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Meet Jerry

Jerry was an early exponent of the ‘learn three chords, now form a band’ approach to music-making. Progressing through skiffle, folk and ’60s pop, in the 1970s he hooked up with Eric Wales and set off for the French Riviera where the duo played in beach-side cafés and clubs before returning to the UK for a brief but exciting career as recording and TV performers Wales O’Regan. In the 1980s, Jerry impressed BBC children’s producer Pam Wardell with some songs he’d written for his own children, and over the next few years was commissioned by Pam to write both songs and stories for several BBC children’s programmes. Some of these songs have been recreated for Little Big Songs. In other corners of his life, Jerry has worked as a lecturer in educational psychology and as founder / director of Word of Mouth Communication, the Edinburgh-based contract publishing and marketing communications business.

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Meet the band

Eric Wales
Eric Wales(bass, acoustic and electric guitars)
Playing in dance and club bands in his native Edinburgh from the age of 15 led Eric to a lifelong love of the guitar and mastery of all things fretted. As one half of acoustic-rock duo Wales O’Regan, then as composer of advertising jingles and film music, and latterly as founder-member of the Seaside Skiffle Group, Eric is equally at home playing pop, rock, folk, Americana and jazz, and performs with a number of Scottish-based groups including Fat Sam’s Band www.fatsamsband.com and Fane and the Cruisers. He is also the creative mastermind behind Fringe by the Sea, www.fringebythesea.co.uk which brings the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to sunny North Berwick for five days each August.
Anne O’Regan
Anne O’Regan (vocals)

Having charmed folk club audiences in the 1960s with her haunting renditions of Joan Baez songs, and sung backing and lead vocals for some of Eric and Jerry’s performances in the 1970s, Anne found her true voice in the 1980s when she joined the internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Over the next 25 years Anne performed in Edinburgh and on tour with many of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, the Vienna Philharmonic and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Anne currently sings with Portmanteau, an eight-voice mixed choir singing everything from Bach to the Beatles.

Florence and Rebecca
Florence and Rebecca (vocals)
Florence and Rebecca attend George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh where they sing in a number of choirs. Little Big Songs is their first recording gig. On this CD, Flo and Rebecca handle the lead vocals on two numbers: They’re Digging Up the Road Again (a song inspired by the Edinburgh trams project) and The Smallest Christmas Tree. They also sing backing vocals on several other numbers, sometimes joined by their friends Anna and Katia.
Mary Macmaster
Mary Macmaster(harp)
An acknowledged virtuoso of the Scottish harp who has taken that instrument to musical places hitherto unexplored, Mary has played and taught the harp throughout the UK and internationally. She is a founder member of all-female groups Sileas and The Poozies, www.poozies.co.uk, a veteran of folk festivals worldwide including Celtic Connections and the Edinburgh Fringe, and has toured in Europe, the US and Australia, including with Sting on his ‘If on a Winter’s Night’ album and world tour. Mary sings in both Gaelic and English and, with Donald Hay, is also one half of contemporary harp-percussion duo Macmaster Hay.
Donald Hay
Donald Hay (drums, percussion)
Donald is a weel-kent face on the Scottish folk scene, having toured and recorded with folk, jazz and rock bands across the country for a number of years. Since 2007 Donald has been a member of the BBC / RTE Transatlantic Sessions house band, joining Jerry Douglas and Ali Bain in folk-fusion TV concerts which have been described as ‘the best back-porch music shows ever’. And let’s not forget Mystery Juice, mysteryjuice.bandcamp.com, a hard-rockin’ four-piece who move effortlessly between cellar bar gigs in their native Edinburgh and stadium tours in the Russian Federation. That’ll be Donald on the kit, laying down the beats.
Brian McAlpine
Brian McAlpine (piano, accordion)
Brian is a composer, producer and all-round keyboards wiz who has performed and recorded with a vast number of artists including The Chieftains, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Ross and Ry Cooder. He has created numerous film, theatre and TV soundtracks, appears regularly at festivals including Celtic Connections, and is a founding member of Sessions A9, voted best live act at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2012. Brian’s compositions were also featured in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s concert for the 2014 Celtic Connections festival. Find out more at www.brianmcalpine.com

Hamish McGregor
Hamish McGregor (clarinet)

Hamish is Scotland’s leading jazz clarinettist and the creative genius behind Fat Sam’s Swing Band. Led by Hamish wielding his signature white clarinet (sadly not available for our photograph), Fat Sam’s has brought its unique blend of commercial jump-jive, swing and big-band jazz to festival and concert audiences across the world. Hamish also appears regularly alongside Eric and Jerry with the Seaside Skiffle Group. Lots more about Hamish and Fat Sam’s at www.fatsamsband.com

Peter Seal
Peter Seal (illustrator)
Trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and the University of Manchester, Peter is a fine artist and illustrator who has exhibited in Manchester, Cardiff, London and Quebec and whose highly colourful abstract works can be seen in number of prestigious office and hotel developments in Manchester, Sheffield and the City of London. Peter has produced illustrations for children’s books, corporate logos, trademarks and marketing publications in addition to his unique creations for Little Big Songs. You can view some of his work at www.peterseal.net
Nicky O’Regan
Nicky O’Regan (Mr Wolf)
Nicky took up the guitar in his twenties, and with several friends playing in bands it wasn’t long before he was singing and playing solo interval spots at their pub and club gigs in Edinburgh. During the day Nicky runs his own cleaning business, Labour & Love, working with leading residential property letting agencies in the city. Find out more at www.labourandlove.net
Little Big Songs: recorded at REL and Red October studios Edinburgh timdax.webs.com (thanks to Tim Matthew), and Castlesound, Pencaitland. Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound www.castlesound.co.uk Cover and booklet artwork by Vicki Allen at Word of Mouth Communication www.wordofmouth.co.uk Illustrations by Peter Seal. Videos assembled by Paul O’Regan at Word of Mouth Communication. The singers: Jerry O’Regan, Anne O’Regan, Florence, Rebecca. Backing vocals: Anna, Katia, Sam O’Regan, Nicky O’Regan, Ruth Paterson, Hannah Paterson. The band: special thanks to Eric Wales (guitars, bass); Donald Hay (drums, percussion, tracks 3, 4, 6-11); Brian McAlpine (keyboards, accordion, tracks 3, 4, 6-11); Mary MacMaster (harp, tracks 4, 8); Hamish McGregor (clarinet, track 10); Cameron Day (trumpet, track 9); Chris Grieve (trombone, track 3); Rab Handleigh (keyboards, tracks 1, 2, 5); Mike Travis (drums, tracks 1, 2, 5); Nicky O’Regan as Mr. Wolf, track 6. Thanks to: Alison Smith at Maxwell Music for music admin support, and a special acknowledgement to Pam Wardell, formerly of BBC Scotland, who commissioned some of these songs for BBC schools radio programmes.