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Andy Mackenzie and John MacPhail

Another duo about which I know almost nothing. I received an email from David Logan, however:

I remember Andy and John when they played round the tourist circuit in the late 70s. I saw him regularly at the "Mercury Motor Inn" in Ullapool and gigged with him at the "Cambusnethan Priory" in Wishaw about 1980. I dont know much about John, but Andy lived in Slamannan near Falkirk. I was quite friendly with him for a while. Andy tended to dress in Tartan for his gigs and played pipes, mandolin, guitar, bodhran and Tenor Banjo, in fact, the first tenor banjo I ever played was Andy's. Andy used to travel to gigs in a Reliant Regal Supervan III! - 3 wheeled car.

Other sources report that John MacPhail was living in Fort William during the mid 1980s, and performed solo at various hotels in the area. Any further information would be gratefully received (email me).



Andy Mackenzie and John MacPhail (Loudon Records LDN 460, n.d.)

Side One: Skye Boat Song; Bread and Fishes; Flowers of Edinburgh/Soldier's Joy; Massacre of Glencoe (McLean); Sound the Pibroch; Highland Harry
Side Two: Macpherson's Rant; Helen of Kirkconnel; The Life of a Rover; Ye Jacobites by Name; A Man's a Man; Scotland the Brave (Hanley/McLurg)

All songs traditional except where indicated

Andy Mackenzie, John MacPhail