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Duncan McCrone

Duncan McCrone

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Duncan McCrone

Born in Glasgow, Duncan knew from a very early age that music would dominate his life. It started with the 'official' Tommy Steele guitar (in reality an untuneable plastic ukelele!), moving on to a proper Spanish guitar four years later and all the hours listening to 45s and watching bands on black and white TV.

A milestone was his first song writing credit, in 1982, when the big-selling Scottish singer Valerie Dunbar released a single of 'Always Argyll', written by Duncan and a friend, Jimmy Jamieson from Tighnabruaich, Argyll. He remembers getting a royalty cheque for over £500 from his publisher a year later - equivalent to three months' wages! The song went on to be covered by over thirty artists in Scotland, Ireland and Australia, and Duncan has recorded it himself for the first time on this new album, a labour of love, he freely admits.

The Clydesiders guitarist decided to call it a day in 1982 and Duncan stepped in, beginning an eighteen-year career with the band, during which he recorded seven albums and several singles with them, and appeared in countless concerts and TV programmes around the UK and Europe until they split in 2000. The need to play and sing burned just as fiercely within him, though, and in 2001 he accepted an offer from a small Glasgow independent label to record his first solo album 'Just a Glasgow Boy'. This was a mix of studio tracks and songs from his live show, and attracted a great deal of radio play and press coverage.

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