Tribute gig to our folk legend Matt McGinn
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