Look what came in the mail today! It’s Canadian Folk and Country songs with Mac Beattie and his Ottawa Valley Melodiers! How awesome is that? Very awesome, trust me. Tunes include Take me back to the Madawaska Valley, The Washboard Polka, Ross Township’s my Home and more.
From the liner notes:
Making Arnprior, Ontario their home base, Mac and His Melodiers work out of CHOV-TV and Radio in Pembroke, Ont. and CJOH-TV and local radio stations in Ottaw, Ont. They are well known across Canada haveing represented Ottawa on the CTV Cross Canada Barndance Show and from their personal appearances on Don Messer’s Jubilee They have also made several shows with CBC radio. Mac writes all his songs and more will follow on another LP in the near future. Members of the group are Reg Hill on Fiddle – Gaetan Fairfield on rythmn guitar – Bob Whitney alta sax, Bob Price on piano – Tony Miseferi on bass – Gordie Summers on electric guitar and Mac Beattie with his educated washboard, drums and vocals.
I’m pretty excited about this little foray back in time, friends. Mac Beattie and Reg Hill are mighty in my books. I checked out YouTube to see if there was one of the tunes from this recording waiting there for sharing – I couldn’t find one, so instead, let’s listen to Mr. Beattie’s most famous tune, the Log Driver’s Song.