Rupert Black

Over the last few years the Glassford Community Group has welcomed many musicians and performers onto the stage in our Village Hall, but only one can claim to have performed in the village as well as on stage in Philadelphia as part of Live Aid in 1985.

Rupert Black joined Big Vern and the Shootahs in 2003 to fill a vacancy as keyboard player. Previously he had been the keyboard player with The Pretenders, Talk Talk, The Alarm before joining Big Vern after recording a charity single with Big Vern guitarist Dave Ramsay. Rupert also performed with the Kevin McDermot Orchestra when they played at Wembley Stadium, supporting Rod Stewart, Status Quo and Joe Cocker in 1991.

Rupert played with The Pretenders in Philadelphia at Live Aid to millions of people worldwide that day and still found time to play the Glassford Hall to help us raise money for the local community.

The thoughts of all in Glassford Community Group are with Rupert’s family and the other members of Big Vern and the Shootahs.

Below are a few images of Rupert performing in Glassford Village Hall with Big Vern and the Shootahs in 2019.

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