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The Laggan

The stalwart of The Laggan, singer Arthur Johnstone, formed the first incarnation of The Laggan as a trio in the mid-1960s. Another of the members was Les "Spike" Milligan and they recorded an album in about 1967.

The second and longer lasting group was formed in 1971 and featured Arthur on vocals, Billy Patton (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo), Tony Patton (guitar, mandolin) and John McDermott (banjo, harmonica). I have been told that another early member was Les "Spike" Milligan I think The Laggan were formed in the early 1970s in Glasgow. An early member was guitarist Brian Miller who later became involved with The Occasionals. One of the stalwarts of The Laggan was Arthur Johnstone who also started the Star folk glub. Any more information about the group would be gratefully received: email me. Some of the The Laggan's recorded output is detailed below.


ucs.gif Various Artists: Unity Creates Strength (Nevis, NEV R007, 1972)
(with Dominic Behan, Alex Campbell, Danny Kyle, Ian Campbell, Robin Hall & Jimmie MacGregor, Alistair MacDonald)

Side 1: John MacLean March
Side 2: SS Shieldhall


The Laggan Scottish Folk Songs The Laggan: Scottish Folk Songs (Arfolk SB346, c1973)

Side One: John MacLean (Hamish Henderson); Mickey's Warning; Bay of Biscay O; Nancy; Lovin' Hannah; Banks o' Ayr
Side Two: Band o' Shearers; Dark Island/Chief O'Neill's Favourite; The Lark In the Morning; Twa recruitin Sairgeants; Rosie Anderson; The Wee Room

All songs traditional unless otherwise indicated

Arthur Johnstone (vocals), Billy Patton (violin, guitar, mandolin, banjos), Tony Patton (guitar, mandolin), John McDermott (banjo, harmonica)


Music of Scotland Various Artists: The Music of Scotland (National Geographic Society 707, 1974)

Side One: Leezie Lindsay
Side Two: Gallowa' Hills

All songs traditional unless otherwise indicated


finni2.jpg - 6Kb The Laggan: I Am the Common Man (Klub Records KLUB 03LP, 1978)

Side One: The Work o' the Weavers; The Railwayman (Bogle); The Old Man's Song; The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (Bogle); I Am the Common Man; A Man's a Man
Side Two: Men o' the North; Workers Song; Rosa Luxembourgh; Joe Hill; Jarama and Bandiera Rosa

all songs traditional unless otherwise indicated

John McDermott (banjo, harmonica) Tony Patton (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals), Billy Patton (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bazooki, vocals), Arthur Johnstone (lead vocals)


 Various: A' the Bairns o' Adam (Greentrax CDTRAX244, 2003)
(with Rod Paterson; Fred Freeman; Alison McMorland; Adam McNaughtan; The Corrie Folk Trio; Jim Reid; Margaret Bennett; Geordie McIntyre; Gordeanna McCulloch; Dick Gaughan; Hamish Henderson; Allan MacDonald; Jeannie Robertson)

The John MacLean March (H Henderson)

Arthur Johnstone (vocals), Billy Patton (violin, guitar, mandolin, banjos), Tony Patton (guitar, mandolin), John McDermott (banjo, harmonica)


 Vintage Laggan (n.d.)

Doon In The Wee Room; Spancil Hill; Tecumseh Valley; King Of The Fairies/Cooley's; The Band Played Waltzing Matilda; Rosa Luxembourg; Loving Hannah; Mush Mush; A Man's A Man; Take The Star Out Of The Window/Ragtime Annie; The Workers' Song; Love Is Teasing; Chief O'Neill's Favourite; The Men O' The North; The Ould Leather Breeches; Banks Of Ayr

Arthur Johnstone (vocals), Billy Patton (violin, guitar, mandolin, banjos), Tony Patton (guitar, mandolin), John McDermott (banjo, harmonica)



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