Hamish Imlach   •   All Round Entertainer

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  • All Round Entertainer — Vol. 2 of the Hamish Imlach Sampler
    • 1973 - Transatlantic TRASAM 31 LP (UK)
  • Side One
    1. The Calton Weaver
    2. The McGregors (Hamish Imlach, Wardrop)
    3. The Mountain Dew (Trad. Arr. Imlach)
    4. The Gaudie (Trad. Arr. Imlach)
    5. The 37 Bus (M. Toner)
    6. I Got Fooled (Hamish Imlach)
    7. The Calton Weaver (Trad. Arr. Imlach)
  • Side Two
    1. The Soldier's Prayer (Stan Kelly)
    2. McPherson's Farewell (Davie Stewart)
    3. History of Football (Hamish Imlach, Watt Nicoll)
    4. Lang Johnny Moore (Trad. Arr. Imlach)
    5. Little Maggie (Trad. Arr. Imlach)

  • Credits
    • Produced by Nathan Joseph (Tracks: 1, 3-5, 7-9)
    • Produced by Bill Leader (Tracks: 2, 6, 10 & 11)
    • Co-ordination: Laurence Aston
    • Art Direction: Ann Sullivan
    • Illustration: Rodney Matthews - Plastic Dog Graphics

Sleeve Notes

Hamish Imlach is a big subject to discuss in a few words, and any attempt to give a picture in the round is doomed to failure. But one can at least say that for years he has been one of the folk scene's biggest successes.

Joking apart, both on and offstage, Hamish is definitely larger than life. He laughs enormously and infectiously, often at his own jokes (which are usually of such monumental awfulness that they are, for me, superb!). He talks expansively and entertainingly by the hour, with an apparently inexhaustible mixture of the bawdy, the shaggy-dog and the fantastic. He is, in the best sense of the word, a true Rabelaisian. He seems to enjoy everything that comes his way, and has the rare and priceless gift of sharing that enjoyment both in his act and in casual conversation.

He is, above all, an entertainer in the old manner, when personality was at least important as a good script.

When I interviewed Hamish recently, he observed that, though he includes traditional songs in his act, he doesn't consider himself in any way a traditional artist. If someone hears me sing something traditional and is persuaded to listen to the real thing, then I'm happy.

Similarly, if anyone listening to this second Hamish Imlach sampler is led on to the real thing (the original albums), then I'll be happy too.

As, indeed, will Hamish!