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Who's Who in Scottish Folk Music

Makfolk
1972-present. Released an album in the 1990s (?) - Then and Now (Sleepytown Records SLPYMC005) with no date or biographical information.
Martin, Danny
Danny played guitar, banjo and mandolin, which he learned while at Dundee Art College in the 1960s. He started playing with Stan Davidson in a duo in 1968, naming themselves Kishmals Plankton and they were regulars at the Abbey Folk Club in Arbroath. In 1972 he formed Durin's Bane with Neil Ritchie and Terry Moug. In 1973 Danny married Brenda Russell.
McKay, Ken
Originally from the Hamilton/Blantyre area, Ken made his name with The Livingstones, and recorded two albums with them in the 1960s. Ken moved to Dundee in 1970/71 and joined forces with John McGuire to do some gigs in the area. By November 1971 he had joined long-established group The Taysiders.
McKenzie, Heather
Heather, from Broughty Ferry, performed at various local folk clubs in the late 1960s, both solo and with Doug Carrie of The Killies. Her material was mostly traditional, with "Joan Baez-type stuff" accompanied by herself on guitar.
McNaughton, Eddie
A well-known figure in the Dundee area from the late 1960s, Eddie was involved in many different groups and duos, including a duo with Jim Fowler (called The Rambling Pitchfork), with Dean Eastwood (called The Eastwoods) and with Tom Corness (simply called Eddie and Tom). He played with groups including The Edinburgh Jacobites for a while in 1969, and in 1972 he teamed up with Richard Browne (ex-Procul Harem) and Alan Barty and was also involved in Tomorrow's Chldren. He developed the cabaret side of his act, calling himself Ed Kelly and working on the social club circuit in the North of England.
Merry Muses, The
John McLaggan (mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar; formerly of The Clansmen and The Ferndales), Les Adam (vocals, tambourine) and Alex Liggins (vocals, 12-string guitar). All three were members of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (the TMSA), and were influenced by Hamish Imlach.
Miller, Ed
Edinburgh singer Ed Miller sang at various folk clubs and was secretary of the Edinburgh University Folksong Society. He moved to Austin Texas to do graduate work in Geography and later Folklore. He's still based there and sings at concerts, folk clubs, festivals, Highland Games etc all over America. He has released 6 CDs so far, the most recent being Generations of Change. Check out Ed's web page at www.songsofscotland.com.
Miller, Eddie
Dundee singer Eddie Miller lived in Portsmouth while he was in the Merchant Navy. While down south he played in a group called Sunburst and in a duo called Haggis and Git.

Mirk
Formed in about 1974, Mirk were from Thurso and consisted of Ian Sinclair, Marjorie Sinclair (both from Glasgow) and Ray Crompton from Southport. Later joined by Caithnesser Jim Sutherland, they recorded two LPs, Moddan's Bower (1979) and Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go (1982). Jim went on to help form The Easy Club in Edinburgh. Discography.
Miro
A group who used to play at Edinburgh's Ensign Ewart pub, a stone's-throw from Edinburgh Castle. They were Simon Fleming (fiddle), Niall Kenny (flute), and Billi Muir (bodhran, percussion). They played on two tracks of a cassette release featuring singers who performed at the Ensign Ewart: Raise the Standard (Corryvrechan Records COR002C, 1987).
Molendinar
Formed in 1976, this Glasgow-based group consisted of Mick West (vocals, bodhran), Fergus Muirhead (Highland pipes), Stuart Eydmann (fiddle), Alan MacFadyen (guitar, vocals), Chris Miller (fiddle) and Mark Hamilton (whistles, pipes). They recorded one album for the East German Amiga label in 1979. Discography.
Morrison, Freida
Singer songwriter originally from Buckie, Aberdeenshire, where she was a member of a group called Bow Fiddle. freida moved to Dundee to work in journalism in 1970, and started performing in the local clubs. She was helped and encouraged by Barbara Dickson and she played gigs supporting acts such as Fairport Convention, The Humblebums and Matt McGinn. Apart from guitar, Freida also played banjo and piano. In 1971 she briefly changed her stage name to Delane Morrison, and then Keri Morrison. By October of '71 she was appearing as Keri Morrison & Co with Neil Munro (guitar) and Grant McDonald (bass). Mike Mulford (of the Hawthorn Dance Band), replaced Grant, and the group became Catherine's Wheel. Morrison and Munro formed Ragnarok in 1972, again short-lived. Freida went south to join Trevor St John's band Open Country. Freida Morrison later became known for presenting various television and radio programmes, such as The Beechgrove Garden.
Moug, Norma
This Dundee singer made her public debut in October 1971 at the age of 18. In 1973 she married and became Norma Logan, but continued to use her maiden name for stage performances.
Munro, Neil
(guitar, mandolin, fiddle) was involved with the ever-changing Freida Morrison band in the early 1970s, and in 1972 he joined the Edinburgh-based Great Northern Jook Band. He had been considered as a new member of Magna Carta, but that didn't materialise. In 1972/73 he played briefly as a duo with Glasgow fiddler/singer Willie Beaton, and in other combinations with Tom Ward, Bill Fulton and with the Mental Gorgie Ceilidh Band. In August of the same year he announced the formation of a new group.
Murdoch, Ben "Benny"
Benny Murdoch from Alexandria was a classical guitarist, but also an excellent folk singer, songwriter, harmony singer and arranger. Died c2001. Formed a duo with Graeme Gass in the mid-70s for a couple of years (Scottish and original material). In the late 70s he was in a duo with Kenny Slaven. (Kenny used an echoplex effects unit.)
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