The following year, Peter was approached by Paul Samson to join the band, Samson, and was immediately involved in writing and recording the "Look to the Future" album that was scheduled for an Autumn release. The band recorded a session for Tommy Vance's Radio 1 Rock Show including a jingle that was used until the show was taken off the air. They headlined the Astoria in London and their album, "Refugee", was released a year later following a remix by Paul Samson but, by this time, the band had disbanded and Peter returned to Glasgow and decided to take a haitus from the music business.
Apart from a handful of gigs with Glasgow band, Blind Alley, in 2007 - 08, Peter kept a low profile musically until 2010 when Moritz re-formed to promote their 1987 "City Streets" EP which was re-released in CD format and contained a number of bonus tracks. In 2010, Peter teamed up with Greg Hart (Cats in Space) to write and record new material resulting in the "Undivided" album and followed up three years later with "SOS" and a short tour which culminated in an appearance at the inaugural HRH AOR in 2013. In 2017, Moritz released the album "About time too" and appeared at both the Cambridge Rock Festival and Rockingham in addition to a number of club gigs
Peter also sings with Chris Glen (SAHB / MSG) & The Outfit, who perform classic Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Michael Schenker songs, when Chris is not on tour.
Keyboard player, Al Hearton, hails from Ayr, and is classically trained having studied music at Napier and Glasgow Universities. He was a member and co-writer of Epic Leaf/Arrival who signed to Phonogram as "Frontier" in 1989. He has worked with Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Mike Rutherford (Mike & The Mechanics, Genesis), Pig Iron, Tommy Allen's Trafficker, Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson Group) The Sneakers, Dr. JJ's Blues Band and has played on countless sessions both in London and Scotland. His own Hammond-led band, "Bluesgrinder", have appeared in several venues and blues festivals and recorded live for BBC Radio 6 Music at the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios with Bruce Dickinson, Alex Dickson (Gun) and a host of other guests. Among his many influences, Al cites Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Lyle Mays and Otis Span and, while possessing two vintage Hammond Organs and a Yamaha C3X Grand Piano, he plans to use a Roland VK77 Hammond clone and Roland Integra module through Roland amplification in the Brian Rawson Band.
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Vocalist, Peter Scallan, started out singing with Guliano Gizzi in what would eventually become GUN and left a short time after their appearance at Radio Clyde's Kelvingrove Festival. In 1986, he recorded an album with London band, L.A. Secrets, that included Laurence Archer (Grand Slam, UFO/Wild Horses) and Clive Edwards (Wild Horses/UFO) on drums. He joined AOR band, Moritz, sometime later and played a headline show at the Marquee in Wardour Street after only a week! Despite an EP that was well received and great live reviews, they failed to land a major deal and split up at the close of 1988.
21 year old bass player, Jay Jay McMeekin, studied musical performance and theory in Glasgow and has been an active member of the Glasgow music scene since he was eleven years old. He is a former member of the award winning bands "Bags of Rock" and "Miles Goodwin's Allstars" and for a time played with the"East End Band" which he formed to play the Glasgow circuit. He can be seen playing around Glasgow with the hip-hop band "Ooky" when he is not gigging with the Brian Rawson Band.
Seventeen year old drummer, Tom Potter, was a finalist in the "UK Young Drummer of the Year" in 2014, 2015 and won the title in 2016. He was selected as the drummer for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra and was also invited to join the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. He was a member of the Williams Jazz Quartet and plays with the Indie band, "Bad Jeff". He has played the Albert Hall in London with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and Lianne Carroll, supported Thomas Lang in Glasgow and Keith Carlock (Steely Dan/Sting) in Manchester and the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island with George Garzone. He can also be seen in the Dr. Bernardo's advert which was broadcast nationwide since 2016.
Belfast born, Brian Rawson, was a member of The Tearjerkers
(Good Vibrations/Phonogram) who toured with Thin Lizzy, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Doll by Doll and Rachel Sweet. He relocated to London where he played guitar on Jim Lyttle's demo's with Jimmy Bain (Rainbow/ Wild Horses/Dio) producing and playing bass on the track, "Rough, Tough & Pretty Too" in the band that would eventually become Rogue Male. Brian emigrated to the U.S. and, most notably, played guitar on American singer/songwriter Jon Lacabanne's album "Amen", recorded all the guitars on Deidre Cunningham's album "Sunny Days" and played a one-off gig in Nashville with "Handsome" Mick Rowe's band, "Nineteen88", before returning to the UK where he joined "Sweet" for a UK tour. Prior to forming his own band, he was a member of The Lynsey Dolan Band and co-wrote the track "Do Right Man" which appears on the "Jock's Juke Joint - Volume 2" CD and played all the guitars on EmmaJane's "Red shoes" EP.