Stuart Murdoch

1968 -

Pop singer. Born in Ayr, Murdoch was raised Clarkston (East Renfrewshire) and educated at Eastwood High School. He moved to Glasgow, studying for a time at the University of Glasgow but never graduated due to illness. With Stuart David (b. 1969), Murdoch formed the indie pop band Belle and Sebastian in Glasgow in 1994. Both had been part of the Beatbox programme for unemployed musicians at Stow College. The band has gone on to release eleven albums; namely Tigermilk (1996), If You're Feeling Sinister (1996), The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998), Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (2000), Storytelling (2002), Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006), Belle and Sebastian Write About Love (2010), Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (2015), Days of the Bagnold Summer (2019) and What To Look For In Summer (2020). The band won a Brit Award for Best Newcomer in 1999.

For many years Murdoch lived in Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church hall, serving as its caretaker. Today, he still lives in Glasgow and campaigns for research into chronic fatigue syndrome.

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