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An Audience With The McCalmans 1973

by McCalmans

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The Love Bug 02:39
The Burning 02:36
Auburn Maid 03:49


This was our fifth L.P. record (what's an L.P. granny?), 1973, and our first "live" album. It was recorded in Chorley Little Theatre, Lancashire and as far as I know it was the first time that the words, "An Audience With...", had been used to describe a "live" gig. I had never been so nervous as I was before that recording. It was a straight-through recording, no retakes and no corrections in those days. It was edited by the producer and I've left out a couple of "ho hum" meaningless sentences, of which there were a few, all by me.
I think the singing is really fine and Hamish in "My Johnny is a Shoemaker" almost steals the show. I was quite impressed with the instrumental arrangements on the slow songs, particularly "The Burning" and "Auburn Maid" Looking back 50 years, the humour all seems a bit "schoolboy", but I can't argue with the facts. I think the "live" gigs of the first group line-up illustrates that we were on stage to enjoy ourselves, and we generally succeeded. There was a feeling within the group that our luck couldn't last and for the first 10 years, every day, we thought we only had another few months till the experts "rumbled us". The intros have some inaccuracies and, in at least a couple of songs, I made up the words in several verses, for instance my version of "All Around My Hat" is "inventive", to say the least and if you want to be kind, then call it the oral tradition. Also the "Mills Brothers" rip-offs were never arranged. We just heard them so often in our Danish "safe house" that we started singing them in the car and that spilled over to the stage. Apart from guitars played by Derek and me, Hamish played, on different tracks, mandolin, concertina and whistle. I also played an Old English guitar, similar to a Portuguese guitar, made by John Bailey of London in 1969. The guitar is pictured on the cover of this album. Rick Nickerson on bass (great job). Ian Grant produced and Jim Lloyd wrote the sleeve notes. Recorded Chorley Little Theatre, Lancashire, 1973
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released March 16, 2021

Producer: Ian Grant
Bass: Rick Nickerson
Sleeve notes: Jim Lloyd
Venue: "Chorley Little Theatre" (Lancashire)
Design: Splinter Group


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McCalmans Edinburgh, UK

Formed 1964, Edinburgh, studying Architecture. Ian McCalman, Derek Moffat, Hamish Bayne, for 18years.Then McCalman, Moffat, Nick Keir for 27yrs. Then McCalman, Keir, Stephen Quigg for 9yrs. 27 albums, multiple TV series. World tours. "Best live act" award, "Hall of Fame", "Hamish Henderson award", recorded 400 songs, retired 2010. folk singers, writers, talkers, travellers, Love Scotland. Friends! ... more

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