Saturday, 12 December 2009

Various Artists: I Was Born In Glasgow (1991)

Various Artists: I Was Born In Glasgow (Gallus Records GAL 102, 1991)

This was a one-off album put together by Ewan McVicar using the money he won in a song competition. It features a handful of singers from Glasgow including:

Iain Mackintosh, banjo player, concertina player and singer. He originally played in groups such as The Islanders and The Skerries, but is better known for his subsequent solo career.

Ian Davison was one of the young people who attended Norman Buchan's Ballads Club in Rutherglen Academy (other members included Gordeanna MacCulloch, Ann Neilson and Adam McNaughtan), and later formed a group, The Ian Davison Folk Four.

Hamish Imlach, a giant figure in Scottish folk singing.

Alan Tall, an actor and musician who provided vocals, saxophone, keyboards and percussion.

This album has not, to my knowledge, been re-released, but it is hoped that Ewan will consider it one day.

01 Iain Mackintosh: I Wish I Was In Glasgow (Billy Connolly)
02 Ewan McVicar & Alan Tall: Tam the Bam (Ewan McVicar)
03 Iain Mackintosh & Ewan McVicar: The Glasgow I Used to Know (Adam McNaughtan)
04 Ewan McVicar: Caves In the Canyons (Ian Davison)
05 Iain Mackintosh: Farewell to Glasgow (Jim McLean)
06 Ewan McVicar: Nancy Whisky (Ewan McVicar)
07 Ewan McVicar: I Belong to Glasgow (Will Fyffe)
08 Ewan McVicar & Alan Tall: Bus 33-Glasgow Rain (Ewan McVicar)
09 Hamish Imlach: Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice (Carl MacDougall)
10 Ian Davison: Doon In the Wee Room (McLughlin)
11 Ewan McVicar & Alan Tall: Dannie Lannie & his Heavy China (Ewan McVicar)
12 Hamish Imlach: Twelve and a Tanner (McKenzie/Fyffe)
13 Ewan McVicar: Barroom Mountaineers (trad)
14 Ian Davison: Going Home to Glasgow (Ian Davison)


Other albums featuring Iain Mackintosh:

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Bobby MacLeod: Maestro MacLeod (1977)

Bobby MacLeod: Maestro MacLeod (Emerald Gem GES 1171, 1977)

As the sleeve notes say, Bobby MacLeod is one of the all-time greats of the Scottish accordion. Originally from the island of Mull, MacLeod's recording career started in the early 1950s on 78rpm sides, and continued for decades afterwards. In this recording, rather like another here (Simply Solo), he is playing away from his usual band, except here he's accompanied by Wullie Thom on drums. The concept was formed as they jammed at Bobby's Hotel in Tobermory in 1976.

01 Hiram and Calum: Hi-O-Hiram/Calum Bheg
02 Piper's Delight: Millbank Cottage/The Edinburgh Volunteers
03 New Hebridean Waltz: Malcolm Ferguson
04 Two-Step: The Dancing Dustman
05 Polka: Happy Hours
06 Jiggery: Dan the Cobbler/The Maid On the Green/Jimmy McHugh
07 Reelography: Colonel Rodney/The General Election/The Byres Road
08 Waltz Musette: Bourrasque
09 March, Strathspey & Reel: Captain Carswell/Lady Macbeth/John Morrison of Assynt House
10 Pride of Erin Waltz: The Homes of Donegal/A Mother's Love/The Glens of Antrim/The County of Armagh
11 Hornpipery: The Kingston/The Golden Eagle/Off to California
12 Melodeonisticks: Les Triolets


Other albums featuring Bobby MacLeod:

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Norman Stewart: The North Highland Tradition

Norman Stewart: The North Highland Tradition (Tigh na Teud, n.d.)

Norman Stewart is from Easter Ross, and a forester by profession. He was surrounded by Gaelic music and song as a child, and when he was in Edinburgh he frequented Sandy Bell's Bar in the company of Hamish Henderson and other highly influential people. Norman met and later married Janice Clark (later of the group Highland Tradition) at a North-East ceilidh and the partnership produced one record, called Iolair. I don't know of any of his recordings being released on CD. This recording is from a cassette, but there is no date given at all.

01 Pride of Coll (Iain MacDonald)
02 Fear a'Bhata
03 Coshieville (Stuart MacGregor)
04 John of Lorne (NeilMunro)
05 As I Went to Inverness-shire
06 Kenneth J MacLeod (Donald Macleod)/Lyndhurst (Jack Smith)/The Conundrum (Peter R MacLeod)
07 The Men of Knoydart (Hamish Henderson)
08 'S Fhada leam an Oidhche Gheamhraidh (Murchadh MacPharlain a Mealabost)
09 Macallum's Lament
10 My Donald (Owen Hand)
11 A Ribhinn Og Bheil Cuimhn' Agad?
12 The North Highlands (trad/Norman Stewart)


Other albums featuring Norman Stewart: