Derek Tolson is from Torpenhow in Cumbria and played in various country bands over the years.
He played in the Lofthouse cowboys with Dennis Blamire, Tony Rennie and Chris Graham.
Derek, Chris Graham and Tony Rennie later went on to join Colin Wright and Ken Kirby in the Sadlers - a famous professional country music band which toured throughout the UK for a number of years.
In 1988, he helped form The Garage Band, playing the clubs and dancehalls in aid of various charities.
In 1994 they became The Reunion Band, keeping up the good work.
The Reunion band continue to play regularly and have recorded a couple of CDs.
Derek's son Alan is an accomplished guitarist and has made a major contribution to the band's sound over the years.