THE music video for ‘Lonesome Avenue’ carousels through the empty and quiet streets we’ve become used to since the pandemic lockdown began.

But Bankie musician Jack Law admits he wrote it before the coronavirus hit, and now it has taken on a different meaning.

The long-time performer saw half a dozen gigs cancelled since March, and has started to wonder whether his band, Raging Twilight, will ever get to play again in the traditional sense.

“For people like me, I don’t know if I will ever play a full gig again,” the 71-year-old told the Post. “It’s going to take a long time before that returns.

“Venues are going to be challenged on how many people they let in. A lot of places have their own gear - will that still be allowed? Will people want to gather in big crowds?

“For older musicians, we ain’t got a lot of time left to do this sort of thing. So for my generation, we’re having to look at other ways of doing things.

“For younger musicians, my heart goes out to them.

“But human imagination is wonderful and you keep hoping as a species we will gain enough to overcome some of these challenges.”

The former Clydebank High School pupil, along with fellow Bankie Dougie Harrison, are joined by JC Danti and Duncan Sloan in making up Raging Twilight.

But Jack, who has been enjoying the “little things” during lockdown, said he wasn’t sure when they would next be able to play together in person.

‘Lonesome Avenue’ was written about what it’s like to be on your own and disconnected - and Jack took the images of empty streets and put together the video himself, with Duncan on piano.

Jack was well known for years as a social worker and then chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, so he appreciates how challenging the pandemic and lockdown has been for many people’s mental health.

“What I would hope people watching think is, ‘It’s not just me’,” he said.

“The feelings you get when your mental health is challenged are very isolating and hopefully people will think there are others going through similar experiences now.

“There are organisations out there.”

The lockdown has meant Raging Twilight and its members, like many musicians, are trying to maintain interest online.

Their video for “Anywhere But Here” has had nearly 100,000 views on Facebook since it was premiered in early March.

Written about 18 months ago, Jack said it was inspired by American music talking about its beautiful landscape.

“Kilbowie Hill might sound as romantic as Solsbury Hill,” he says, referring to the famed Peter Gabriel track. “I draw some parallel with listening to American music.”

And for his next project, Jack is hoping to get help from Bankies who might remember his father’s pet shop on Hume Street, complete with a parrot.

Anyone with photos or memories of his father or the store are invited to email him at

Visit to watch ‘Anywhere But Here’, and for ‘Lonesome Avenue’.