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Thread #26470   Message #3793474
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Jun-16 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Fairfield Crane/Shipyard Apprentice
Subject: The Fairfield Crane
After a wonderful concert from Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham Sunday, we had a singaround Wednesday with Keith and Sylvia and a gaggle of wonderful singers. My friend Allan MacLeod, who has one of the most beautiful male voices I have ever heard, sang "The Fairfield Crane." I've heard Allan sing this song before, and he often tells the story of how he'd see that crane daily when he lived in Glasgow when he was young. People in Glasgow could tell the economy from that crane. When the crane was working, the economy was good.
Now all the cranes are gone, but for one (not the Fairfield Crane) that is preserved for us who visit as tourists. Biggest damn crane I've ever seen.
Here's a nice recording of the song:I wish I had a recording of Allan singing it.