The Runaways

The Runaways were (and still are) Pam & Phil Bayne, although at times various other musicians were added to the band. They formed the Runaways in 1966. Phil had previously been a member of Carlisle bands Hod & The Shakers and The Hotrods.

Although Phil lived in Carlisle, Pam lived in the London area until her family moved to Gretna. She formed a folk duo with Janet Graham having both sung in the school choir. They later added Janet's sister Francis which added another harmony voice. Pam first came across Phil when she heard him sing at a folk contest in Carlisle's market hall and after a try-out they decided to form the Runaways. In 1968 Pam and Phil got married.

They specialised in harmony vocals and performed both fifties and sixties songs with a strong harmony content and country and western material. Their early venues were mainly youth clubs and folk clubs but they worked their way up to bigger clubs and halls, both in Cumbria and in the south of Scotland. An early high point was an appearance on Border TV in a folk music series called "One Evening of Late".

In 1969 Pete Hoban was added to the duo to be able to have three part harmonies. The Runaways started a weekly folk club in Gretna with themselves as the resident group with additional guest artists.

In 1971 the Runaways made the semi-finals of a national folk music talent competition run by Butlins. In 1973 they recorded spots for BBC local radio. By this time they were back to being a duo again and decided to concentrate more on country music.

 

 

In 1975 they again entered what had become a country music talent competition in Butlins and this time made it all the way to an appearance at the London Palladium with coverage of their success on Border TV and BBC's "Look North". Around this time Robin Holliday joined Phil and Pam on bass.

Apart from their singing ability Pam and Phil also contributed to their act in other ways. Phil became a songwriter and Pam designed and made many of their outfits. Some of Phil's songs were included on a demo recording they made in 1977 which led to a recording contract with a Scottish label "Lismor" and in 1978 they recorded an LP called "Border Country". In 1980 they participated with other local musicians in a single in support of Liverpool FC. (They have recently released a song in support of Gretna FC)

Their next venture was to present Radio Cumbria's country music show "Go Country" from the early eighties to around 1990. When they finished their run on the show they were presented with a trophy for services to country music in recognition of their work.

In 1993 Pam and Phil reformed the Runaways as a country band, including their daughter Alison. The other musicians were Dave Midgely, Bob Hinkley and Ken Bowman and this band lasted until 1995.

In 2001 Pam and Phil appeared at the Sands Centre in Carlisle with other local artists such as Olly Alcock in a show supporting the New York 9/11 appeal.