MacGregor's Trap - The Album
In 1991 Brian created a new piece of work called "MacGregor's Trap". It was a musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, a tale of Davie Balfour, a young lad who never knew his father, who grows up very quickly after landing himself into trouble.
It was designed to be a stage musical, however, it was not until August 1995 that the album moved from being a concept to a real stage musical as part of the Edinburgh Festival. However, this page is about the album, not the stage show. If you want more information about that click on the link on the navigation bar to the left of click here. MacGregor's Trap - The Show.
Below is the information from the cassette tape (the album was only released in this format) with some additional information, by me, as to who sung the tracks.
16 July 1761
I want to take you on a trip to Bonnie Scotland . . .
The boat leaves from Edinburgh and we travel up the East Coast past Dundee and Aberdeen and going farther North we will give a wide berth to the treacherous rocks surrounding the Orkneys. Now we go West, then South calling close to Cape Wrath and then sail past the lonely but beautiful Hebrides where few people talk Scots never mind English, and to this day they still cling jealously to their beloved Gaelic.
I really wanted to take you all the way to America, but we will never reach there. By the time we get to the Isle of Mull everyone will have perished, for this is a very dangerous trip full of murder, war and eventually a shipwreck where any who have survived will be forever silenced in that cold bleak Atlantic sea, everyone except our hero David, young and highly principled, and his mothers ex-lover MacGregor.
Pimp, pirate, slave trader, smuggler, kidnapper, killer. I thought MacGregor would be a suitable guide for your journey. He will take you to see Davids mother and later on, his long lost father. He will introduce you to Davids only but ill fated love affair with the beautiful Catriona. He will show you the streets where Mary the once stunning but now ragged and haggard prostitute used to walk. He will try to justify his killing of Davids father and a nine year old cabin boy. All this and other adventures - so put on your life jackets and let MacGregor take you on the trip of a lifetime.
Have a safe journey
The tracks are performed by various performers with MacGregor narrating all the way through the record, explaining what is happening.
For those wanting to read about David Balfour's adventures should read both "Kidnapped" and "Catriona" by Robert Louis Stevenson. Catriona continues straight on from where Kidnapped finishes and, in some ways, should be viewed as Kidnapped part 2. There are two sections to Catriona, "The Lord Advocate" and "Father and Daughter". The first section, "The Lord Advocate", introduces us to Catriona, daughter of MacGregor, whilst the second section, "Father and Daughter" is the tale of MacGregor's treachery against David Balfour and his own daughter.
Page Last Updated: 4th March 2010
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