|Emerald Music was formed in
1964 and from the beginning
had its roots in Irish Music, later expanding to cover a
range of Scottish music, including some of Scotland's
greatest Pipe Bands.
The company founder was Mervyn Solomon, who was
also the man who first recorded Rory Gallagher and Van
Morrison. In those days, Van was fronting his own R & B
group called "Them".
Other local artists who went on to make a name
for themselves included Jim Armstrong, guitarist -
who also played with Them, and John Wilson who played
with Them and Rory Gallagher. The John Anderson Big
Band has also come through the Emerald "School".
John's big band was the backbone of the Jive Bunny hits!!
Of course in recent years we have had great success
with Celtic Pride, a dance duo who has put a whole new
dimension to Irish music and brought it to a new younger
With the combination of a vast back catalogue of
music, and the new more contemporary recordings, the Emerald
catalogue boasts to be one of the most comprehensive Irish
and Scottish record labels.