One of the most curious combinations ever to come out of the Scottish folk scene, but one which worked exceedingly well, if you were ever lucky enough to see them live. Aly teamed up with Mike quite soon after moving to the mainland from Shetland. Aly of course was the Shetland fiddler, steeped in that tradition, but also with a liking for other fiddling styles as well. Mike is one of the most versatile musicians ever from Scotland. His main thing would be called “Americana” these days - he’s one of the best blues-harp players on the planet - and his “one man band” sets, using vocals, blues-harp, guitar and drum, are astonishing.
They teamed up with Robin Morton and Cathal McConnell for a short time as “The Boys Of The Lough”, but Mike moved on, and was replaced by Dick Gaughan.
There’s a real mixture of material on this recording, as you can see from the track list, and I believe it was the first Scottish recording ever of “Cooley’s” reel.
I’ll try to find a clip or 2 of Mike on “Youtube”. I know he did do a very interesting collaboration with “Battlefield Band” piper Mike Katz a few years back.
Mike Whellans and Mike Katz…..
This was never going to fit in with “Boys Of The Lough”……………………………. 🙂