Back for the Saturday afternoon Singalong!
Mr Boom’s new CD is special in two ways. First of all, he’s brought it out especially for the Festival, and is indeed calls it ‘Come to the Festival’.
And secondly, he features a particularly close friend – Andy Munro. It is true to say that the two could be termed inseparable. Wherever Mr Boom goes, Andy is there.
We know little about Mr Boom’s origins other than he seems to have emerged one day from a crater on the Moon, but with Andy we know more, in particular that he comes from Wick, and that he is an accomplished musician, playing with various bands over the years.
He is renowned as a session drummer and is proud to have learned the basic drum rudiments with Wick Pipe Band at the age of fourteen and to have played in various Caithness dance bands (including Eileen and the Talismen) during the 1960s.
The new CD includes songs written Andy, and some written by Orkney Science Festival director Howie Firth. Andy’s daughter Flora accompanies him on one of these songs – about one of Scotland’s greatest scientists, James Clerk Maxwell.
When Andy was 16 he won the North of Scotland song writing competition and has continued to write songs and perform as a folk/blues singer guitarist ever since. On ‘The A9 to Wick’ (a parody of Bobby Troup’s ‘Route 66’ written in 1946) he plays blues guitar and harmonica in a foot-stomping tribute to the road that ‘goes from Stirling to Sinclair Bay, More than two hundred miles all the way.’