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The Ideal Band

The Ideal Band were Chris Miller, Ken Campbell and Alasdair Robertson. Chris and Ken had been in Molendinar and subsequently toured Europe as a duo and released an LP, "The Piper's Maggot" (Topic Records). Alasdair had been in the rock band Cado Belle. The Ideal Band took their name from Bob Smith's Ideal Band (further details).

Founder Ken Campbell went on to work with Hamish Moore as a duo, and then Wendy Weatherby, toured Russia with them both, and recorded solo projects, "Going Solo" (Fellside Records 063, 1988) and "Hand Pict" (Watercolour, 1996). Ken has recently considered reforming the band, possibly with a different line-up.

Any further information about The Ideal Band would be gratefully received (email me).




The Ideal Band: A Measure of Freedom (Lismor LIFL 7003, 1984)

Side One: Dominic McGowan/The Train Journey North/Barbara's Jig/Alan MacPherson of Mosspark; The Wars o' Germany; Cumbrian Girl (Robertson); Two Swedish Waltzes; Coshieville (Stewart MacGregor); Two Breton Dance Tunes
Side Two: Miss Ailie (K Campbell)/McHugh's Other Foot (Gahagan); The Sturdy Tinker (Murray/Campbell); The Itinerant Worker (Robertson); Horseguard's Blue; Song for Glasgow (Robertson); Tam Bain's Lum/Tir Aluinn/The Black Watch Polka

All tracks traditional except where indicated

Chris Miller (vocals, Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle); Ken Campbell (vocals, Northumbrian smallpipes, guitar, cittern); Alasdair Robertson (vocals, keyboards, 6 string guitar, 12 string guitar)
with Jim Sutherland (bodhran, congas)