HALF-a-century ago a group of scruffy-haired music-mad sixth-formers got together for a jam in their school science lab and the Dhogie Band was formed.

Five decades and numerous line-ups and hairstyles later, the band is still rocking and has launched its latest collection, featuring Welsh and English tracks written by present members and former Dhogie Busker Jones, capturing the distinctive Dhogie Band sound that many will recognise.

The album ’50’ is a celebration of all things Dhogie and is dedicated to the fans, former members and supporters who have enjoyed their music throughout the last 50 years.

Two of the founding members, guitarist and singer John Humfrey and keyboard player Eric Nicholas, remain with the Pembrokeshire-based band today and a number of talented musicians have joined them to fill dance floors around west Wales and beyond over the years.

The band first performed at Crymych hall under the name the Contrabands, and went on to become the popular Dhogie Band, which has stood the test of time with numerous TV and radio appearances, several albums and gigs at a countless locations from local pubs to large events.

Many former members joined the current line-up, which includes Ed and Iwan Hughes and Lee Mason, for a special performance at the recent Midway Motors Vintage Show Dance in Crymych.

John said: “We wanted to do something to mark this 50-year landmark.

“Over the years we have performed to different generations, alongside many characters and talented people.

“We still have a great time playing and recording, and I think the band has gone from strength-to-strength. It’s always great to see people enjoying our music and having a good time.”

The CD is available from www.dhogieband.com and a growing number of local shops.