One of Britain’s premier hard rock exports, Dunfermline’s Nazareth are famed for their brilliant interpretations of other people’s songs as well as their crunching originals. Formed in 1968, for over two decades they were propelled by Pete Agnew (bass), drummer Darrell Sweet (who sadly passed away in 1999), the inventive guitar work of Manny Charlton and the rasping, near-superhuman vocals of Dan McCafferty, who made Rod Stewart sound like Johnny Mathis.
Hard-working and unpretentious, they have produced 20 studio albums to date, creating a number of influential rock staples and enjoying pop success across the globe with a timeless ballad. Love Hurts (originally a hit for the Everly Brothers) was a runaway hit for the group, sitting prominently in the US chart for almost six months and spending a year at Number One in Norway. Alongside their thundering version of Joni Mitchell’s This Flight Tonight and memorable group-written gems such as Razamanaz, Expect No Mercy, Holiday and the immensely popular, cowbell and cast iron riff-driven Hair of the Dog (famously covered by Guns N Roses), they carved a niche for themselves on classic rock radio on several continents and, road warriors par excellence, they remain one of the busiest live acts in the world.