The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #88111   Message #1650147
Posted By: Scotus
17-Jan-06 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: Happy! – Jan 17 (Matt McGinn 1928-1977)
Subject: RE: Happy! – Jan 17 (Matt McGinn)
Oh, Abby - you bring back many happy memories!

Not least sharing a car journey from Dunfermline to Elie with Matt in John Watt's Austin A40 during which we got the full McGinn treatment. This would have been around 1966, I think.

I always thought that Billy Connolly owed an enormous debt to Matt - many of Billy's weirder characters seem to me to come straight from Matt!

Pete Seeger often included Matt's songs in his performances and championed him around the world.

I would highly recommend the book you mention 'McGinn of the Calton' to anyone, but caution that you are likely to suffer split sides within a few pages!

Jack Beck