New improved Gadji on a roll

Established for over 15 years, local favourites Gadji are currently enjoying their most powerful lineup yet.

Thursday, 5th December 2013, 8:06 am

After headlining the Honda Goldwing international at Springwood Park earlier this year Gadji have been busily engaged at weddings, launching a new live music bar ‘The Vibe’ whilst returning to established hot spots such as The Tavern in Eyemouth.

Formed in the mid 90’s by Scremerston saxophonist Billy Hogg with Coldstream drummer (and barber) Chris Ditcham, the current line-up also includes big band trumpeter John Kirk from Kelso, bassist Kevin Barnes, guitarist Bill McGill and singer ‘Doctor’ Rob Turnbull.

It was earlier in 2013 the Gadji decided to pursue a new direction.

Auditions were held for a soul vocalist and that is how Rob entered the Gadji fold.

Billy could not believe his good fortune when his long time friend decided to try out after finding out about the band from a mutual friend.

Rob is a legend on Tyneside. Having filled Brian Johnson’s boots when he famously left 1970’s band Geordie for AD/DC, Rob went on to record two more albums with Geordie. ‘No Sweat’ and ‘Powerhouse’ critically delivering the equal or above vocal presence that has forged his incontrovertible reputation.

Soul music is a completely new genre for Dr.Rob, but when the new line-up first met it was immediately evident that Gadji were onto a winning formula. ‘rock’n’soul’ or ‘power soul’ came to life when John introduced advanced effects for both sax and trumpet.

And it looks like the new improved Gadji are a big hit with music fans.

Testimonials have been flooding in from all quarters, so it’s no surprise that the band have a busy festive season ahead of them.

Locally, Gadji will be playing at The Tavern, Eyemouth this Saturday, December 7; The Albion Inn in Tweedmouth on December 13 and January 4. For more info visit