The Tannahill Weavers

Genres: World
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Formed in Paisley, Scotland in 1968, this folk group took their name from the town’s weaving community and the eighteenth century Scottish poet Robert Tannahill. Over the years, the Tannahill Weavers have undergone numerous personnel changes, with John Cassidy (flute, guitar, whistles, vocals), Davie Shaw (bass, guitar), Stuart McKay (guitar, vocals) and Gordon Duncan (bagpipes) from the early line-ups leaving before the group recorded their first album. In spite of the various changes in the line-up, the strong Celtic flavour in the Tannahill Weaver’s music, which combines bagpipes and electric instrumentation, nevertheless remains consistent. Initially the group played mainly in Scotland, but in 1974 they set out on a short tour of Germany, followed by their first major tour of England. Are Ye Sleeping Maggie, their 1976 debut, was the first to be released on the Plant Life label. The line-up on this recording comprised Roy Gullane (Robert James...

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