The McCalmans   •     An Audience with the McCalmans

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  • An Audience with the McCalmans
    • 1973 - RCA LSA 3179 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. Bonnie Dundee
    2. The Trawling Trade (John Connolly)
    3. My Johnny Is a Shoemaker
    4. Charles In France
    5. The Love Bug Will Bite You
    6. The Burning
    7. Kilgannon Mountain
  • Side Two
    1. Mingulay Boat Song
    2. Auburn Maid
    3. All Around My Hat
    4. Bread and Fishes (Alan Bell)
    5. Sweet Senorita
    6. Goodnight and Joy

  • The McCalmans
    • Derek Moffat
    • Ian McCalman
    • Hamish Bayne
  • Musicians
    • Rick Nickerson: bass
  • Credits
    • Produced by Ian Grant
    • All Trad. Arr. The McCalmans, unless otherwise noted

Sleeve Notes

If your knowledge of The McCalmans is confined to television, radio or record - that is until this record-you only know the half of it. A live performance by Ian McCalman, Hamish Bain and Derek Moffat is an experience to be enjoyed, savoured, and then repeated at frequent intervals. An audience adds an extra dimension to their performance, inspiring them to greater heights and, occasionally, sending them crashing to the depths - with Ian's eyes upturned to heaven for divine guidance or a swift and merciful release.

This album captures The McCalmans at their best - with an audience. As with all their live performances, it is a mixture of traditional songs such as My Johnny is a Shoemaker and The Trawling Trade, good contemporary material like Bread and Fishes, and their own inspired versions of old Mills Brothers' hits including their show-stopping treatment of Sweet Senorita.

So, if you have not yet experienced The McCalmans live let this album serve as an introduction to their unique talent - if you have you will buy it anyway. The only other thing you need to know is that, when you see them in concert, Ian is on your left, Hamish is in the middle and Derek is on the right...

Jim Lloyd