Famous Drummers from Scotland

List of notable or famous drummers from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top drummers born in Scotland and even some popular drummers who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish drummers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These drummers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known drummer from Scotland is included when available.

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  • Robert Bernard Andrew Gillespie (born 22 June 1962) is a Scottish musician and singer-songwriter. He is the lead singer and founding member of the alternative rock band Primal Scream. He was also the drummer for The Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid-1980s.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Brian McGee (born 8 March 1959) is a Scottish drummer who played in different bands like Simple Minds and Endgames. His brother Owen, under the name Owen Paul, had a hit single with a cover of Marshall Crenshaw's You're My Favorite Waste of Time. McGee met future Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr at Holyrood R.C. Secondary School, and joined him and other friends (guitarist Charlie Burchill and bassist Tony Donald) from the same school in the band Biba-Rom! around the mid-1970s, while still at school. In 1977, they formed the punk band Johnny and the Self Abusers, whose name changed to Simple Minds. He was present on the albums Life in a Day, Real to Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance and Sons ...more
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Gorbals, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Kenny Hyslop
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    Kenneth John 'Kenny' Hyslop (born 14 February 1951 in Helensburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish drummer. He joined the band Salvation with Midge Ure, which later became Slik and, after Ure's departure, some of the remaining members formed the Zones. He also went on to play with The Skids. In 1981 he joined Simple Minds, replacing Brian McGee. He contributed by recording "Promised You A Miracle" and appeared in the videos of "Sweat in Bullet" and "Love Song", from the Sons And Fascination album, which he did not appear on, but helped to promote. Following his departure from Simple Minds in 1982, Hyslop formed Set the Tone with bass player Bobby Paterson. Following the demise of Set the Tone, ...more
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Helensburgh, United Kingdom
  • Kevin Johnston
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    Kevin Johnston

    Kevin Johnston is a musician.
  • Marcus Dickson
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    Marcus Dickson

    Marcus Dickson is a musician.
  • Mark Monaghan
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    Mark Monaghan

    Mark Monaghan is a musician.