As visitors to any city square will testify, there's no such thing as a Lone Pigeon, but Gordon Anderson's recording name signifies the break from his former life. Anderson was a pivotal component of the Beta Band, before fleeing the coop to find a less pressurised environment in Fife. The parallels with Pink Floyd refugee Syd Barrett are innumerable but Anderson is flourishing, not fracturing.
Everything about the Lone Pigeon makes a kind of oblique sense. He's one of those out-of-time pop-artisan characters that you want to love. He was sensible enough to leave The Beta Band before they became a relatively 'big name,’ an almost inverse situation to 'I almost was a Beatle' misery (you'd be glad to have saved yourself the ignominy). The Pigeon's history hints at hide-outs in rural England, psychedelic-record-collection as mentor, and pop fed through 4-track systems.