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LOCAL HERO

Working musician Willie Logan has seen a lot in a career spanning four decades and taking in 4,500 gigs. We check out his guitar collection and ind out about the instruments he’s loved, lost and modiied along the way…

When we meet at the tail end of 2018, Fife-based guitarist Willie Logan has gigs lined up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and another on Christmas Day. “I have to,” he says. “It’s what I do for a living.” We catch up with Willie in one of his local haunts – a social club a few miles outside of Dunfermline. As though to prove he’s a ixture on the local scene, as we discuss Willie’s guitar collection, a cleaner wanders into the large, open room keen to discuss his previous performances, debating the merits of live music and his rapport with the locals.

Willie started gigging when he was 15, taking the stage at his high-school dance armed with three songs, a catalogue guitar, an Orange amp and a 4x12 speaker cabinet. He may have been loud, but he was far from polished. “I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” he laughs. His debut performance may have been rough and ready – he inexplicably turned up to the gig with a bass guitar he had built for his bandmate out of a wardrobe door – but it sowed a seed that would see him playing an average of two gigs a week for the next four decades; taking a bow on nearly 4,500 occasions. Willie has also racked up 16 album releases and amassed a guitar collection which, at its peak, numbered 50 instruments.

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