16th Dec 2013
A1: Keep On Shining
B1: Ride That Vibration
B2: Love Is Coming
22nd Oct 2013
|The Gary Gordon Quartet|
A1: Islands Of Beauty
B1: The Prince Of Wales
B2: For Friendship Sake
|The stuffed seal was one small part of the mesmerising display of "things" at C John Taylor's large Shop/ Studio/ Altar to Artistic Genius at the end of the road on Seil Island - just where you get the wee ferry from Ellenabeich Village over to Easdale Island.|
On the way to visit friends over on Easdale in the early 1990's, I parked my car next to the harbour and watched as a busload of elderly tourists were diverted away from the wee path down to the tiny foot passenger ferry by the bearded figure of C John Taylor. He escorted them all instead into his huge rambling "Art Exhibition & Highland Arts Studio". The forty or so elderly ladies and a few old gents with sticks followed... thinking it was part of their trip to Easdale Island, not realising they had been abducted by a truly "outsider artist".
Myself and my OH simply had to follow. Once we got inside the "Art Exhibition & Highland Arts Studio" we were greeted by C John Taylor and he tried to sell me a copy of this 7"-er... but I said "No thanks". Then he tried to give me one for half price - I still refused. I cannot describe the mayhem and confusion during the next half hour as the geriatric bus tour was given free wee bits of shortbread and digestive biscuits etc. then charged for cups of tea offered to them a moment later. C John Taylor was reading out his poetry and holding up wee booklets for sale to the old and confused who couldn't understand why they were not on Easdale Island yet.
He then led them into his exhibition of his paintings...
This blogger probably does a better job than anyone in capturing the "spirit" of the place as it is today. Yes that IS a life-size plastic deer in the window.
Please read this bog entry. But don't spill your coffee over the computer!
C John Taylor owned a number of "galleries" - one in Oban (and one in Callander I think). There might have been more. The one in Seil is still there. He sold his poetry, music and art. And everything else you can think of from Tartan Tea Towels to tins of Tartan Spaghetti. C John Taylor is no longer with us, but he left a niche which no-one else has ever recognised as a niche.
Simply tripping over this image of the single and its sleeve and remembering THAT DAY has made me laugh a lot tonight. I wish I'd bought his record now but I don't think I'd ever have plucked up the courage to play it.
I saw Jackie Leven a few days later in Oban. He'd just written the beautiful "Gylen, Gylen" after a visit to the nearby island of Kerrara. That area was hoaching with all sorts back then!
18th Aug 2013
|Victorian Picture Show|
A: Travels Of One
B: Love With No Words
|Jings, crivvens and help ma boab!|
15th Jul 2013
|Technotronic Featuring Felly|
A: Pump Up The Jam
B: Pump Up The Jam (Instrumental)
|My copy of this record came pressed into one side of a Kellogs Frosties box. It was choice between this song or "Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real)" on the rest of the Frosties packets.|
4th Jul 2013
|Anne And Laura Brand|
A1: Bonnie Wells O' Wearie
A2: Herding Song
A3: Dancing In Kyle
A4: Bluebell Polka
B1: Hielan' Laddie
B2: White Cockade
B3: Uist Tramping Song
B4: Barren Rocks Of Aden
B5: A Hundred Pipers
B6: Peat Fire Flame
|Ann and Laura Brand were very well known in Scotland, through their appearances on The White Heather Club etc. They often sang medleys with quite complex arrangements for their tight harmonies. Those records still sound very fresh and lively today. There is a fine example on The White Heather Club Party LP (HMV 1960) where they fly through The Skye Boat Song/ Rothesay Bay and The Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen.|
None of their Beltona or Waverley Albums or EPs have ever been re-issued or made it onto CD. Laura Brand taught my other half at Primary School in Edinburgh. She was a lovely teacher.