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John Reddigan - c1975
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John Reddigan - c1975

John Reddigan behind the bar in the Royal.
Picture added on 09 March 2006
Used to sing some great duets with John, still have a copy on tape. If anyone knows where John is now please let me know.
Added by Roy Thomas on 20 March 2006
I think this is my first cousin John Reddigan. I live in Newfoundland, Canada
Added by Linda Reddigan on 25 June 2006
I know John Reddigan very well. John and I both played in a band located in Dingwall, Rosshire, Scotland, called the Melotones.
John now lives in Glasgow. Call me for his address.
Added by Bert MacKay on 19 October 2008
Finally made contact with John after 29 years. In phone contact quite often. John now lives in Glasgow.
Added by Roy Thomas on 28 July 2009
I went to Fortrose Academy with a John Reddigan. Is it the same one we were at school in the mid fifties?
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison on 28 July 2009
I talk to John quite often. I am in Alberta Canada and was back in Dingwall last year for a Melotones reunion. Regrettably most have passed away. John lives in Strathblane. email me for his phone number. He will welcome a call. I used to go to Cromarty, Fortrose and Rosemarkie often. The best looking girls were there.
Added by Bert MacKay (born in Beauly) on 29 July 2009
That's quite true about the girls, Bert. i know cos i was married to the "Best" looking girl in Cromarty.!!!
Added by Roy Thomas on 30 July 2009
This is my first cousin.He is a great entertainer. He sings the newfoundland songs his Father taught him.I hope he will soon come to visit us again.
Added by Eileen Crane on 01 November 2009
When I grew up in Beauly (was born on the Lovat Estate) We used to take regular trips to Rosemarkie. When I graduated from Inverness Royal Academy I took a bet to climb the TV tower that was new in 1954 and did that. Anyway I remember lots of friends and girlfriends down there some have passed on.

When I was playing with the Melotones Band we had a great fan called Willie Trail from the Black Isle. Is he still alive?
Also my sister Fiona Chisholm runs the Pace Petrol Station at Tore. If anybody remembers the Melotones just e-mail me. Black Isle, one of Scotlands friendliest places. If you want John Reddigan's phone number e-mail me also. Talk to him all the time about the great 50's and 60's.
Was back in Cromarty in February, got together with John again after 30 years and dueted again at Rosemary Hogg's house. Had a good time and it was nice to see Rosemary again after all those years.
Added by Roy Thomas on 27 March 2010
Thanks Roy.
John called me last week as gave me Rosemarys phone number. I will call her as I hear she is great on the keyboard.
Our family is still grieving after our daughter was killed in an athletic accident in Spain and the story was in the Rosshire Journal.
Bert MacKay, St Albert, Alberta, Canada.
Added by Bert MacKay on 28 March 2010
Let me tell you Bert Mackay was the Guitarist with the famous Dingwall Melotones as all us oldies remember Bert had his own distinctive sound Fender Guitar Vox 30 amplifier.Ghost Riders in the sky.was the biggie number he was a great influence to me personally.I used to go home get guitar out and wish I could play like Bert.Bert left for Canada and never looked back.as fate would have it I replaced him in the Meletones.a hard act to follow.but boy was I chuffed.Im happy to relate I have spoken to Bert many times in Canada he tragically lost a daughter in a cycling accident Bert started his musical career like so many in the Beauly Skiffle group.I loved dueting with Roy Thomas our voices clicked Roy is a scoucer.love him singing the song.In my Liverpool home.happy times Added by J. Reddigan 12/5/13/.
Added by JOHN REDDIGAN on 12 May 2013
Thanks John. Long time since the Melotones played at the "STRATH" but I hope to make a trrip[ back to Dingwall in 2014..date to be set and John and I will be there to entertain all the old and young Melotones Fans at the LEGION.
Stay tuned for date.
Added by Bert MacKay on 15 May 2013
Bert, I knew your mum and dad in Beauly. Can't email you because I don't know your email address! I will ask JR, he might have it.

Added by John on 12 December 2014
Had a reunion with Fergie Brown the horn player in the Melotones but Jock(Ian) Fraser had to play at Skibo Castle and Eric Sutherland (bass) was very ill and could not make it but many of the Melotones family were there and the Legion with Billy and Meg handled all the PINTS and Sandwiches very well. Best of luck to all and a Happy New Year coming up.
Added by Bert MacKay, Edmonton, Alberta. on 13 December 2014
John - OF COURSE you know Bert's email address.

Just click on his name on this page and you can send him an email

Added by Margaret Tong on 14 December 2014
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