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The Spinners’ Cliff Hall dies
Cliff Hall, founder member group’s repertoire, and in concert
of Liverpool folk legends the he would play both the guitar
Spinners has died. The Cuban- and harmonica - the latter with
born singer and musician a unique sound like an English
moved to Adelaide several years concertina.
ago from Liverpool and passed
away at the home he shared The group - later joined by bass
with his third wife Dottie, in player John Count McCormick
Australia. He was 82. - produced almost 40 albums
together in a career which
Cliff came to the UK to serve spanned three decades. One of
in the Royal Air Force. He met their best- known numbers was
musician Tony Davis, and in the Peter McGovern’s ‘In My Liverpool
late 1950s the two men joined Home’. The group split up in
forces with Hughie Jones and the late 1980s. Cliff, in common
Mick Groves to form the Spinners. with the other members of the
Cliff’s Jamaican background Spinners, was a Gold Badge
brought Caribbean songs into the holder of the EFDSS.
Western Isles hits the Cèilidh Trail
This summer sees the launch of during April, with Mairi Gilfedder
the first ever Western Isles “Cèilidh from South Uist, North Uist pair
Trail”. Lewis based Fèis Eilean an of Eilidh MacLeod and Anna
Fhraoich are leading the initiative, Black, and Jane Hepburn, Alanna
with support from Fèisean right MacCuaig, John MacLean, Rachel
across the islands. The project Campbell and Catriona Mackay,
will provide eight young musicians all from Lewis being selected to
with an opportunity to train and take part.
develop their skills, followed by a
two week tour of events in August. The performances will take place
from 4th – 16th August starting in
Auditions for the project were held the Southern Isles and heading
in both South Uist and Stornoway north to Lewis and Harris.
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