The Incredible Journey Of The Original Hurdy Gurdy Man - Mac MacLeod

The Incredible Journey Of The Original Hurdy Gurdy Man
Mac Macleod's incredible musical journey starts in
the smokey folk clubs of the early sixties, where he appeared alongside
Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Maddy Prior (as Mac & Maddy), Mick
Softley (as Soft Cloud) and Donovan. He moved on to garage rock and full
blown psychedelia, in groups such as the Other Side and The Exploding
Mushroom. Showing his friend Donovan some finger-picking guitar
techniques, they busked around the West Country in 1964, before
accompanying the tousled troubadour during his Pye years, and playing
the NME pollwinner's concert in 1965. In 1968 Donovan repaid his
friendship with a song, Hurdy Gurdy Man, written specially for Mac and
his group Hurdy Gurdy. They performed their power version for Donovan at
his Hertfordshire home, influencing the bard who adopted their electric
fuzz for his next single.Mac's journey was to take him around
Britain, and across Sweden and Denmark, where he first formed Hurdy
Gurdy. The group became an underground favourite and went on to headline
at Middle Earth, supporting Pink Floyd at the same venue. The
forthcoming anthology contains all of Mac's rare recordings, from the
acoustic folky beginnings through a succession of one-off groups, the
sitar-drenched Amber, two previously unheard blistering tracks from
Hurdy Gurdy themselves, and even a guest appearance with a fledgling
post-Zombies: Argent.Bringing the collection completely
up-to-date are four tracks by Mac's present band Silverlining. Their
brand of swirling folk-blues can be heard on The Cuckoo and Donovan's
Season Of The Witch, while Mac's new take of Hurdy Gurdy Man is nothing
short of brilliant.In the 60's the press were fond of claiming that
Donovan's influences were Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Whilst an admirer
of these performers Donovan actually said in Beat Instrumental: "The
man who encouraged and helped me most was a fellow called Keith 'Mac'
Macleod, I've known him for about three years, and he's taught me
everything from chord progressions on the guitar, to how to appreciate
folk and real blues".Now in the Noughties Donovan and Mac have
become reacquainted. They are planning to work together again, probably
on Donovan's next set of live dates, when promoting the release of the
forthcoming EMI box set of his work.
Our Price: £9.95
Code: RPMBC258
Weight: 200
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