Top gig for Girvan guitarist

EXCITED: Sarah Coloso and band await their Paralympic gig. Picture by Joe Roszkowski
EXCITED: Sarah Coloso and band await their Paralympic gig. Picture by Joe Roszkowski

A MUSICIAN from Girvan is tuning up for the spotlight having been given the chance to play at a once in a lifetime gig.

Harry Sheddon, 24, of 4 North Park Avenue, Girvan, said he was shocked find himself selected to play at the Olympic Park next month when the Paralympics are in full swing.

Bass player Harry, for whom music is “in the genes” - his grandfather, James Barclay Sheddon, having once been the music teacher at Girvan Academy, as well as a respected piano player and organist in the town – has been musical since his teens.

But it was not until his Dundee University days that he teamed up with singer and fellow student Sarah Gillespie, and formed what was to become the Sarah Coloso band.

Now a foursome, with the addition of drummer Andy Gavine and guitarist Nathan Kenyon, the group came to the attention of Olympic legacy company Somewhereto_ earlier this year.

But the pals little imagined it would lead to a spot at London 2012.

“We thought it was a joke to begin with, but it is just amazing,” admitted Harry. “It’s kind of surreal to be involved with it.

“A lot of people were quite sceptical about the Olympics being in London and whether other places could get involved with it, but this is showing the world that this wee band from Dundee can be involved in their own way.”

The group will appear at the Olympic Park at 4pm on September 6, as well as giving ‘roaming’ performances throughout the day.

But the Paralympics are not the only highlight of the Sarah Coloso band timeline to date. They recently returned from being one of only four Somewhereto_ acts selected to play at Belladrum.

“I was just very happy to know that other people like what we do,” said Harry on securing a slot at the Tartan Heart festival. “It was a bit of a landmark.

“It was fantastic to know the work we had put in as a band was coming good.

“When you are doing something like music you never want to get downhearted, but every musician has played to one man and his dog in a pub.

The band, who are already well established on the Dundee music scene, joke about having fans – their previous audiences being full of friends, family-members, and the plethora of other unsigned artists that populate Scotland’s City of Discovery.

“Belladrum was probably the biggest crowd that we had played to with the fewest people that we knew in it,” Harry said of their audience at the festival’s Free Range Folk Stage.

“They were there because they heard us, they liked us, and they stayed, and they were all very complimentary about it. There were people taking photos of our banner and sticking them up on Facebook, and we didn’t even ask them to!”

The challenge for the group now is one of geography – having all graduated from Dundee and being spread out across Fife, Northern Ireland, and of course Ayrshire, respectively.

“I have got my full-time job, and as much as I enjoy driving up to Dundee after work I would not like to do it every day,” said Harry, who is a trainee solicitor with McCormick and Nicholson in Newton Stewart.

“At the end of the day we are Sarah’s band, so as long as she keeps going that is what counts. And I don’t see her stopping any time soon,” he said. Sarah Coloso’s debut EP, Made in Stars, is available to download now. To find out more about her and the band, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.co.uk/sarahcoloso