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Mirk was formed in the mid-1970s in the far North of Scotland (Thurso in Caithness to be more precise) by Ian and Marjorie Sinclair and Ray Crompton, later supplemented by Jim Sutherland, who went on to Edinburgh to form The Easy Club. They recorded two albums that I'm aware of. Any more info, email me.

Ballad Folk Mirk: Ballad Folk (BBC Records REC 293, 1977)
with Jean Redpath, Charlie Murray, The Gaugers, Lizzie Higgins, Archie Fisher, Artie & Cilla Tezise, Jimmy Hutchison, Gordeanna McCulloch and Willie Scott

Side One: Marnie (with Jean Redpath)
Side Two: The Forfar Sodjer

Marjorie Sinclair, Ian Sinclair, Ray Crompton

Alex Beaton Seasons Mirk: Moddan's Bower (Mother Earth MUM 1205, 1979)

Side One: As I Cam Ower the Muir o' Ord; The Ploughboy Laddie; The Keech In the Creel; The Cruel Mother; Bowermadden (I Sinclair)
Side Two: Sleepy Town; Brundenlaws; The King's Shilling (I Sinclair); The Glasgow-Caithness Centenery Gathering

Margie Sinclair (vocals), Ian Sinclair (guitar), Ray Crompton

Tak a Dram Mirk: Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go (Springthyme SPR 1009, 1982)

Side One: Why Should I?; Dowie Dens o Yarrow; Lady Charlotte Durham (Nath Gow); Bonnie Wee Lassie's Answer; Och Hey, Johnnie Lad (Tannahill); PM George Ross's Farewell to the Black Watch (Lawrie)/Capt Lachlan MacPhail of Tiree (Farquhar)
Side Two: Glenlogie; Cairn-o-Mount (Balfour/Cuffe); Fareweel to Cape Helles; Glasgow Caithness Centenery Gathering (Taylor)/Eighth Black-Watch On Passchendale Ridge (Bremner)/John Keith Lang (Harper)/Bill Powrie (Ian Powrie); Take a Dram (Afore Ye Go) (Sinclair)

All tracks traditional unless otherwise noted

Ian Sinclair (fiddle, guitar, 12-string guitar, vocals), Margie Sinclair (lead vocals, harmonium, autoharp), Ray Crompton (harmonium, mandola, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Jim Sutherland (cittern, bass, mandolin, bodhran)
with Andy Corsie (electronic bagpipes)

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |