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Thread #106021   Message #2186318
Posted By: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
04-Nov-07 - 01:43 PM
Thread Name: Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor
Subject: RE: Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor
I remember watching them on the TV in my early teens, singing 'topical songs in the folk idiom'. They weren't taken very seriously by the folk scene at the time as I recall - probably lumped in with Nina & Frederick and all the other commercial so-called folkies of the time.

When I was later playing with Derek Sarjeant (this was probably '68 or '69), we played the late night Saturday folk club in the foyer of the York Theatre Royal - I think it started at 10.30 - and Robin and Jimmy had been performing in the main theatre with what I think was the touring version of the White Heather Club. Robin came to the club after the main show had finished, and got up and sang a couple of songs - The Bleacher Lass o'Kelvinhaugh was one of them - and I then realsised what a great singer of traditional songs he was, and he went up in my estimation. He knew Derek from the days they were together in TV's Hootenanny series.

No Jimmy though. The gossip at the time was that they didn't get on, and were only seen together when on stage, and kept well away from each other the rest of the time.

Didn't Jimmy later present radio shows in Scotland?