The Tannahill Weavers, like all groups on the folk scene, have had many trials over the years; the hard financial struggle and changes of personnel have, indeed, almost brought about the group's demise on several occasions, but it is now 1976 and they are still on the road, more popular than ever.
The group consists of Roy Gullane (an original member), Hudson Swan, Dougie MacLean (recruited at the Kinross Festival), and the band's original roadie, Phil Smillie.
Although they are well-established in Scotland, over the last few years the band has extended its touring to include England, Denmark, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. They have served their time as support artists to such people as Billy Connolly in Scotland and Hannes Wader in Germany, but are now established as bill-toppers in their own right. Indeed, during a six-week tour of the Continent this summer they appeared at no less than twenty major festivals.
Their music, at one time heavily Irish-influenced, is now almost purely Scottish traditional. They approach their music with feeling, intelligence, grasp and understanding, but - perhaps best of all - with a sense of humour.
Here then is their first LP; in a way an acknowledgement of their past and a looking forward to the future.
Copenhagen, August 1976
We would like to thank Alan and Peggy and Michael and Christine (for looking after the bears), and everyone at New Farm, and wee Jennifer Roberts (for clapping her hands), with special thanks to Angie for the excellent food.
The Tannahill Weavers