Mike McClellan is a folk singer songwriter from Australia basing his performance on an acoustic music set worldwide. He was already an established performer on the acoustic music scene when ‘Song And Danceman‘ was released in 1974. That song topped the charts, bringing him national recognition and a following that has remained loyal to his highly personal brand of music for over 40 years.
Then in July 2017 came No Intermission, his third new album since returning full time to recording and performing a few years ago. For those who had already experienced his talent his first hit single did no more than reinforce what they already knew: that he was one of the best songwriters to emerge from this country (Australia) in many years and among it’s most talented singer / guitarists.
Event and festival organisers are now being actively encouraged to discuss the possibility of adding Mike McClellan to a UK folk music singer tour schedule sometime soon.
Mike McClellan Brand New Songs
Mike McClellan’s early career spanned the 70’s and into the 80’s and brought chart-topping songs and gold albums. Plus his own national ABC TV series which he hosted for four years. He tired of the road in the mid 80s and poured his creative energies into the marketing and advertising industries.
But the yearning to return to his first love couldn’t be ignored. In 2011 he came back with an album of brand new songs, if only for a moment and again began to play concerts and folk festivals across the country.
That all three new albums sustain the exceptional quality of his much-loved early work, while richly reflecting his growth as a writer, is ample testimony to Mike’s enduring talent. Carmel Glover, writing after one of Mike’s Brisbane concerts said, “I was amazed and delighted to find you were better than ever. You should be declared a national treasure.”
Reviewing the album Steve Britt in Rhythms magazine writes: “I regard this album as the strongest of his latter-day albums and easily the equal of his 70’s work.” This album will no doubt bring forth more Mike McClellan gems to add to his list of classics. ‘Song and Danceman‘, ‘The One I Love‘, ‘Saturday Dance‘ and ‘Rock n Roll Lady‘. Not to mention ‘I Wonder Who You’re Waiting For‘ – all of which have earned him an honoured place in the history of Australian music.
McClellan began performing in the late 1960s and in 1972, released his debut album, titled simply Mike McClellan in 1972. McClellan toured extensively for the next 2 years playing the songs and previewing the material that would make up his next album. In September 1974, McClellan’s second album, ‘Ask Any Dancer‘ was released.
The album peaked at number 22 on the Australian charts and the album’s lead single ‘Song and Danceman’ was voted Song of the Year at the Annual Music Industry Awards in February 1975.
In March 1976 McClellan released his third studio album, ‘Until the Song is Done‘. The album peaked at number 61 on the Australian charts. McClellan recorded a live album, which was released in October 1977. Wikipedia
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