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Croft No.5


Croft No.5 - timeline (Courtesy of the Artist's site, 2005)

14th July 1980 - Misha Somerville is born

11th Feb 1981 - Barry Nigel Reid is born

2nd Sept 1981 - Paul David Jennings is born

20th Oct 1981 - John Frances Somerville is born and shortly afterwards meets Misha

1994 - John forms a school band later to be joined by Barry, Misha, Somhairle MacDonald and Steven Due creating the Inverness band Dry-za-bone.
Meanwhile,in Shetland Paul is playing blues harmonica with ragtime legend Dick Wardell.

1996 Dry-za-bone reach their peak with a performance at the Royal Albert Hall picking up a BBC Live Performance accolade. Paul joins Shetland folk-rockers Inaustrichan.

1998 Paul meets the members of Dry-za-bone on a Festival bound ferry to France. The following autumn Misha, Somhairle, Barry and Paul move to Glasgow and with John form Croft No. Five. After rehearsing in the basement of 5 woodlands terrace for several months they play their first gig along-side Shooglenifty at a snowy Aviemore Mid-winter Festival.

1999 Paul sensationally joins folk legends Old Blind Dogs. The band rehearsed less than before.

2000 Adam Sutherland is asked to join the band and despite having no gigs, recordings, manager, agent, crew or money, he accepted.

2001 Croft No. Five start rehearsing more again.. Consequently signing to Edinburgh's Footstompin Records and releasing their first studio album in June. Martin Coull is welcomed aboard working as an agent for the band. Jamie Hale joins the team as Front of House Engineer. The band play to 15,000 at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations.

2002 The band tour in Denmark, Italy, USA and Belgium as well putting on their own tour, Northern Odyssey, on home soil.

2003 Croft No. Five fall out with their record label. Following gigs in USA, Holland Belgium, England and Scotland Adam Sutherland and Somhairle MacDonald leave the band resulting in a hard winter for the band, Despite all the pressure the ever strong Croft managed to call on the bass talents of Duncan Lyall and build there own recording studio.

2004 Things can only get better. Croft No. Five play the Celtic Connections Festival with new bass player Duncan Lyall. The band form Planet 5 Records and start work on their new album.


Croft No. Five are set to tour the Czech Republic and Italy in July, The album will be released first in the Czech Republic then in the UK in the late summer..

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