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Scotland

Robin Hall & Jimmie Macgregor

Robin Hall & Jimmie Macgregor

Biographical

Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor are remembered as one of Scotland's most popular folk duos. They first teamed up in January 1959 after meeting in Vienna, where the two were given much encouragement by Paul Robeson, who was playing at the same concert.

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After making their first appearance on BBC's Tonight, they subsequently appeared five nights weekly for the next 14 years. The release of the Decca single "Football Crazy" in 1960 received a great deal of airplay and became one of their most popular songs, which they In the early sixties Robin and Jimmie regularly (though not exclusively) performed as part of the Galliards, a quartet made up of Hall, MacGregor, Shirley Bland and Leon Rosselson. Jimmie and Shirley married in the mid 50's and subsequently were both members of the City Ramblers. Leon Rosselson was responsible for all of the of the group's arrangements. Leon went on to become one the UK's best songwriters and solo performers. From 1961 to 1964, Robin and Jimmie performed (with and without The Galliards), appearing regularly on radio, and are particularly remembered for the series Hullabaloo. They went on to tour the world, record more than 20 albums, and appear on countless television programs. Other series' that brought them great acclaim and recognition were The White Heather Club, which they hosted for five years, and Out and About with Robin and Jimmie. With superb harmonies, Hall and MacGregor's large repertoire of songs, many of which they introduced during this period, have gone on to become folk standards; and yet their contribution to the folk scene has gone seemingly unnoticed in many circles.

In 1981 the duo called it quits, primarily Robins decision; he had never enjoyed good health, and didn't really like performing.


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