Shock waves were sent through Glasgow’s musical community last Sunday at the sad news of the passing of Scheme’s lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Denny Oliver. Tomorrow, Glasgow will pay respects to one of it’s legendary musical sons Denny. Denny was well known and much loved along with the other members of Scheme.

At 68 years of age Denny had written and performed music for over 40 years and had influenced 3 generations with his brilliant talent. Denny was a kind, humble and gentle man who spent much of his time helping others.

Denny’s Band Oliver’s Army was playing gigs in venues up until 1979 and in 1980 Scheme was formed.  Over the past 40 years Scheme sold out the Glasgow Apollo, The Pavilion & The Barrowland to name but a few of the larger venues along with many pubs and clubs in Easterhouse, Castlemilk, Drumchapel and various venues in the city centre.. This is noted as quite an achievement and held in very high regard amongst those who work, live and play in the city’s music industry. So much so that we spoke to our friends at the Barrowland this week who thought it would be a fitting tribute to Denny to light up the sign as his funeral cortege passes tomorrow between 2.30 & 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Denny and the band gave huge amounts of their time to helping the communities of Scotland. Scheme would not need to be asked twice, and would selflessly play fundraiser after fundraiser raising funds for those most hit by poverty and injustice. Some of their most famous fundraising was given to the Miner’s family’s, during the infamous Miners strikes and the family’s of the Caterpillar workers which was another strike that hit the headlines. In more recent years Denny had played alongside the Alabama 3 at the annual MOJO (Miscarriage of Justice Organisations). Wherever there was a good and just cause Denny and the boys would be there supporting it.

Glasgow Eyes will be paying our respects to Denny at the famous Barrowland tomorrow afternoon, and I along with many others will have tears in my eyes as I remember our friend Denny Oliver. I for one feel blessed to have known Denny and had the pleasure of listening to his music and singing his songs. Songs that will live on this is the gift that Denny Oliver gave to Glasgow. RIP.

Denny Oliver Copyright – Brian Anderson