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Wednesday, 19 June, 2002, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Beach Boys fans surf the sounds
Beach boys tribute
Fans are encouraged to join in the singing

The surf could be up for Beach Boys sing-a-likes at a Edinburgh Arts Centre this weekend.

Professional musicians will be teaching laid back West Coast harmonies in a workshop of fans from across the UK - and the singalong is open to anyone to join in.

It is part of the Scottish Weekend, organised by the official fan club Beach Boys Britain at the St Brides Centre in the city's Gorgie district.

"It is a kind of coming out of the closet," said organiser Alex McCambley.

Beach Boys Britain fans - surfin' Scotland
Beach Boys Britain fans - surfin' Scotland

"People shouldn't fear that we're a bunch of anoraks, we just want to celebrate with music."

There is a focus to the celebrations - fans are wishing Beach Boys legend, Brian Wilson a happy 60th birthday.

Invigorated by the recent Wilson concert in Edinburgh's Playhouse theatre, the fans will be paying tribute to his talents.

Wilson is revered by them as much for his struggle to overcome drug addiction and mental illness as for the music.

Birthday Boy

"The Playhouse concert was amazing, unbelievable, incredible - a real five star event," said Edinburgh aficionado Derek Dick.

Another long-term fan, Tom McGill, defended Wilson's previous UK performance, at the Queen's Jubilee Concert, after getting a ribbing about it from workmates.

He said: "They said he was just like a puppet, but these guys don't know what Brian has gone through over the years. Anyway, most of them have got a copy of the band's Greatest Hits tucked away somewhere!"

As well as the harmony singing, and the Wilson tribute, the Beach Boys Weekend will feature stalls selling rare records and memorabilia, and a talk about the band and their songs from writer Andrew G Doe.

Fans are paying tribute to the legendary Brian
Fans are paying tribute to the legendary Brian
Wishing Wilson, 'Happy Birthday Brian,' will be Beach Boys Britain's own tribute band, 'West Coast Bias'.

Practice can be a little difficult for the group, as band members live as far apart as Surrey and Aberdeenshire.

But Alex McCambley, who plays with West Coast Bias himself, said they are well loved by the fans and a regular feature of all club conventions.

"We're keeping the music alive. It's such marvellous music and people keep coming back to hear more of it."

For Tom McGill the Beach Boys song, 'Add some music to your day', sums it up.

"We want people to come along and add some Beach boys to their day," he said.

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