Lp on the Golden Guinea label from 1965 found at boot sale. I have fond memories of "Messing About On The River" from the radio in the early 60's. That splish splosh beat was very unusual for the time.
Glasgwegian singer McRae was extremely influential in the early days of the Folk Revival. He was a member of the Reivers group, the foremost singer of the Glasgow Eskimos, and had Top Twenty success with several songs, including ‘Messing About On The River’ and ‘Talking Army Blues’. The latter song was satirically critical of conscription. On the sleeve notes Josh writes - " I was born in Glasgow in 1933 and apart from army service have lived there all my life. After leaving school I went to Glasgow School Of Art. It was at art school I learned to play the guitar and learn about folk songs.." The songs featured are - 1. Messing About On The River 2. I've Got A Love 3. High Class Feelin' 4 Baron James Mc Phait 5. Let Ramensky Go 6. Sky High Joe 7. The Wee Ferry Josh Mcrae - Side One