The Poets


Written By: Lenny Helsing

1964 Poets on a Scottish beach unused promotional pic courtesy Marie Paton


A great shot of the early Poets circa 1964 courtesy of Alan Weir’s scrapbook posted on the Poets Facebook page by his granddaughter



Original 1964 fan club promo postcard from Pat McCausland’s scrapbook


One of a few home slides recently discovered by Marie Paton…this candid shot features Hume and Tony


This one shows Hume and Marie at a family birthday celebration


One of the best unissued Poets sides was I’ll Keep My Pride from late 1965…this was George’s copy given to BBC producer the late great Stewart Cruickshank. Photo courtesy Lorraine Cruickshank


Another great unissued Poets 1965 track was the brooding It’s So Different Now…another of George’s acetates given to Stewart Cruickshank.


Another of the image4s on the slides sent to me by Marie Paton. Some deterioration has remained on drummer Alan Weir’s face but still a great unseen image from 1964


Here is a rare shot of the Thanes / Poets collaboration that used the Poets name for a few gigs in 2011-12 – L-R Mike Goodwin on drums, George Gallacher on vocals, Mark Hunter on bass and Lenny Helsing on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Out of shot are Fraser Watson, guitar and Angus McPake 12-string guitar. Photo captured at the 13th Note , Glasgow


Another of Hume Paton’s acetates that were given to me by Marie Paton. This one has Roll Over Beethoven on one side and a version of the Gershwin evergreen Summertime.


On the left is me (Lenny Helsing) with original Poets guitar man Tony Myles when we met a couple of years ago at Edinburgh airport when Tony flew in from Spain for a rare visit.


This is an original ruff as worn by one of the Poets (George?) that belongs to original Poets fan Pat McCausland (then Pat Walker)


A curious piece of artwork that was painted on the wall of the Poets’ original basement rehearsal space at the Grange, in Bothwell


Here are The Thanes and The Poets (as The Poets) recording our session for BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway show in November 2011


South African pressing of Now We’re Thru courtesy Bill Allerton


Again this rare South African Poets 45 courtesy Bill Allerton