Born and raised in Ayr.
After the obligatory formal training in piano and bagpipes, as well as loving the music of Mozart and Beethoven, Colvin fell under the spell of the sinful backbeat of rock and roll. Transforming moment was seeing the now-infamous Top of The Pops appearance by David Bowie and Mick Ronson performing Starman (albeit on a black and white TV in a hotel in Stromness and so rather missed the whole effect).
Colvin’s first three gigs as a concertgoer at the legendary Glasgow Apollo still inform his musical style and dress sense – Yes, The Wombles and Frank Zappa in that order.
First played with Drew McCulloch last century in equally legendary venues such as the New Cumnock Pigeon Club. It was quite a Doo. Moved on to playing bass with Folk Act, “Handle With Care,” guitar with “The Cider Monkeys” as well as with local bands and ad hoc musical groups.
Colvin has played guitars and instruments with varying numbers of strings as an occasional member of The Spirit of Slim Chance since 2016 however quite sensibly has cut back to the four strings of the bass guitar, being just about all that he can handle without a safety net.
Would like to be an engine driver when he grows up.