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Thread #106279 Message #3853705
Posted By: keberoxu
07-May-17 - 12:11 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: British Canal/Waterway Songs
Subject: RE: Tune Req: British Canal/Waterway Songs
With a copy of the "Highland Voyage" compact disc in hand, and its info booklet, some information can be reported.
Curiously, more than one of the Highland Voyage / Clyde Puffer / Para Handy people passed away rather soon after these recordings were made...but then, some of them were well up in years at that point.
"All the songs were written by Alex Mackenzie," says page two of the CD booklet. In fact actor Mackenzie was born in 1885 and died in 1965. The copyright date for the original record, listed on the compact disc, is 1963. Alex Mackenzie was one of the lead actors in "The Maggie," a feature film also distributed and released as "High and Dry." That film is an Ealing Studio film and goes back to the early 1950's. Duncan MacRae's dates are 1905 - 1967.
The CD booklet notes are written by Ken Andrew and dated 2003. Andrew remarks on the final page:
"It's a sobering thought that I am probably the only person still around who was present at these sessions." From his detailed descriptions it may be guessed that he was part of the production team, as he describes the sound effects and the studio equipment.
On the first page of the notes:
"The album...is a musical journey aboard a puffer with characters loosely based on those in Neil Munro's Para Handy stories. The album was the brainchild of the late Douglas Gray, the founder and managing director of Park Film Studios in Glasgow, and the driving force behind its subsidiary company, Scottish records, a record label whose catalogue boasts a collection of unique recordings by world-famous Scottish performers, writers, and musicians."