North-east musician celebrates new album

Gavin Sutherland
Gavin Sutherland

May saw the release of ‘Tango at The Lost Cafe, musician-songwriter Gavin Sutherland’s fourth solo album.

A founder member of The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver, a band who who had a number of hits and successfully toured the world back in the 70s, Gavin finally decided on the feel and mood of his new album after a random tango session at The Lost Cafe, near New Pitsligo.

Gavin said: “I had a good time, and, for no known reason, all the little bits and pieces of ideas I had just seemed to fall into place as I drove home that night.

“By the time I got home I had a rough sketch of the album in my head and I knew where it was going.”

Gavin was born and spent his early years in Peterhead before his family moved south of the border.

Many years later, Gavin returned to Aberdeenshire where he now looks after ARC Recording Studio in Mintlaw and continues to write songs and play guitar with friends old and new.

Gavin explained:“After years away from stages and audiences I was asked to play the The Coast Festival in Macduff and just thought, why not? So, with a little help from my friends, I put a band together and went for it.

“It was such good fun playing live again with my pals that I got a strong urge to get out there and play.”

To celebrate the album’s success, Gavin and his band will play songs from the album at the obvious choice of venue, The Lost Cafe, on Sunday, August 25.

The show starts at 7pm with local songwriters Leanne Smith and Daniel Mutch who will later join Gavin and his band for a few tunes.

Tickets cost £10 and are available only in advance from the Lost Cafe on 01771 653288 or online from emily@gavinsutherland.net.