One of Banffshire’s most prominent musical sons will return to his “spiritual home” later this month to play at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.
Jim Paterson was the trombonist with soul pop group Dexys Midnight Runners for 15 years over three stints with the band.
Now “Big Jim” – who has performed on all five of the band’s studio albums – is returning to his north-east roots in the village of Portsoy where he grew up.
Dexys Midnight Runners found fame in the 1980s with two number one hits and are best know for enduring dance floor filler Come On Eileen.
Now Mr Paterson has spoken of his pride at returning to perform in his home town.
“I think the last time I played in Portsoy was at the swimming pool with the Keith and District Silver Band, I must have been about 14,” the trombonist said.
“My wife Sandra and I are moving back permanently soon and the reason is very simple. We love Portsoy, it’s always been my spiritual home and we want to spend the rest of our lives together in the best place possible.”
Mr Paterson said he is “very proud” of the picturesque fishing village, and that there is something magical about the place.
“Dexys will always be in my heart, the band that made me, but it’s time to move on,” he added.
“I’ve reached a stage in my life where I just want to play with no stress, no constraints, and this is perfect for me. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I’d be given an opportunity to play in front of a Portsoy audience again so I’m really excited.”
The world-renowned festival will take place on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 when hundreds of boating enthusiasts and thousands of visitors descend on the village.
Mr Paterson is bringing his new five piece Scottish band Urang Matang to play at the Wally Green Marquee on the Saturday.
Demand for tickets for the evening gig is expected to be high. Tickets can be bought online at www.stbfportsoy.com or from the festival ticket and information office in Portsoy from June 18.