Lorraine McIntosh singer and actress was born on 5th May 1964 and spent her childhood in Cumnock. Lorraine was educated at St. John`s Primary and St. Conval`s High Schools in Cumnock. She became known to millions worldwide as the singer in Deacon Blue (one of the Scotland`s top bands). But despite a string of Top Ten hits and sell-out concerts across the world the band split up in 1994. Lorraine turned her back on fame to bring up her children.
After a four-year break, she re-launched her career by appearing in the Ken Loach film My Name is Joe. She said: “Working on the film was like a breath of fresh air and I hope to continue acting”. Lorraine had a major part in the movie which was shot entirely around the streets of Glasgow. Her work was so successful it led to a number of TV roles, including a part in Taggart and Psychos, along with a theatre tour in Mum’s The Word. She said: “I think it`s wonderful that the talent in Scotland is being utilised at last and hope to see more Scots being given a chance.”
Lorraine`s rise to fame began when she moved to Glasgow and joined Deacon Blue – the Glasgow-based band. She knew lead singer Ricky Ross and asked if she could join his group. She auditioned as a singer and was accepted by the band which was doing various gigs throughout the city. As the band`s success grew romance blossomed for Lorraine with Dundee-born singer Ricky. They married in 1990 and two years later had their first child (Emer) – they now have three children. The family eventually moved to France where Ricky concentrated on his solo career and later travelled to Los Angeles to record in 1995. It was during that summer that Lorraine first heard about My Name is Joe when writer and family friend Paul Laverty outlined the script. Two years later she was introduced to the director of the film – Ken Loach. But while she enjoys her acting Lorraine continues her singing career and has formed a new band, Cub, with Glasgow musician Brian Docherty. Since December 2002 Lorraine has played Alice Henderson in the BBC Scotland Soap River City
Taking their name from a Steely Dan song, Deacon Blue were one of the best known bands in Scotland. They formed in 1985 and performed their first concert as the opening act for The Waterboys first show in England. With the vocals of singer-songwriter Ricky Ross (and later also Lorraine McKintosh) backed by jazz and soul-inspired melodies, the group recorded several British hits in the late-1980s. Their success, however, failed to carry over to American audiences. Frustrated by their inability to secure international popularity, the group disbanded in the summer of 1994. In May 1999, the group agreed to reunite for a series of concerts in Great Britain and Europe. Their first new album in five years, Walking Back Home was released shortly afterwards.
Lorraine McIntoshCumnock History Group member Anne Griffiths was a neighbour of Lorraine when they lived in the Barshare Housing Scheme in Cumnock, Ayrshire. Anne shares this photo of John Griffiths, Lorraine MacIntosh, Jim Griffiths and Ian Drury photographed outside River View, Barshare in 1967. Lorraine had come with her family as overspill from Glasgow and lived round the corner in Barshare Road.