rock band were put together in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the 1970s and
comprised Richard Cherns on keyboards, Les
Cockburn on the fiddle and mandolin, Steve Moss on guitar with the vocals supplied
by the singer Erne Parkin
very popular in their native Scotland and aside from the gigs they played
across the country they also got their name known as a regular performer at
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Although
they did record songs like “Radio” and “Mellow
Yellow” on the Spark label in the mid 1970s they were not a
professional group until they were urged to become so as their time
together went on. This brought
on a split in the group as some of the band wanted to stay working on a
part-time bases but the other half decided to forge ahead.
couple of years they decided to all get back together though and with the
addition of Billy Milne on drums and Roy Marin on bass, they started to
tour again as The Medium Wave Band II.
Their style of
rock and traditional Celtic music found them changing their name to Avalon
and releasing the single “The Ballrooms of Romance” in
1984. This led to their debut
album Rocky Roads in 1985,
appearances at festivals and European tours.
In 1987 they
released Heavy Hearts and aside
from their touring schedule they also made several appearances on several
European radio and TV shows.
This also gave them the first opportunity to perform in England at the 1990 Cropredy
In 1992 John O
Rourke replaced Richard Cherns
on keyboards after he went off to join the very successful Celtic group Run
Rig. That same year they
released Higher Ground and
headlined at a Danish music festival.
It was then that Erne Parkin left the band
and they took on the singers Stuart Borland and Sheila McWhirter.
their music style to allow different tempos and harmonies and released the
1998 album Second Sight and continue to keep a loyal fan base.
In the new
millennium they performed at the 2000 Celtic music festival in Brittany,
France, and then finally disbanded in 2002 after performing at the Lorient festival.
Sheila McWhirter and Stuart Borland went
on to form Orain with the occasional input from
Roy Martin and John O’Rourke but they finally went their own ways
after about a year.
The Medium Wave Band Recordings
Mellow Yellow (Donovan Leitch)
Spark SRL 1140
Disney Girls (1957) (Bruce Johnston)
Spark SRL 1140