Sleeve Notes (Excerpts)
The teaming of Robin Hall and JIMMIE MacGREGOR with SHIRLEY BLAND and LEON ROSSELSON, to form THE GALLIARDS, has resulted in the creation of an extremely happy and able quartet. The four have now worked together on many occasions and each member of the team has a considerable understanding of the style and capabilities of the others. Shirley and Jimmie have been singing together for several years and married shortly after their spell with The City Ramblers; they have taken their songs to Belgium, Hungary, Germany, France and Russia. Leon, a Cambridge graduate, is an accomplished guitarist and banjo player; he is responsible for most of the arrangements used by The Galliards.
Robin Hall, who proudly claims descendancy from Rob Roy MacGregor, was bom in Edinburgh. During a lengthy convalescence following his attack of polio, Robin devoted a great deal of time to music of all kinds. He became keenly interested in folk song and when he arrived in London four years ago his repertoire assured him of a welcome in the capital's folk circle's. He found Jimmie MacGregor, who had left Glasgow a year earlier, already in demand for concert work, records and radio engagements; he had already acquired a worthy reputation as a singer and instrumentalist having given up an established career as an art teacher and pottery maker to follow his interest in folk song.
It was not until I960 that Jimmie and Robin came together as a regular, working unit to make their first appearances in the BBC TV series Tonight. In the first year of their partnership they were featured in over 150 radio and television programmes and such was the swift spread of their popularity that they now draw capacity crowds whenever they make concert appearances. Their following amongst folk fans must have been built up largely by their club and stage work but they have also reached a much wider audience via Tonight, Easy Beat ...and Decca records. In the Autumn of I960 Decca released the Hall/MacGregor recording of Football Crazy and this single received a shoal of unique "plugs" when some of the country's top soccer clubs played it over their public address systems each Saturday afternoon. More recently Jimmie and Robin have been claiming a great deal of attention with the single-play release of their comedy number The Monster of Loch Ness, coupled with a spirited interpretation of Sinner Man. Their expert handling of these items is evidence of their wide-ranging vocal ability.