Allan McFee's Eclectic Circus - Label: Tapestry Records ‎– GD-7379 Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation Country: Canada Released: 1981 Genre: Jazz, Blues, Non-Music, Classical, Folk, World, & Country, Stage & Screen (vinyl)


Style:  ClassicalFolkCool Jazz

Allan McFee (June 4, 1913 – December 12, 2000)[1] was an often irreverent announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's radio and television networks. Born in Belleville, Ontario, he joined the CBC in 1937, and remained with the network until his retirement in 1989. Even after his retirement, he continued to be the announcer for Max Ferguson's Sunday morning CBC radio show up to the beginning of 1998.

McFee was the announcer on such programmes as The Royal Canadian Air FarceSunday Morning and The Max Ferguson Show. He also hosted his own program, Eclectic Circus for almost twenty years running five nights a week until 1985 and then as a weekly program until 1989. In the show, McFee would converse with an imaginary mouse, a "small grey presence" which lived in his pocket, and play an eclectic array of obscure musical selections. Other sounds included imaginary chickens. Referring to himself as "your delightful host" and "the old musicologist," he would address his audience as "all those out there in vacuumland". He would often refer to the CBC as the "Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission", a name that harks back at the Canadian_Radio_Broadcasting_Commission, the precursor to the CBC that only existed for about four years in the 1930s.

Label:Tapestry Records  ‎– GD-7379
Format:Vinyl, LP, Compilation 


A1 Allan McFee Big Al's Introduction
A2 Barbara Cook Sing A Song With Me
A3 Stéphane Grappelli Baubles, Bangles And Beads
A4 Virtuoso Symphony Of London "Un Bal" From: Symphonie Fantastique
A5 Julian BreamEugene OrmandyThe Philadelphia Orchestra Vivaldi: Concerto In D
A6 Eugene OrmandyThe Philadelphia Orchestra Chabrier: Marche Joyeuse
A7 Allan McFee Instructions For Vacuumland
B1 Allan McFee More Big Al
B2 Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Things Ain't What They Used To Be
B3 The Dave Brubeck Quartet Take Five
B4 Nürnberger Symphoniker "Elvira Madigan" Theme (Mozart)
B5 Gordon SlaterThe Canadian Brass Concerto No. 4, Op. 6 (Handel)
B6 The Boston Pops Orchestra "Hoedown" From "Rodeo" (Copland)
B7 Keith Michell There's A Trick In Pickin' A Chicken
B8 Allan McFee McFee's Finale

He was married to Oonah McFee, a writer who won the Books in Canada First Novel Award for her sole published novel, Sandbars.



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