"Far, Far From Ypres": keep a look out for details of a forthcoming, 10 concert Scottish tour. All details by the end of March.
Web news: the "Final Concert" DVD is now available, all links are now active. Thanks!
ALL LPs, CDs and DVD AVAILABLE NOW
Order the "Nick Keir" double album (single CD price) NOW
Reviews of "Lost Tracks"
"A very welcome treat...everything the McCalmans did best.....Ian McCalman has done a great job in tracking down gems from all eras....undoubtedly welcomed by The McCalmans' very many fans."
LIVING TRADITION REVIEW:
"Nick Keir’s magical "Cold Night In This Old Town", which is a corker..... the hilarious "Bonnyrig Banker", "So The Years Roll On"...... the perfect way to bow out. This album is dedicated to the absent members who have passed – Derek Moffat and Nick Keir. They would have been bursting with pride." Grem Devlin
Over 500 cassettes, reel-to-reels,"live" recordings, minidiscs, radio/TV shows, LPs, digital tapes, CDs and DVDs were meticulously listened to, and the songs chosen as the best of the McCalmans at the time of recording. There are tracks from every decade and every line-up of the Macs. It is on sale for £12.00, from this website (£14.00 Europe and rest of world).
Here's the track list:
CLICK ON TRACKS FOR SONG TEXTS
6 Lowlands Away (Traditional) 7 Lena the Whale (I.Blake/M. Brooks) 8 Bonnyrigg Banker (Ian McCalman) 9 Come By the Hills (W. Gordon Smith) 10 Working On the New Railroad (Traditional) 11 The Road and the Miles Tae Dundee (Traditional) 12 Willie Brewed a Peck O' Maut (Traditional) 13 The Greenland Whale Fisheries (Traditional) 14 Blow Ye Winds (Traditional) 15 The Hug Song (Fred Small) 16 John Barleycorn (Traditional) 17 Plooman Laddies (Traditional) with Barbara Dickson 18 Caledonia (Dougie Maclean)
MINI BIOG of The McCalmans:
Scottish folk singers, song writers, talkers, travellers, friends. Formed 1964 whilst architecture students. Pubs/clubs. First album 1967. Multiple TV series. Concerts. Tours in UK, Denmark, rest of Europe, world. "Best live act" award, "Hall of Fame", 27 albums, recorded 400 songs, retired 2010. Only ever three in the Macs' line-up. Total of five musicians in 46 years.
"The McCalmans" retired in 2010 but the memory lingers on. Derek Moffat and Nick Keir, huge influences in the band, tragically passed away and are sorely missed. Stephen is still very successful with his concerts and tours, often singing with his wife Pernille. Ian writes songs and stage productions ("Ypres") and records/produces in his studio. Hamish makes concertinas in Orkney and still plays beautifully.
See above re "McCalmans, LOST TRACKS". Exciting stuff.
Final mix of another great album from Stephen and Pernille.
The release of an album celebrating the many Greentrax projects, many of them involving "The Macs".
Ian completes a fund-raising run in Canada. Take it easy old man. Pernille completes a half marathon in a seriously good time. Bloody youngsters!
Week-long reunion with old friend, Iain Rankin (superb Canadian singer/songwriter) and his brilliant wife, Viive, in Toronto and Lake Huron, singing songs, drnking and laughing far too much (don't mention the bears). Iain Rankin wrote the sleeve notes for the band's first album in 1967, "All in One Mind". OOOOOLD FRIEND
Fund-raising for "Sports Relief" raised £3,900.00 via Ian's "Pensioners over the hill" initiative. Here's the link to Midlothian Advertiser's article: midlothian-walkers-on-top-of-the-world. Featured on "Sport Relief, the final count" as one of the top four projects of the year. Ian will try to find the hilarious interview (BBC) for YouTube.
Discussion with the Scottish Government, WW100 for concerts of "Far, Far From Ypres" throughout Scotland. Scripts of "Ypres" are free and will be sent to those requesting them via email. Contact this site if you would like a script.
Many of the Bordeaux (Martignas) organisers of our "Ypres" concert in France, came over for the Scotland v France rugby match. An almighty party "happened" at Ian and Ellen's house with an amazing 4 hour singing session, which was declared a draw by impartial onlookers. Scotland won the rugby though!
**Pernille & Stephen Quigg "River of Time" New Release 2015
"I've nothing to gain by saying this, because the Macs are a thing of the past, but this album by Stephen and Pernille is a real cracker. There's a lovely combination of old and new and the balance of the two voices is magic. I thoroughly recommend It." Ian McCalman
Nick's music was of great importance to him and us, so we'll keep up the news of his fine new album.
Probably the best way to order this album is to contact this website and we'll try to track one down for you.
The Edge of Night (LRK004)
A silly video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hTroqFrwms
Run-time of 2hours 45 minutes, High Definition plus old Macs' archive footage.
"Superb", "brilliantly produced", "excellent", "the quality is stunning", "wonderful archive footage", "perfect momento",
Actual quotes from buyer's comments and reviews......honest! Ian
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