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richard josbon big hearted scotland news of the worldKIND HEARTED punk legend Richard Jobson donated royalties worth £500,000 to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The former Skids frontman signed over the cash after the band’s hit, The Saints Are Coming, was covered by U2 and Green Day to raise funds for victims of the 2005 New Orleans disaster.

Now readers have nominated the selfless star for our Bighearted Entertainer award.
Last night modest Richard, originally from Ballingry, Fife, said : ” I just wanted to do the right thing by those people and help in any way i could”.

The kind star hosts Ewan McGregor’s annual Burns Supper which raises cash for children’s cancer charities. He also holds film workshops for vulnerable kids and works with Edinburgh based kids’ charity circle as well as Eplilepsy Scotland.
He said: “I’ve had the condition most of my life so I hope I’m a positive role model”.


Congratulations to the band on receiving the Nordoff-Robbins Tartan Clef Lifetime Achievement Award.

richard-jobson-nordoff-robbinsThis is a fantastic way to end the incredible 30th Anniversary celebrations.

There was a performance of the recent version of ‘Into The Valley’ put together by the Generation X project.
Richard, Bruce and Mike took to the stage with Brian Docherty, the Generation X project leader on guitar and singers Lisa Macgregor and Maria Marshall.

They performed the version live with Richard’s poignant film about soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq. It received a standing ovation from the crowd.

This event will be shown on Scottish Television in mid December.

To view the video, click on the link below

skids, richard jobson on radio 1 with vic gallowayRichard will be speaking to Vic Galloway tonight on Radio 1 Scotland during his ‘Vic Galloway in Scotland’ show which goes out from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.

To celebrate Radio One’s 40 years on air anniversary this week, Vic is playing ‘The Saints Are Coming’ from the band’s Peel session on Sep 1st 1978 and has asked Richard to come on air and share some of his memories of the session.

The interview will happen fairly early in the show, so tune in from 7:30pm to make sure you don’t miss it! If you do, you can ‘listen again’ via the Radio One website for a week afterwards.


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a message from Richard Jobson of the SkidsAfter two incredible evenings in Dunfermline where emotions ran high and happy, T-in the-Park was a wonderful way to finally put closure on The Skids story.

As we walked to the stage the rain stopped and the largest audience I have ever seen in front of me gave us an almighty generous welcome.

For me the site is in the back garden of where I spent the majority of my childhood, adding another level of emotional charge.

Our set was short and to the point:
a celebration of the music:
a tribute to the past:
a goodbye to our fantastic loyal fans and most importantly a final farewell to the mighty Stuart Adamson.

On the stage looking out on such an enormous gathering was a thrill and something I will remember forever and I think in many ways the music still sounded relevant.
My bones were creaking but what the hell I skipped, jumped and spun in my own unique out of time kind of way and felt 16 again.

This would have been impossible without the help of a bunch of great and honourable people and I thank them for their humility and passion:

Geoff Ellis, Michael Jobson, Dave McGeachan, Bruce Watson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie, Jamie Watson. Jane Button, Brian Jobson, Camilla Gwilt, Andrew Thompson, Willie Tocher, John Ramsay, Kleiner Morgan, Dave Brown, Michael Wheeler, Simon McGlynn, Sean Condie, Miles Baillie, Cob, Callum Kay, Justin Smith, Billy Sloan.

A special thanks to Tim Barr for his unwavering, tireless dedication to the project.

My Best wishes to you all.

Richard Jobson