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Harmonium Hero What happened to the Leesiders? (20) RE: What happened to the Leesiders? 06 May 13


Yes, I can vouch for the fact that Pete Douglas married his Swedish girlfriend and moved to Sweden. Can't remember exactly when, but late '70s. The Leesiders - Pete and Bob when I saw them perform- split up in the early '70s, I think. Never really knew Bob (although Tom and I were featured on his Radio City folk show once), but Pete was MC at the Strand Ceilidh Club with the Radstock Band (me, Tom, Steve Burgess, Ross Ward and Charlie Brice) and the Acme Band (Mike Linden et al - still going strong) and resident caller the late Ray Cope. This ran for a few months in about 1972 or '73; proper ceilidh club with song spots from Pete, The Wakes (me and Tom) and floor singers. Pete was also MC/resident at McTavish's Kitchens in Oban for a few years in the '70s. Last time I saw him was in Sweden, in early 1979. I was there with Bill Bracken and various McTavish's musicians and dancers, doing a tour of Sara Hotels. We were in Boras for the first couple of nights, and Pete, who lived locally, came along and introduced us. We also met the aforementioned Swedish Wife. Haven't heard anything since, but Billy Bracken might know more. I'll ask.
John Kelly.

....Oh, yes; Pete sang one of my songs - Horse and Waggon (it's on my first CD, which, of course, you've all got) on Two-Way Family Favourites, on BBC Radio, around 1970.


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