He’s one of Tayside’s best known drummers, having spent 50 years on the drumstool of various bands.
However, Kevin Smith is now beating another drum thanks to a dramatic career change.
Although he still drums with functions band Solid Gold, the Perth musician is now spending much of his time dressed as a Jacobite and portraying a turbulent time in Scotland’s history.
He’s bringing to life aspects of Scotland’s past – and thoroughly enjoying his role change.
Kevin, well known for his time with jazz combo Roll Wyn James, ran the RWJ Drum Store in Perth for many years and, at weekends, he played all over Scotland and also gigged in Europe.
On one occasion, while with Roll Wyn James, the band was shipped out to Biarritz in the south of France to play at a lavish private party.
However, when his drum shop closed, Kevin decided on a complete career change.
Now, instead of pounding the drums every weekend, Kevin is spending his time re-enacting a period in Scottish history still talked about more than 250 years later.
The 1745 Jacobite rebellion still stirs the blood and Kevin is right in the thick of bringing it to the forefront.
This weekend, he is off to Prestonpans for a ceremony to mark the victory of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army over the Royalist forces during the ’45.
And he is well aware of the role men from Perth and Dundee played in the whole conflict which reached its bloody, and tragic, conclusion with Jacobite annhilation at Culloden.
Kevin said: “Many from Tayside died for the Jacobite clause.
“And some of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s top men were from around here.
“His right hand man Lord George Murray was from Perth and Lord John Drummond and his brother Lord James were also major figures.
“Lord John commanded the French troops who fought alongside the Jacobites.
“Charlie’s army were camped on Perth’s South Inch for a week before marching south on September 11.
“Many died for the cause, one being a Perth minister, the only clergyman to be hanged for his role in the rebellion.”