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Matt McGinn

Born in the Calton district in Glasgow, Matt McGinn lived with his parents and eight siblings in cramped quarters. Although yearning to go to Protestant school with his friends in his formative years, his parents raised McGinn Catholic. At the age of 12, after being caught breaking into a store, McGinn was sent to St. Mary's Approved School for 18 months. The time away changed McGinn's life around. After leaving St. Mary's, he did a series of odd jobs, from running errands for a florist shop to becoming an assistant for a blacksmith. He was also influenced during this period by local citizens orating about the values of socialism and anarchy. In 1949, he joined the Communist Party and during a Party meeting, he met his future wife, Janette Gallacher. In 1956, McGinn left the Communist Party, but his ideology never left. While working at a screw factory, he organized the workers to unionize and a strike was called. His work at the factory earned him a scholarship to Ruskin College. It was also at this time when McGinn's first album, The Iron Muse, was released. From there, he enrolled in Oxford University's economics and political science programs. In 1964, McGinn was part of another album highlighting the Edinburgh Folk Festival. Known to write sometimes six songs in a day, McGinn released his self-titled album on Transatlantic Records in 1966. The same year, he also released Matt McGinn Again and To-Night at the Attic. His popularity grew as his songs mixed poignant history with a touch of humor. Two more albums were released in 1968, as well as two more in 1971, including a reference to an Elvis Presley album entitled 5,227,706 Scotsmen Can't Be Wrong! on Transatlantic Records. His biggest album was 1972's The Two Heided Man on Emerald Gem Records. This was followed up by The Two Heided Man Strikes Again in 1974. A poet and novelist as well, McGinn met an untimely fate at the height of his popularity. On January 5, 1977, a fire destroyed McGinn's home in Kelvingrove, a district of Glasgow, and he was killed in the fire. Credited in part with shaping the British and Celtic folk revival of the '60s, McGinn's work has been a source of influence for many Scottish and folk musicians. In 2001, The Return of the Two Heided Man was re-released. ~ Jason MacNeil
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Anthems In Eden A Midsummer Night's Happenning

Disc 1

1. Hard Times Of Old England

2. Jack O' Diamonds

3. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

5. Sally Free And Easy

6. Anji

7. The Recruited Collier

8. Dirty Old Town

9. Three Ravens

10. Lyke Wake Dirge

11. Down On The Barge

12. Lord Randall

13. Who's The Fool Now

16. Coorie Doon

17. Socialism In Our Time

18. Girl From The North Country

19. Been On The Road So Long

20. The Wild Rover

22. Clive's Song

23. Reynardine

24. Bluesleeves

25. A Man's Man

Disc 2

2. Needle Of Death

3. The Summer Day Reflection Song

4. Think She Knows Me Now

5. Michael In The Garden

7. Children Of Hiroshima

8. I'm So Confused

9. My Name Is Carnival

10. Arctic City

11. Milk And Honey

12. Come Join My Orchestra

13. We Can Swing Together

14. One Man Band

15. Country Joe

16. Life And Life Only

18. The Fawn

19. Ophelia's Song

20. I've Seen The Movie

21. Northern Sky

Disc 3

1. Here We Come A-Wassailing

2. Cruel Sister

3. Dreams For Me

4. After The Goldrush

5. Fotheringay

7. It's Dark In Here

8. Marcie

10. January Snows

11. Rattlin' Roarin' Willie

12. The Astrologer

13. Meet Me On The Corner (Live)

14. Never Going Back

15. Knowing The Game

17. Late On Lady Day

18. Rain

20. Wanderer

22. When I Was On Horseback

Disc 4

2. God Dog

4. Winter Is Blue

5. Chloe In The Garden

6. The Tale Of The Spider And The Fly

7. Just Anyone

8. Luke That Never Was

9. Mr. Fox

11. Song To Comus

12. Captain's Log

14. A Witch's Guide To The Underground

15. Sun Symphonica

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Track List: Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1

2. The Ballad Of Old Monroe

4. As Long As The Grass Shall Grow

5. The Ballad Of William Worthy

6. Benny Kid Paret

7. Faubus Foibles

11. Ain't Gonna Let Segregation Turn Us Around

12. Go Limp

13. Bizzness Ain't Dead

14. The Civil Defense Sign

15. I Can See A New Day

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Track List: Troubadours Of Folk: The 60's Acoustic Explosion

Disc 1

1. 500 Miles Away From Home

2. The Wild Rover

4. Universal Soldier

5. Blues Run The Game

6. Farewell (Fare Thee Well)

7. Car Car (Riding In My Car)

8. I'm So Confused

9. Needle Of Death

10. Kimbie

11. Catch The Wind

12. I'm Not Sayin'

13. Cod Liver Oil And Orange Juice

14. Blowin' In The Wind

15. Goldfish Bowl

16. Long Ago Far Away

17. John Henry

18. Dirty Old Town

19. Blackwaterside

20. Girl From The North Country

21. Ev'ry Time (When We Are Gone)

Disc 2

1. Big Fat Silver Aeroplane

2. Frutch

3. The Gallowgate Calypso

4. This Train

5. Yesterday's Dream

7. In The Shade

8. Don't You Feel Good

9. Dwarf In A Tree ( A Cautionary Tale)

10. Blind Blake's Rag

12. Reynardine

13. Why Don't They Come Back To Dunoon?

14. Goodbye Booze

15. Eternity Will Soon Be Over

18. When You Don't Care For Me

19. William Taplin

20. Streets Of London

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