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House Full 1976

by The McCalmans

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Kora 03:18
Mine 02:49
Aikie Braes 04:34
Boat Song 04:27
Tim McGuire 04:20


This was our 7th album and our second "live" effort. Not too embarrassing but I'm not the only musician to question intros on an "audience album". Let me tell you, the intros can make you cringe a bit, 45 years later.
It was recorded at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester and the audience was magic. This was the only "live" album we recorded over a period of two nights and the first night wasn't great. We had a listen in the mobile recording studio and made adjustments, technically and artistically and then told a "whopper" to the audience on the second night, telling them we had great recordings of all the songs and "tonight we'll just have some fun". We did. It got to be known as "the live album with the whale story" but the singing was good and the introductions, though embarrassing now, worked OK. Dave Moses was brilliant again and although it's an album of its time, I think it "stands up" even now. Brother Dougie took the cover photographs and I did the cutting-out stuff at the front but couldn't resist retouching, on Photoshop, some of the scissor inaccuracies on the collage, just for Bandcamp.


released March 31, 1976

Producer: John Whitehead
Engineer: Peter Lodge,
Bass: Dave Moses
Photos (25 of them): Douglas McCalman
Graphics on front cover: Ian Mccalman
Recorded at the Phoenix Theatre, Leicester. 30th and 31st March, 1976


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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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