Ian McCalman got behind the project for the ‘No Pasaran’ cd and recorded 6 of the songs. Ian also searched his archive of multi-track tapes of McCalmans’ recordings and unearthed ‘The Peatbog Soldiers’, recorded ‘live’ in 1979 by the original lineup of Ian, Derek Moffat and Hamish Bayne. This is as good as any version of this often recorded marching song, adopted by The International Brigades.
THE McCALMANS released their first Greentrax album (“Peace and Plenty”) in 1986, the year Greentrax Recordings was launched. It was subsequently awarded a Gold Disc by The Scottish Music Industry Association.
In their 45 years ‘The Macs’ have toured far and wide and in many of the trouble spots of the world, from Cyprus to the Falklands and from Belize to the Gulf of Oman. They also have several TV series to their credit. In December, 2004, The McCalmans were presented with “The Hamish Henderson Award For Services To Traditional Music” at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, followed by their entry into The Scots Trad Awards “Hall of Fame”. When accepting their award in the Queen’s Hall, they brought the house down with a rendition of Ian and Nick’s “The Twelve Folk Days of Christmas”, an abbreviated version of this humorous ditty is included in the compilation.
Artist website: http://greentrax.com
Single title: Peatbog Soldiers
Single artist: The McCalmans
Single duration: 2:41
Record Label: Greentrax Recordings Ltd
Catalogue No: CDTRAX3639
Publishers: Gema/Langhoff/Esser/Peters Edition Ltd
Search Terms: Spanish Civil War