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Scotland

The McCalmans

The McCalmans: Peace And Plenty
1986 - Greentrax TRAX 002 LP

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  • Peace and Plenty
    • 1990 - Greentrax CDTRAX 002 CD
  • Peace and Plenty (Celtic Collections Vol. 9)
    • 2006 - Greentrax CDGMP8009 CD
      • The CD releases include 2 additional tracks.
  • Track List:
    1. Tullochgorum
    2. the Bells of the Town
    3. Song of the Plough
    4. the Colliery Gate/No You Won't Get Me Down in Your Mines
    5. The Black Bear/The Drover Lads/The Top House
    6. South Australia/Esikibo River/Blood Red Roses/Little Sally Rackett
    7. Up and Rin Awa Geordie
  • Side Two
    1. Mothers, Daughters, Wives
    2. the Highland Road
    3. Barratt's Privateers
    4. Men of the Sea
    5. Song for Europe
    6. Tae the Weavers Gin Ye Gang
    7. Leave Her Johnny
  • Bonus CD Tracks:
    1. Scotland
    2. Falkirk Tryste

  • The McCalmans
    • Derek Moffat
    • Ian McCalman
    • Nick Keir
  • Credits
    • Produced by The McCalmans
    • Recorded at Craighall Studio, Edinburgh
    • Engineered by George Veal
    • Photograph: Castle Photographic, Edinburgh
    • Sleeve Design by John Haxby

Sleeve Notes — 1986 LP release

Their music apart, the most admirable aspect of The McCalmans is their refusal to lose touch with their folk music roots. Despite a heavy international schedule of concerts, clubs, radio, TV and recording, they faithfully return home each year to play local venues. (Linlithgow Folk Club is one such venue — it was that club which gave the group their first break back in the mid-sixties and The Macs have never forgotten).

The Macs are ever ready to support new ventures. They were, for example, among the first to help get the Edinburgh Folk Festival — now in its 8th year — off the ground.

Now they have added their considerable music muscle to a fledgling record label, Greentrax Records, which I set up earlier this year, mainly to showcase unsung — or at least unrecorded — Scottish talent. My sincere thanks, therefore, go to Ian, Derek and Nick for their faith in me.

Ian D. Green


TULLOCHGORUM (Traditional)
Based on the tune The Reel of Tullochgorum. The text of this song was reputedly written by the Rev. John Skinner about the intervention of a lady in a political dispute.
Lead vocal: Ian

THE BELLS OF THE TOWN (Nick Keir)
Early one Sunday morning we were sailing back from the Isle of Man when the bells of Liverpools churches began to peal out over the deserted sunlit streets. Nick wrote this song a couple of months later.
Lead vocal: Derek

SONG OF THE PLOUGH (Nick Keir)
In the North-East of Scotland there are still meetings where ploughmen and their teams of matched Clydesdales compete to produce the straightest furrow. The competition at Jericho, just outside Forfar, inspired this song.
Lead vocal: Nick

THE COLLIERY GATE/NO YOU WON'T GET ME DOWN IN YOUR MINES (Ian McCalman/Traditional)
Two songs on the hardships of mining. The first written by Ian and the second from the singing of Peter Urwin and Bert Haasjes.
Lead vocals: Ian and Derek

THE BLACK BEAR/THE DROVER LADS/THE TOP HOUSE (Traditional)
Three tunes played by Nick.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA/ESIKIBO RIVER/BLOOD RED ROSES/LITTLE SALLY RACKETT (Traditional)
Songs from the definitive shanty collection of Stan Hugill.
Lead vocals: Ian and Derek

UP AND RIN AWA GEORDIE (Words by W. J. Hogg/Music by Ian McCalman)
The text was written by the Ettrick Shepherd, James Hogg, with all the venom being directed at George the First.
Lead vocal: Ian

MOTHERS, DAUGHTERS, WIVES (Judy Small)
Written by Judy Small. We met Judy in a club in Sydney where she sung this song which challenges the traditional role of women in times of war AND peace.
Lead vocal: Nick

THE HIGHLAND ROAD (Ian McCalman)
Based on the poem October Running by Hilton Brown and used as a theme song for one of The McCalmans TV series.
Lead vocal: Ian

BARRATTS PRIVATEERS (Stan Rogers)
The late Stan Rogers from Canada wrote this song of a disillusioned adventurer.
Lead vocals: Ian and Derek

MEN OF THE SEA (Bill Meek/John Connolly)
John Connolly and Bill Meek were part of one of our favourite groups The Broadside. This is their classic song about the life of a trawlerman.
Lead vocal: Derek

SONG FOR EUROPE (Ian McCalman)
This song is so bad, it could just qualify for the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. (Grande Bretange — Nul Points!).
Lead vocal: Ian

TAE THE WEAVERS GIN YE GANG (Traditional)
The moral is — don't talk to strange weavers.
Lead vocal: Derek

LEAVE HER JOHNNY (Traditional)
A farewell shanty.
Lead vocal: Ian

Footnote: This album completes something of a full circle for The Macs. It was recorded at Craighall Studio, Edinburgh, where the group cut their first LP way back in 1968.


Sleeve Notes — 1990 CD release

Their music apart, the most admirable aspect of The McCalmans is their refusal to lose touch with their folk music roots. Despite a heavy international schedule of concerts, clubs, radio, TV and recording, they faithfully return home each year to play local venues. (Linlithgow Folk Club is one such venue — it was that club which gave the group their first break back in the mid- sixties and 'The Macs' have never forgotten).

The Macs are ever ready to support new ventures. They were, for example, among the first to help get the Edinburgh Folk Festival off the ground.

In 1986 The Macs added their considerable music muscle to the fledgling label, Greentrax records, which I set up mainly to showcase unsung — or at least unrecorded — Scottish talent. I am greatly indebted to The Macs for their faith in me and they have since gone on to record two further albums for the label — Listen to the Heat (TRAVCTRAX/CDTRAX 019) and Flames on the Water (TRAX/CTRAX/CDTRAX 036).

Ian D. Green