The exhibition titled - Duncan Mackinnon, the impresario who brought the Beatles to Scotland, celebrates Duncan with a contemporary visual interpretation of his legacy, through film, photography, fashion and archival press and imagery.
The oral history project has collected the stories from people who played and worked for Duncan and has thrown up some unknown and interesting commentary on the bands he promoted for the “dancing”. Stories include when Manfred Mann played in Earlston when they were number one in the charts with Do Wah Diddy Diddy and stories of the Who playing in the Volunteer Hall Galashiels and drinking in the Douglas hotel in Galashiels until all their money for playing that night was finished. There are also great stories about the bands that played for Duncan at Carlisle Market Hall, bands such as the The Kinks, The Hollies, The Moody Blues and The All Stars. Then there is mention of when The Bee Gees appeared in Selkirk's Victoria Hotel; Robert Plant and His Band of Joy - an early incarnation of Led Zeppelin when they played at the Melrose Corn Exchange; and when The Animals were brought to play The Drill Hall in Dumfries.
The recorded stories and further research into the era created the background to the contemporary image making interpretations produced by Fashion Communication students at Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles and Design. This impressive work is also on display.
The project is funded by the William grant Foundation and the Syson Foundation.