Bands reform to remember Cas Rock

X-Tigers. From left, Greg Macvean, Sean Bell, Darren Robertson, and Mal King. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
X-Tigers. From left, Greg Macvean, Sean Bell, Darren Robertson, and Mal King. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
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EDINBURGH’S music scene has boasted many legendary venues over the decades, but few are remembered as fondly as the Cas Rock at West Port.

Originally The Lord Darnley, a refurbishment in 1992 saw the pub renamed the Cas Rock Cafe.

The venue quickly became a hotbed of new talent - bands like Idlewild being discovered there.

Although the Cas Rock closed in 2000, its memory lingers on, and at the Electric Circus tonight, there’s a reunion of three of the venue’s regular bands. Each is getting back together for one night only as part of a special celebration of all things Cas Rock, organised by Jooly Blackie.

Back in the day local four-piece Annie Christian (Larry Lean, vocals; David Hunter, bass; Chris Adams, guitar; and Andrew Hastings, drums) were the toast of the Capital’s music scene, headlining gigs and supporting big names like Stereophonics, Echo And The Bunnymen and punk legends Blondie - they even appearing on Channel 4’s TFI Friday with Chris Evans.

Tonight they’ll be joined by X-Tigers (Sean Bell, vocals; Greg Macvean, drums; Darren Robertson, bass; and Mal King, guitar - pictured), who in their time were familiar faces at Balado, appearing at T In The Park’s T Break tent, touring with Irish power poppers Ash, and headlining a UK tour, which brought them to London’s Dublin Castle, in Camden.

The evening’s line up is completed by Fife band Sawyer (John Mackie, vocals; Andrew Hunter, bass; Alan Findlay, drums; and Iain Hinchliffe, guitar).

Annie Christian + X-Tigers + Sawyer, Electric Circus, Main Room, tonight, 7pm, £3, 0131-226 4224