Dundee guitar hero Jim – who was compared to George Harrison – being heard again on album

The sound of Dundee’s forgotten guitar hero Jim Kelly is being heard again on a new album.

Friends with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, Jim’s guitar playing was compared to that of late Beatle George Harrison.

A member of ’60s pop group Honeybus, Jim’s name has remained largely forgotten in Dundee music folklore since his death at the age of 49 in 1995.

Jim Kelly

Honeybus are principally remembered for their 1968 hit I Can’t Let Maggie Go.

Colin Hare, who wrote songs for David Bowie and played in Honeybus with Jim, has just released a new solo album which includes a reworking of a live recording from a Honeybus BBC session in 1968, featuring Jim on guitar.

The track, Walking Aphrodisiac, did not feature on the band’s definitive 50-track 2002 anthology CD, but Colin decided to include it on the Big Hare record.

“The new album contains four completely new songs recorded over last Christmas and New Year,” said Colin.

“It also contains seven songs which I wrote and started recording in Brighton around 10 years ago.

“The BBC track of Walking Aphrodisiac came to light having been ignored by Sanctuary and Universal Records, who released the Bus Anthology in 2002.

“Jim’s brilliant Telecaster guitar solo simply flies and takes us right back to 1968.

“There is a picture of Jim on the sleeve of the new album.”

Colin said he made the comparison with Jim and George Harrison “mainly because Jim always played just what was appropriate”.

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