Keith Matheson

Keith Matheson – pictured in the centre at his 52nd birthday bash

Keith Matheson is a member of the recently reformed band – The Swiss Family Orbison. Keith (guitar & vocals) and his band mates –  Kit Clark (vocals, keyboards & harmonica), Gregor Philp (guitar & vocals), Colin Davidson (bass & vocals) and Dougie Vipond (drums & vocals) are back together for 3 hot ticket gigs in Scotland this April.



  1. How did the band originally come together and what inspired you to start making music?

The Swiss Family OrbisonWe had all (Dougie aside) been playing in Dundee based bands for a number of years and so all knew each other pretty well already. When Kit decided to put a band together we were all only too happy to give it a go. Kit and Dougie knew each other from their time in Danny Wilson and Deacon Blue so when Kit approached Dougie to play drums he pretty much agreed immediately and that completed the line up.

Regarding inspiration to start making music: I remember making a cardboard guitar with a scrap bit of wood for a neck and performing at the school concert with 2 pals to ‘Teenage Rampage’ by The Sweet playing on a Dansette record player when I was in primary 4, so I blame Glam Rock!

2. Why did you decide to reform?

We’d toyed with the idea off and on for a few years but nothing was ever done about it what with everyone’s different commitments to families, work etc.

Then the guys came through to my 52 birthday bash last year, we had a sing song and that started us thinking. The next week Kit, Gregor and I did an acoustic gig in Dundee which was so well received we decided to ask Dougie and Colin if they fancied doing a couple of shows….. and here we are!

3. Who writes your songs and which one is your favourite?

Kit and I wrote the songs for the first album and Gregor and Colin collaborated on some of the songs for the second album (Thick as Pop). Had there been a third album I am sure everyone would have been more involved in the writing.

Favourite song of ours? Empty Nancy from the second album.

4. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced as a band?

Getting the first album recorded and released on a shoestring budget!

5. What advice can you give to people who are just starting their own band?

Don’t worry if your rubbish to start with, we all are! Stick with it and the more you play the better you get. Covers are good to learn your chops but try writing your own songs. The buzz you’ll get from people applauding something you’ve written….can’t beat it.

And just for fun…

When was the last time you felt nervous?

Three days ago telling my wife I’d just bought ANOTHER guitar!

Who is your favourite music artist (dead or alive)?

Stevie Marriot (The Small Faces)

If you could wake up in the body of another person (just for one day) who would it be and why?

Odd question…… Donald Trump so I could punch myself directly in the face!

You have the chance to time travel to any gig or concert that has ever taken place – which one would it be?

Our gig in Cottiers (Glasgow) in the 90’s to do it all again properly!!!!……….don’t ask!

What is your favourite lyric?

Will you stay in a lovers story, if you stay you won’t be sorry, cos we believe in you.
(Kooks: David Bowie)

Watch the promotional video for ‘Going Out’ – the opening track from the second album by The Swiss Family Orbison “Thick as Pop”.

The Swiss Family Orbison’s Family Reunion tour will perform at The Caves, Edinburgh on Thursday April 7, Oran Mor, Glasgow on Friday April 8 and Fat Sam’s, Dundee on Sunday April 10.

For further details please visit their Facebook page.

Tickets available from EventBrite

Music available on iTunes


Posted by Natalie Allera Harris

Mum, Marketing Professional and Owner of the entertainment blog 5 Minutes With. Passionate about hospitality, tourism, music, food, design and social media, to name just a few. My favourite quote: "You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try." Dolly Parton.

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