The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #1819   Message #4071758
Posted By: Felipa
13-Sep-20 - 05:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Wee Magic Stane (Johnny McEvoy)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wee Magic Stane (Josh McRae?)
"Josh MacRae (17 July 1933 – 1977) was a Scottish folk singer. His actual name was Iain Macrae, but he called himself Josh after the blues musician Josh White..." info found on a BBC site but attributed to Wikipedia.

DT attribution to Johnny McEvoy is probably incorrect (I think McEvoy started composing songs later), the stone was stolen on Christmas Day 1950 not 1951 according to accounts I've been reading. And the right stone was definitely found according to Ian Hamilton, one of the theives, interviewed circa 2008. It was a rather amazing exploit. The four students who stole the stone were not charged, for fear that a court case would encourage support for Scottish nationalists and lead to public unrest. One of the students even became a lawyer.

okay, now I'm going to start a new thread with lyrics of Òran na Cloiche (song of the stone)