John Gibson: Tough lads, you’ve got the blues

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The way the cookie crumbles. When the Nova Scotia Jazz Band were putting their gig sheet together a good while back, little did John Burgess and Brian Kellock dream there’d be a calamitous clash of dates.

The band plays Whighams at Edinburgh’s West End on May 19 and, the world is aware, that’s when the match of the century takes place (the wrong place, Hampden instead of Murrayfield).

Says Haddington-based John, clarinettist/saxes since the band was formed three years ago: “I’m a Jambo and it’s just as tough for Brian, who’s a Hibby.

“But the band comes first and, besides, 2pm May 19’s the launch of our new CD, The Beale Street Blues. Our itinerary includes Livingston’s Howden Centre on June 14 and Glasgow’s West End Festival on June 17.

“The versatile Brian is our guest pianist. We’ve known each other for 25 years. Played together in Tam White’s band. The clash with Hampden’s not so painful for me. I well know how it feels to win the Scottish Cup, Brian doesn’t.”

Afterwords . .

. . . Peter Alliss, below, telling it like it is: “All games are silly, I suppose. But golf, if you look at it dispassionately, goes to extremes.”