Music star Alwyn fights back after stroke to aid charity

© DC ThomsonMusician Alwyn James
Musician Alwyn James

An inspirational musician, who continued making and writing songs after a life-changing stroke, has been praised for raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

Alwyn James was a classics teacher at Glenalmond College in Perthshire and an accomplished blues musician when he suffered a severe stroke in 1998.

He feared his musical career might be over, but with help and support from the MacKinnon Centre in Broughty Ferry he was able to re-learn old skills and even gain a few new ones.

Using synthesised and sampled instruments, as well as the harmonica, Alwyn was able to perform again with his old band Roll Wyn James.

His latest album Unfinished Business, featuring songs written by Alwyn, is available to download from music site bandcamp and has proved a big hit with fans.

Over the last 14 years, he has made £12,000 for Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

In a letter to Alwyn, a spokesman for the charity told him: “It is obviously a major accomplishment for any band to come together and produce a successful album.

“But it is exceptional that you are able to contribute so much to this piece of work, despite the difficulties you experience as a result of your stroke.”

He added: “What an incredible achievement. I hope your efforts will encourage and inspire others who attend the Chest Heart and Stroke service, as you have for many years.”

As well of his musical talents, Alwyn has also learned to paint.