Star spotting for local musicians

Neil Thomson (L) and Ged Hanley (R) from the 3 piece band "Caledonia" who featured in the movie Trainspotting 2.
Neil Thomson (L) and Ged Hanley (R) from the 3 piece band "Caledonia" who featured in the movie Trainspotting 2.

A musician from Gorebridge has told the Advertiser of his delight at appearing in the blockbuster Trainspotting 2 movie with his bandmates.

Ged Hanley (57), originally from Roslin, was joined by Caledonia colleagues Alec Jackson from Bonnyrigg and Neil Thomson from Edinburgh in the comical masonic club scene in T2, playing Rangers’ fans’ favourite Penny Arcade by Roy Orbison.

Folk musician Ged, whose brief acting experience had consisted of walk-on parts, voice overs and a part in a BBC film in the 1990s, explained how the T2 director got Caledonia on board.

He said: “Danny Boyle and the locations director came to the Edinburgh Masonic Club. He listened to the band and then asked us to come for an audition. The next day we got a call to say to go to wardrobe to get measured up.

“We filmed for two days in Glasgow with Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller. The part was made for me. I have been playing clubs since I was a teenager, so everything they asked me to play I could.

“At the time I knew the scene would be funny and watching it back it was hilarious. The ironic thing about it is I’m a Celtic fan so I have taken some ribbing about playing a Rangers song.”

Although his appearance in the movie is brief, Ged has already benefited from the Trainspotting effect. He said:“I have got Glasgow agencies phoning as they have not got many over 50s. I’m drama school trained but I was getting more work with the music, so the last 20 years I have made a living from music. Now I have got this showreel from T2, so it’s about being in the right place at the right time.

“I will always be in that film, and my name will always be on the credits at the end.”