North Staffordshire music legend Iain Sutherland has died

LEGENDARY singer, songwriter and musician Iain Sutherland, who brought up in the Staffordshire Moorlands, has died aged 71.
Iain was the other half of The Sutherland Brothers, with his younger brother Gavin, 68, who performed folk and rock music on the British music scene in the early 1970s, and then from 1973 to 1978 joined with rock band Quiver to record and tour as The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver.
Under the combined moniker, the group recorded several albums and had a significant international hit with ‘Arms in Mary’ in 1976.
The brothers were born in Aberdeenshire before later moving down with their family to the Moorlands village of Blythe Bridge, and were students at Moorside Secondary Modern School at Cellarhead.
They began their music career in 1968 as A New Generation, having some success with the single ‘Smokey Blues Away’, backed with ‘She’s a Soldier Boy’ on Spark.
They went on to later produce ‘Sailing’, which had much radio play but was commercially unsuccessful, but was later covered by Rod Stewart with worldwide success and remains popular to this day.
Iain, who died peacefully at home on Monday, surrounded by his family, went on to pursue a solo career and in recent years was happy to play at local gigs, including making an appearance at Leek Show a few years ago.