In 1984 Gordon McDiarmid and wee brother Tam started off their folk singing days in local clubs and pubs. In 2002 Pure Malt were regular performers at the Blackness Inn, and took stage on occasion for the monthly folk concerts. At the jam sessions there they met up with Tam Clark who would join them for the occasional song or two during their gigs. Big Tam, or TC as he is known to ‘the following’, had much to offer by way of bodhran, natural vocal harmonies and charismatic banter, and jelled well in the group, bringing with him his own love of bothy ballads and Burns Suppers. And so, Pure Malt were three! The gigs continued and their following increased.
In 2006, at the Bridge End in Callander, they met up with a Lothian lad, Chas McLeod, who gradually over the months increased input into the band with ‘moothie’, then bodhran, penny whistle and now bass guitar. A talented lad, he's currently mastering the banjo.
Pure Malt has grown in stature, talent and professionalism and their own blend of music is well-liked and much sought after around the country. So - for the future – the boys have much to offer the folk scene with their traditional Scottish and Irish songs and their more contemporary ballads, and this will be evident given a night with Pure Malt.