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Robin Hall was born in Edinburgh in 1936 but spent most of his early years in Glasgow. He is a direct descendant of Rob Roy MacGregor and of Mungo Park, the explorer. His mother had been an opera singer, and Robin was nurtured on a generous diet of classical music and music hall songs. As a teenager, he played with a traditional jazz group, studied the piano, and spent his spare time digging up American folk songs and investigating the folk material of his native Scotland. He came to London in 1957 armed with a large repertoire of folk songs and a guitar He teamed up with Jimmie MacGregor in 1959.
JIMMIE MacGREGOR is a young Glaswegian who studied at the Glasgow School of Art. In his spare time he learned the guitar and a number of Scottish folk songs, and whilst this retained his interest, he went ahead and became an art teacher following a visit to London's jazz and skiffle clubs in 1957, his enthusiasm for folk music was fired anew, and packing up his belongings he left Glasgow. He is very keen on harmony singing and has met an ideal partner in Robin. Together they have built up a large repertoire of songs ranging through Glasgow children's ditties, ballads, students' songs, and topical numbers.
ROBIN and JIMMIE are Britain's most widely known and popular folk singers. In 20 months together (since January 1960) they have made over 250 appearances on B.B.C. Radio and Television, an average of three programs a week. They are known to millions owing to their repeated appearances on Tonight (B.B.C. T.V., 7 million viewers), Saturday Club (10 million listeners) and Easybeat (6 million listeners). They are immensely popular with a great variety of audience: folk, jazz, concert, variety theatre, appealing to a very wide strata of people, young and old.