Barrhead musicians took centre stage as they supported a pair of good causes by performing at a fundraising gig.

The sold-out event saw Vega reform for one night only on the same bill as popular four-piece Kardo and up-and-coming singer Luke Higgins.

A total of £645 was raised through ticket sales, half of which will be handed over to ERA (East Renfrewshire ASN Parents Action Group), with the other half destined for East Renfrewshire Foodbank.

The gig, bottom and top left, was a big success and raised cash for the young people at ERA, right. Photo: Josh IrvineVega were back together for one night only. Photo: Josh Irvine

Scott Carlton, one of those who took part in the gig at The Poetry Club at SWG3, in Glasgow’s West End, told the Barrhead News: “My friend David McKeag, who is in the band Scooby Snax with me, my cousin Paul Kelly and I all used to be in Vega.

 

“We started around the late 90s and finished up in 2003. We did King Tuts, in Glasgow, a few times and a few small-scale television things.

“My cousin Bernadette Kelly works for SWG3 and said we should get back together and do a wee gig at The Poetry Club.

“Initially, we didn’t know if we wanted to do it but then we decided to go for it and raise money for charity.

“It went really well and I would like to thank Bernadette for putting it together and everyone for coming along.”

The event, which also featured a DJ set by Greg Young and Kardo’s Callum McFadzean, was Luke’s first proper gig and was also special for Scott as he performed on stage with his son Sam for the first time.

The gig, bottom and top left, was a big success and raised cash for the young people at ERA, right. Photo: Josh IrvineSam, James and Callum of Kardo played at the gig. Photo: Josh Irvine

“We couldn’t get hold of any of our drummers because it’s been so long since we played, so even though I usually play guitar, I played drums on the night and Sam, who is in Kardo, did my role of guitar,” said Scott.

“I was playing drums on one side of stage and he was playing guitar on the other side.

“Luke also really enjoyed the night and I think he’ll go on to do more.”

The gig, bottom and top left, was a big success and raised cash for the young people at ERA, right. Photo: Josh IrvineScott played the keyboard with Kardo at the gig. Photo: Josh Irvine

Oonagh McKinnon, chair of ERA, said the money will go towards a summer club the group runs at the Barrhead Water Works on Fridays.

“It’s really cool first of all that the guys thought to give the money to charity and then selected local groups,” she added. “It’s so nice of them.

“We are down at the Water Works this summer, planting stuff and doing various things the kids can join in with.

“We are doing arts and crafts and music, so it will help to pay for all those things and help us give the kids the barbecue we do at the end of every session.”

Ken Trench from the Foodbank's management team added: "Any money we get from this donation will allow us to fill gaps in our stock (due to being busier) and will enable us to buy any needed items for our customers."