Willie Kemp and Curly MacKay

A Gie Bicker

Available on CD - Catalogue Number - YCD02 - Ł11.49

Willie Kemp was known throughout the north east as ‘The King o’ the Cornkisters’.  Born in 1889 in Oldmeldum in Aberdeenshire he grew up in the tradition of the bothy ballad and became a popular entertainer in church and village halls. He also found success as a broadcaster when the BBC opened their Aberdeen studio in 1923, and later between 1929 and 1939 Willie made around 100 recordings for the Beltona label. 

Thomas MacKay, better known to all as ‘Curly’, was born into the travelling Stewarts in 1912.  Originally living in the Aberdeenshire village of Fetterangus, Curly took his first grasp of musicianship from the melodeon.  In the late 1920s he broadcast for the BBC from Aberdeen and it is there that he probably met and teamed up with Willie Kemp.  
The recordings in this have been played into computer, digitally improved and remastered to CD.   So now, once again, you can experience these most pleasurable entertainers -  Willie Kemp and Curly MacKay.
16 Tracks - Total Running Time of 52 min 12.

1.

A Gie Bicker - Part 1.

Instrumental

2.

The Ball o’ Kirriemeer

Song

3.

Ythanside Medley

Instrumental

4.

The Weddin’ o’ McGinnis

Song

5.

Ay Kneipin On   

Instrumental

6.

A Shilling or Twa

Song

7.

Bogieside Medley

Instrumental

8.

My Big Kilmarnock Bunnet

Song

9.

Mist in the Glen - Part 1.

Instrumental

10.

McGinty’s Meal and Ale - Parts 1 and 2

Song

11.

Mist in the Glen - Part 2.

Instrumental

12.

The Wee Toon Clerk

Song

13.

A Gie Bicker - Part 2.

Instrumental

14.

The Tinkler’s Waddin’

Song

15.

It Fair Cowes the Cuddy

Instrumental

16.

MacFarlane o’ the Sprotts o’ Burnieboozie 

Song