Cado Belle

Cado Belle was a Scottish soul-funk band that released a 1976 self-titled album and a 1977 EP, both on Anchor. Singer Maggie Reilly sings on the Mike Oldfield hits “Family Man” and “Moonlight Shadow.”

Members: Maggie Reilly (vocals), Alan Darby (guitar), Gavin Hodgson (bass), Stuart MacKillop (keyboards), Davy Roy (drums, percussion), Colin Tully (saxophone, flute)


Cado Belle had their roots in a musical partnership between singer Maggie Reilly and keyboardist Stuart MacKillop, who invited her into his band, Joe Cool. In October 1974, they joined with another local act, Up (no connection to UPP). The merged band comprised Maggie, MacKillop, and four fellow newcomers: guitarist Alan Darby, bassist Gavin Hodgson, drummer Davy Roy, and reedist Colin Tully.

They chose “Cado” (a clay vase used for liquid) as an apparent metaphor of the curvature of a “Belle” (a beautiful woman). Cado Belle signed with Anchor, a UK division of ABC Records. MacKillop and Tully wrote the band’s material with outside lyricist Alasdair Robertson.

Cado Belle

Cado Belle released their singular album in September 1976 on Anchor. It features ten originals in a slick soul-pop vein. MacKillop composed “Got to Love” and co-wrote five songs with Robertson, who also collaborated with Tully on “Rocked to Stony Silence,” “I Name This Ship Survival,” “Airport Shutdown,” and “Stones Throw From Nowhere.”

Musically, Cado Belle ranges from funky upbeat numbers (“All Too Familiar,” “Airport Shutdown,” “Infamous Mister”) to misty ballads (“Rocked to Stony Silence” “Paper in the Rain” “Rough Diamonds”).

A1. “All Too Familiar” (3:04)
A2. “Infamous Mister” (3:51)
A3. “Rocked to Stony Silence” (5:27)
A4. “I Name This Ship Survival” (4:25)
A5. “Paper in the Rain” (3:58)
B1. “That Kind of Fool” (3:54)
B2. “Airport Shutdown” (3:41)
B3. “Rough Diamonds” (4:38)
B4. “Got to Love” (2:48)
B5. “Stones Throw From Nowhere” (4:44)

Keith Olsen — production

Maggie Reilly — Vocals, backing vocals
Alan Darby — Guitars
Gavin Hodgson — Bass
Stuart MacKillop — Keyboards
Davy Roy — Drums, percussion
Colin Tully — Saxophone, flute, horn arrangements

The Cado Belle EP

In 1977, Cado Belle released a EP with originals by Darby (“September”) and MacKillop (“Play It Once for Me”) between covers of Boz Scaggs (“It’s Over”) and Brenton Wood (“Gimme Little Sign”)>.

A1. “It’s Over” (2:59)
A2. “September” (5:26)
B1. “Play It Once for Me” (2:34)
B2. “Gimme Little Sign” (2:39)

Produced by Muff Winwood and Rhett Davies
Cover design Graves Aslett Assoc. (Absolute Elsewhere)

After Cado Belle

In 1979, the London-based disco trio Ritz recorded the Reilly–MacKillop composition “Ain’t No Doubt About It” on their Epic album Puttin’ On the Ritz, recorded with keyboardist Lynton Naiff (Affinity), drummer Graham Jarvis (Deep Feeling), guitarist Robert Ahwai (Hummingbird), violinist Gavyn Wright (Penguin Cafe Orchestra), trumpeter Henry Lowther, and saxophonist Ray Warleigh.

Maggie Reilly joined Mike Oldfield‘s backing band for his 1980–84 albums QE2, Five Miles Out, Crises, and Discovery. Her vocal spots include the singles “Sheba,” “Five Miles Out,” “Family Man” (a US hit for Hall & Oates), “To France” (Belgium No. 2), and the European evergreen “Moonlight Shadow,” a No. 1 hit in nine nations (UK No. 4). She’s also appeared on albums by Flairck, Runrig, Sisters of Mercy, and side-projects from the camps of Pink Floyd (Mason + Fenn) and The Stranglers (Greenfield & Burnel). Reilly launched her solo career with the 1992 Electrola disc Echoes, made with writing input by MacKillop and Hodgson.

Alan Darby joined the backing band of ex-Bay City Rollers singer Les McKeown for the 1979–81 albums All Washed Up, 100% Live (At the Budokan), The Face of Love, and Sweet Pain. He also plays on 1981 albums by Anthony Moore, Skids, and late-period String Driven Thing vocalist Kim Beacon. In 1983, he joined Fashion for their single “Eye Talk” and its parent album Twilight of Idols. Subsequent credits include late-eighties titles by Bonnie Tyler, Colin Blunstone, Mark Knopfler, Robert Palmer, and ex-Triumvirat singer Barry Palmer.

Gavin Hodgson interacts with Darby on one track (“Don’t Tell Me”) on Talking To Myself, Beacon’s 1981 second solo album (co-produced by StackridgeKorgis mainstay Andy Davis). Hodgson co-wrote three Echoes tracks (“Real World,” “Only a Fool,” “Wait”). He co-wrote five songs with MacKillop for Maggie’s 1993 album Midnight Sun. Bonnie Raitt includes the Darby–Hodgson number “Wherever You May Be” on her 2002 disc Silver Lining.

Stuart MacKillop co-wrote “Syonara,” the b-side to Maggie Reilly’s 1984 non-album cover of the Rolling StonesMarianne Faithfull ballad “As Tears Go By.” He remained one of Reilly’s main songwriters into the 21st century.

Davy Roy surfaced on 1983–84 Celtic titles by Electric Ceilidh Band and Blair Douglas.

Colin Tully scored the soundtrack to the 1981 coming-of-age comedy Gregory’s Girl, starring Altered Images singer Clare Grogan. As a sessionist, he guested on albums by Fools Gold and Smokie. He also interacted with Roy on the two Celtic titles and joined John Martyn‘s late-eighties backing band.



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