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The Sutherland Brothers are British brothers Gavin Sutherland (born 6 October 1951, Peterhead, Scotland), bassist / vocalist and Iain Sutherland (born 17 November 1948, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland), vocalist / guitarist / keyboards. Probably best-known for the song “Sailing” (later a world-wide hit for Rod Stewart), the brothers began performing as a folk / rock duo in the early 1970s, including recording one albums as The Sutherland Brothers Band. From 1973 to 1978 the brothers joined with rock band Quiver to record and tour as Sutherland Brothers & Quiver. Under this combined moniker, the group recorded several albums and had a significant international hit single with the song “Arms of Mary” in 1976.

The Sutherland Brothers began their career in 1968 as A New Generation, having some yearly success with the single “Smokie Blues Away” (which used a melody based on the main theme of Dvořák’s, New World Symphony). Their first minor hit was “The Pie” in 1970. Subsequently re-billed as The Sutherland Brothers Band, they won a new recording contract with Island Records and put out an album under that name in 1972.

In an effort to diversify and expand their folk-based sound, the Sutherland Brothers joined forces with a local rock band known as Quiver. Quiver originally comprised guitarist and singer Cal Batchelor, guitarist Tim Renwick, bassist Bruce Thomas and drummer John “Willie” Wilson. Keyboardist Peter Wood had replaced Batchelor just before the band joined up with the Sutherland Brothers.

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