Tribute gig to our folk le­gend Matt McGinn

Cameron Bros’event

Rutherglen Reformer - - Whitlawburn - Dou­glas Dickie

One of Ruther­glen’s most fa­mous res­i­dents will be hon­oured next month.

Jan­uary 5 marked the 40th an­niver­sary of the death of Matt McGinn, but Scot­tish folk group The Cameron Brothers reck­ons he is as rel­e­vant as ever.

They will once again per­form their ac­claimed McGinn meets Seeger, MacColl and Dy­lan show at East Kil­bride Vil­lage Theatre on Fe­bru­ary 11.

In ad­di­tion to that gig, the first new com­pi­la­tion of Matt’s songs in more than a decade will be re­leased in March.

Dun­can Cameron, who ap­pears in the show with brother Johnny, says both events are fit­ting trib­utes to the great man.

“Although Matt died 40 years ago his rep­u­ta­tion en­dures and even ex­pands,” he said. He left be­hind a daz­zling legacy of more than 500 songs and was dubbed Scot­land’s Woody Guthrie. He still has a huge fol­low­ing to­day.”

The show, with fel­low mu­si­cians Ian Ren­nie, Gus Simp­son, Ray­mond McGuire and John Jones, fea­tures McGinn’s songs along with the mu­sic of Pete Seeger, Ewan MacColl and Bob Dy­lan. There will also be guest ap­pear­ances by Vivien Scot­son, Dun­can McCrone and Forbes Walker.

Dun­can, of East Kil­bride, said: “The so­cial com­men­tary of the four artists in song and lyric changed the face of con­tem­po­rary folk mu­sic from the 1960s on­wards.”

The al­bum, ‘On the Road from Al­der­mas­ton: The Transat­lantic Years 1966-69’ is the first of­fi­cial re­lease of McGinn songs since 2003. It will be avail­able on­line from Cherry Red Records.

Dun­can added: “It’s al­ready hotly tipped to be Folk Al­bum of the Year 2017. Matt would have been burst­ing with pride.”

Tick­ets for McGinn meets Seeger, MacColl and Dy­lan cost £ 12 (£ 10 con­ces­sion) and are avail­able from www.sll­cbox­of­fice. co.uk or by calling 01355 261000.

Legacy The Cameron Brothers want to keep the legacy of Matt McGinn (inset) alive

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