The Early Days: 1978 - 1979
BRU began playing in the winter of 1978, with their very
first booking being in the "Fishermans Arms" in Scalloway.
Little did anyone realise what the future would bring
for the band.
The line up on that memorable night was Gary Peterson
(mandolin, tenor banjo, drums), Davie Henry (vocals, mandolin,
tenor banjo), Brian Nicholson (guitar, electric guitar,
vocals) and Alec Johnson (bass guitar, vocals).
HOM BRU were probably the first “folk group”, as such,
in Shetland. However, in the beginning, the band had to
play half-and-half country songs and traditional material
to please the locals who were very much into country music,
and not so much into the traditional songs.
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