutherland, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Guests: Brian Bennett, Ray Flacke, Mick Grabham, Andy Pyle, Rick Wills
    • Producer: Bruce Welch
    • Comments: This band commanded by Gavin Sutherland (bass, vocals) and Ian Sutherland (guitar, vocals), comprised at this period the fine Tim Renwick (guitar), and Mick Grabham´s former drummer, John 'Willie' Wilson. In this their last album as a band, they had help from Mick Grabham (guitar), Andy Pyle (bass), Rick Wills (bass), and John Shearer (percussion, later in Steve Hackett band and Byron Band).
    • My opinion: SutherlandBrothers-DownToEarth.jpg
  • When the night comes down - The Sutherland Brothers (1979)

    • Members: Mike Baird, Bob Glaub, Gavin Sutherland, Richie Zito (RIP: Iain Sutherland)
    • Guests: Steve Forman, Jim Horn, Steve Porcaro, William ´Smitty´ Smith
    2 COMPILATIONS:
  • Sailing - Sutherland Brothers (1976)

  • The Very best of - Sutherland Bros & Quiver (2002)

    • Members: Tim Renwick, Gavin Sutherland, Bruce Thomas, John ´Willie´ Wilson (RIP: Iain Sutherland, Peter Wood)
    • Comments: This compilation contains not only songs by Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, but also from Sutherland Brothers (alone).
    Other info on members of Sutherland Brothers (I know up to 19 members)
    Already covered (2):Terry ´Tex´ Comer, Tim Renwick
    Old pages (4):Steve Simpson, Gavin Sutherland, Mick Weaver, Peter Wood
    To be covered (12):Mike Baird, John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick, Bob Glaub, Neil Hopwood, Kim Ludman, Billy Rankin, Alan Ross, John Shearer, Bill Smith, Chrissie Stewart, John ´Willie´ Wilson, Richie Zito

       1 ALBUMS AS PRODUCER:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Mickey Jupp Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Oxford - Mickey Jupp (1980)

  • Other info on members of Mickey Jupp Band (I know up to 34 members)
    Already covered (4):Dave Bronze, Terry ´Tex´ Comer, Mick Grabham, Mac Poole
    Old pages (1):Pat Donaldson
    To be covered (29):Paul Atkinson, Dave Barnes, The Big Figure, John Bobin, Mick Brownlee, Bob Clouter, Ed Deane, John Denton, Ian Duck, Bob Fish, John Gordon, Lester Gordon, Pete Gosling, Joe Jones, Mickey Jupp, Dennis Masterton, Dave Mattacks, Colin Maxwell, Frank Mead, Paul Mitchell, Phil Mitchell, John Pugh, Joy Sarney, Ron Telemacque, Pete The Hat,... up to 29 musicians.

       1 ALBUMS FOR 1 BANDMATES AND FRIENDS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Jonathan Kelly Band  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Wait till they change the backdrop - Jonathan Kelly (1973)

    • Members: Jonathan Kelly + Mark Griffiths, Tim Renwick
    • Guests: Gavin Sutherland, Bruce Thomas, John ´Willie´ Wilson + Roy Babbington, Ray Duffy, Juanita Franklin, Karen Friedman, Lennox James (RIP: Iain Sutherland, Peter Wood + Barry De Souza, Gary Moore, Michael Oliver)
    • Producer: Ken Scott
    • Technical: Dennis Mackay
    • Comments: Wait till they change the backdrop is Kelly´s 3rd solo album, and it includes Roy Babbington (bass), Mark Griffiths (bass), Barry De Souza (drums), Ray Duffy (drums), and the whole lineup by Sutherland Brothers & Quiver: Iain Sutherland (vocals), Gavin Sutherland (vocals), Tim Renwick (guitar on two tracks, flute on 1 track, and harmony vocals in 1 track), Bruce Thomas (bass), Peter Wood (keyboards), John 'Willie' Wilson (drums). On backing vocals: Thunder Thighs (that is: Casey Synge, Karen Friedman, Dari Lalou and Juanita Franklin). Plus one surprise: Gary Moore uncredited!
    Other info on members of Jonathan Kelly Band (I know up to 11 members)
    Already covered (2):Mark Griffiths, Tim Renwick
    To be covered (9):Kuma Harada, Chaz Jankel, Jonathan Kelly, Darryl Lee Que, Dave Sheen, Tim Staffell, Snowy White, Jeff Whittaker, Trevor Williams

       1 COLLECTIVE ALBUMS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    VVAA  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Sailing (SINGLE) - Rock Against Repatriation (1990)

    • Guests: Paul Carrack, Fish, Kevin Godley, John Hackett, Steve Hackett, Justin Hayward, Howard Jones, Nick Magnus, Phil Manzanera, Brian May, Paul Muggleton, Pino Palladino, Simon Phillips, Mike Rutherford, Judie Tzuke (RIP: Jim Diamond, Iain Sutherland)
    • Comments: In 1990, Iain Sutherland and Steve Hackett (ex-guitarist from Genesis) assembled an all-star band called Rock against Repatriation. It was a charity project for people from Vietnam. The single was 'Sailing', and the musicians included the members of Marillion (with Ian Mosley), Brian May (from Queen), Steve Hackett (with his band), Simon Phillips, The Moody Blues, Godley & Creme, Paul Carrack, Phil Manzanera, Mike Rutherford, Bonnie Tyler, Mark King, Curt Smith, Judie Tzuke, Pino Palladino, Jim Diamond, and the London Chamber Orchestra, among others.

    RELATED WEBSITE LINKS: 8


    Official site(s) - tell them you saw the link here:

    From the always interesting Alex's Picks (by Alex Gitlin), we have:

    From the superb site Knights in Blue Denim: The British Blues Scene '68 - '70 (by Christer Fridhammar & Vanja), we have:

    RELATED VIDEO LINKS: 5
    Disclaimer: I don´t own or upload any of the videos linked here. I just include links to live videos that are already available, in order to show the work of this musician. Anyway, if someone feels that some link shouldn't be included, please write me at the email address shown below. And if you know of more videos featuring Iain Sutherland, please, also write me with the link.
    THANKS:

    Very Special Thanks to:
  • Gavin Sutherland: for his kindness and help.

  • WHAT'S NEW:

    29/November/2019 - Page added to the blog.
    17/August/1999 - Original page written by me (in the old site).

    RELATED MUSICIANS:

    Iain Sutherland mostly worked with these musicians: (name + number of credits)
    Gavin Sutherland (14)
    Tim Renwick (10)
    John ´Willie´ Wilson (9)
    Peter Wood (5)
    Bruce Thomas (4)
    Muff Winwood (4)
    Dave Mattacks (3)
    Howard Albert (2)
    Ron Albert (2)
    John ´Rabbit´ Bundrick (2)

    Page created by Miguel Terol on: 17/August/1999 - Last modified on: 29/November/2019. If you want to contribute with info, please write to: molympus1@gmail.com

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