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Nairn band Babayaga is back for a Monster Music Bash – they began as a three-piece band in the 1970s and return this month with a sell-out reunion performance at the Royal British Legion


By Donald Wilson

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Babayaga with friends (left to right: Lennie Barron, Helen Barron, Ran Mackenzie, Marc Marnie, Brian Mckandie, Colin Macrae, John Grant.
Babayaga with friends (left to right: Lennie Barron, Helen Barron, Ran Mackenzie, Marc Marnie, Brian Mckandie, Colin Macrae, John Grant.

A Monster Music Bash by some Nairn musicians who began as a three-piece band in the 1970s returns this month with a sell-out reunion performance at the Royal British Legion in Nairn.

Following an enforced break in 2020, Nairn band Babayaga and their friends will stage a gig on November 27.

The original Babayaga go back to the early 1970s when they played a variety of gigs at the community centre, Milford Hotel and local school dances.

Fast forward to 2016 and a Nairn Academy class reunion, where it was decided to reform the band for a one-off gig – Monster Music Bash 2016 – at the British Legion.

Band member Brian Mckandie said: “The 2016 reunion gig was such a success we were compelled to get together again, and three more were to follow until Covid intervened.”

Attendance at MMB21 will be limited to around 70 guests.


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