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Fionna Duncan

Fionna Duncan - Jazz  Legend & Helensburgh Hero
Inspiring vocalist & All time UK Jazz Great

Fionna was born in the Temperance Hotel, Garelochhead, during at ‘black out’ in the second month of World War 2. Fionna was due to be born in the family home, The Nest. Portincaple, but the Doctor refused to come to deliver her. It was therefore left to the Naval personnel stationed in the Hotel to bring Fionna into the world.

Kirsten Easdale

Kirsten Easdale
Celebrated Celtic Singer & Musician

"a voice to die for, pure enunciation, clarity of tone and the ability to squeeze the last drop out of every note - sheer undiluted magic..." CELTIC WORLD MAGAZINE

Helensburgh resident Kirsten was born Kirsten Jane Dickson on the 4th of June 1966, at Redlands Hospital in Glasgow.

Seb Vaughan aka "69db"

Seb Vaughan aka db69
Founder member of UK 1980s techno Acid House movement - the "Spiral Tribe" sound system

Seb Vaughan aka dj "69db".

At the age of 17 Seb, brother of Film Director Tom, left the family home in Helensburgh to play drums for his psycadelic rock band.

The year was 1988 and was the year that Acid house took the country by force. After 2 years of discovery in and around the many parties 69db being a drummer saw the potential in this repetative beat. At the same time as joining Spiral Tribe Sound System 69db enrolled in City of Leeds College of Music where he got his access to his first recording studio. It was here that he composed his first tracks for Spiral Tribe.

Daniel McCoshan

Daniel McCoshan and Dame Joan Sutherland
From Helensburgh's Gardens to Covent Garden's Stage

When he became a choirboy at St.Michael’s Church, young Daniel McCoshan sang part of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Little did he realise the role that its music would play in his future…..

Daniel McCoshan was born in Helensburgh in 1920, and grew up to be a popular and familiar figure locally. He lost his left eye in an accident at the age of 6 but this disability was not to hamper his path to success in later life.

Lee Bisset

soprano lee bisset
Multi award winning and highly talented Soprano Opera singer

Lee Bisset grew up in Inverbeg, Loch Lomond, where her parents, Jack and Jennifer Bisset owned and managed the Inverbeg Inn. Along with her two brothers she attended Lomond School.

Alexander McLean Cameron

Alexander McLean Cameron
“Sexy Lexy” Music Hall Legend

Alexander ("Lex") McLean Cameron was born in Clydebank in 1908. After leaving school he was, briefly an apprentice in John Brown & Co's Clydebank Shipyard.

Kenny Hyslop

Kenny Hyslop Portrait
A Slik Drummer and Musician

Kenny Hyslop was born Kenneth John Hyslop on the 14th February 1951 in Helensburgh.

Kenny displayed a musical talent from an early age and began playing the drums from the age of twelve. He has cited drumming legends John Bonham (Led Zepplin), Keith Moon (The Who) and Clyde Stubblefield (best known for his work with James Brown) as his inspiration.

Mary O'Rourke

Master Joe
“Master Joe Petersen” – the Boy Soprano

Born to Hannah and Joseph O'Rourke, in Maitland Street Helensburgh on 26th July 1913, the twelth of fourteen children, Mary was brought up in Glasgow's Gallowgate.

Hazel Irvine

Hazel Irvine
Versatile TV & Radio Broadcaster, Youngest Presenter of Grandstand and winner of Royal Television Society Award

Hazel Irvine was born on May 26, 1965 at St Andrews. She moved to Cardross with her family when she was young and was educated at Hermitage Academy.

Hazel’s broadcasting career began in 1986 as a production assistant with Radio Clyde. She moved into sport a year later when she joined Scottish Television as a reporter

Hazel is now one of BBC Sport’s most experienced, versatile and recognisable broadcasters and the face of its snooker and athletics coverage. In golf, she is the anchor for the Women’s Open and co-presenter on The Open, The Masters, The Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup.

Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell
Musician, Songwriter and Wet Wet Wet member

Neil Mitchell was born on the 8th June 1965 in Helensburgh. He is a talented musician who has risen to prominence as a member of the Scottish quartet Wet Wet Wet.

The quartet formed at Clydebank High School in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1982, under the name Vortex Motion.

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