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Ancestral Manoeuvres 1984

by McCalmans

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about

In 1982 we were never really sure if the group would survive, but when the first album with the Nick Keir line-up was released it was fairly obvious we had some sort of future, so another album beckoned, hence "Ancestral Manoeuvres". In December 1983 we recorded what was to be the first of many albums at Pier House Studios, owned by Peter Haigh. Peter also engineered the album. Frankly, I don't remember too much about it, but I recall wanting to record all day and all night. I was sorely disappointed when sessions were interrupted by luxuries like food and coffee. It was a good studio and Peter is a great engineer and we used Pier House off and on (mainly "on") for the next 10 albums.
Incidentally, we managed to get a few gigs in Cyprus, '83 and had the cover photo taken there. We look far too healthy and happy to be folkies. We managed to reverse that look later in our career.
The album was released in January 1984

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released January 1, 1984

The McCalmans are: Ian McCalman, Derek Moffat and Nick Keir.
Bass guitar: Bruce Davies
Engineer: Peter Haigh
Recorded at Pier House Studios, Edinburgh
All notes for this Bandcamp page are based on personal memories and the thoughts of Ian McCalman

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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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