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The Bonnie Scots   •   Laugh and Cry

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  • Laugh and Cry
    • 1969 - Birchmount BM.543 LP (CAN)
  • Side One
    1. This Land Is Your Land
    2. The Drunken Man
    3. Jeanie McCall
    4. Northern Lights of Aberdeen
    5. Scotland 'Ra Brave
  • Side Two
    1. Coulter's Candy (Ali Bali Be)
    2. Lonely Prison Cell
    3. Dundee Weaver
    4. The Billy and The Sally
    5. Lizzie Lindsay

  • The Bonnie Scots
    • Mike Madden
    • Jackie Dixon
  • Musicians
    • Fergus O'Byrne: Banjo, Organ
    • Dermot O'Reilly: Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
    • Tom Henderson: Drums
    • Merrill Mills: Bass Guitar
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Sound Canada Recording Center,
    • Don Mills, Ontario, Canada
    • Recording & Re-Recording Engineer: Martin Hurst
    • Executive Producer: Art Snider
    • Front Cover Photo: Neil Evans
    • Album Co-Ordinator: Frances Handelman
    • Special Thanks To Mike Clancy and Terry McAloon for their assistance.

Sleeve Notes

THE BONNIE SCOTS were transplanted from their home towns, not far from Glasgow, to Canada some four years ago. The success which they enjoyed in the pubs and clubs of Glasgow has followed them to Canada, because they are the type of entertainers who are quick to make themselves at home, along with their audiences, in any environment. The lads make no secret of the fact that their common platform is their nationality, and no one is more proud of being Scottish than this delightful duo, who love to sing and joke of their native land.

Politicians and bigots alike could learn a lesson from their good-humoured approach to the age-old problems that split countries down the middle. As McLuhan says, "the medium is the message", and it's only by listening to this record that you can appreciate the involvement of these delightful characters.

The good-humoured "Ranger's and Celtic" rivalry of the boys creeps into the old ballad "All Bali Be". Liberties are also taken with "Scotland 'Ra Brave" which, according to Mick and Jackie, is the "land of Pakistannis, Andy Capps and Setterday Sannies…" But enough of this blethering. Stick the record on and "Laugh and Cry" with THE BONNIE SCOTS.

Bill Burt
Assistant Editor, Canadian Printer