Peanuts to hold charity concert

As they were: Pictured in the Scotia in 1980 are Peanuts as they were then. They are: Ian Stewart, Charlie Wishart, Ian Moffat, John Roft.

As they were: Pictured in the Scotia in 1980 are Peanuts as they were then. They are: Ian Stewart, Charlie Wishart, Ian Moffat, John Roft.

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Brechin Health Centre will benefit from the proceeds of the booked out musical reunion of Peanuts - a popular local band from the 1970s and early ‘80s.

The event, which takes place on November 17 at the Nova Lounge, will see Charlie Wishart, John Roft, Ian Stewart and from 1980 Ian Moffat, join together for the first time in 30 years.

Proceeds from the event and raffle will go to the health centre to help them buy equipment not funded by the NHS such as blood pressure monitors and nebulisers.

The band hope that in excess of £1,500 will be raised from the night and have been rehearsing weekly to get their act up to performance levels for this special event.

The idea came about when bass player Ian Stewart returned from 30 years of overseas work due to serious health problems and was keen to have a reunion gig.

Ian also played bass for several years with the original ‘KJB’ in the 1970s, who were a popular 11-piece RnB/soul band.

They have returned in recent years with a mix of original members and very talented new members including Brechin’s own Alec Craig on trumpet and were an important and popular act at the Montrose Music Festival this year.

Ian is now a member of the Brechin Music Festival committee.

Band member Ian Moffat said: “We have the singing Janny Alan Sherret who will be performing his own songs with the help of Andrew Calvert on guitar, Ian Stewart on bass and myself on drums as ‘Dreamtime.

“Forfar legend Eddie McNaughton will be performing a set of acoustic guitar and vocal songs.

“We have a couple of musical surprises planned for the evening also involving a cello and the voice of an angel.”

All acts performing on the night have agreed to do so free of charge.

The reunion has proved to be so popular that the event sold out (150 tickets) in a couple of weeks through word of mouth with a lot of demand coming from followers of Peanuts back in the day - there is even a waiting list for any cancellations.