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Ronnie Browne   •   The First Time

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  • The First Time
    • 1992 - Reekie REEMCD101 CD (UK)
  • Tracklist
    1. Donald McGillavry
    2. The Hielan' Man (Matt McGinn)
    3. Afton Water
    4. Black is the Colour of My True Love's Hair
    5. The Effen Bee (Words: Matt McGinn)
    6. No More Wild Rover (Words: Jimmie Macgregor)
    7. Scotland is the Place for Me (Words: W. Gordon Smith)
    8. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan McColl)
    9. Blackwaterside
    10. A Scottish Holiday (G.W. Hill)
    11. Flower of Scotland (Roy Williamson)
    12. We're No' Awa' Tae Bide Awa' (additional words: Ronnie Browne)
    13. The Wild Mountain Thyme (McPeake)

  • Credits
    • Recording & Production: Ali Anderson & Pete Waugh
    • Photographs: Alan Peebles and Norman Wilson
    • All tracks on this album were recorded live — 1991-1992 at Ronnie Browne solo concerts
    • All songs Traditional — Arranged by Ronnie Browne, unless otherwise noted

Sleeve Notes

I'm sure you can imagine some of the questions in my mind as I approached 1991, my first year as a solo performer having previously spent all of my professional life on stage in 'company'.

"Can I arrange enough new material?"
"Will they accept the standards with only one voice?"
"Will they still put their bums in the seats?"
"Can I last two hours up there on my own?"
"Can I provide variety?"
"Can I still enjoy the performance?"
"Will they still enjoy the performance?"

All these questions, and more. Well, the only way to find out was to try it out.
That I have done, and this album has been produced as some kind of tangible answer to the questions.
The short spring tour of 1991 was designed to get me back hp on the metaphorical horse. Its success encouraged me to go out again quickly in the autumn of 1991 to consolidate, and the last concert of that tour was on January 25th, 1992, In His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen. Part of the 'Press & Journal' crit of that show read;
"...Far from being a pathetic figure limping along without his partner, Ronnie Browne has simply entered a new phase in his career…"
Enough said ? Ill be seeing you.

Ronnie Browne