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Posted By: Big Tim
24-Sep-02 - 10:54 AM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl and Stalin
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl and Stalin
Some further thoughts on Ewan:

I knew one Scottish folksinger who attended some of his workshops: she told me, in 1968, that he was "a bastard".

According to the (fairly) recent RTE docu on Luke Kelly, a communist of sorts too, Luke listened to Ewan, or pretended to, then just went his own way. I suspect that was the way for most people.

Re Jacobite songs: that was a great record Ewan made in the 60s, amazing that it never found its way onto CD. He also did a great Burns album, which is available on CD.

Where was the guy actually born? Auchterarder, Perthshire, is usually given but according to himself in Journeyman he was born somewhere in Stirlingshire, can't remember exactly where, if my memory is correct as I only read the book once, when it was first published, 1990?