at C.ex Woolgoolga
When Song and Danceman was released in 1974 Mike McClellan was already an established performer on the acoustic music scene. 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. 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 in many years and among its most talented singer/guitarists.
He had began performing in the late 60’s and released his first album, titled simply Mike McClellan in 1972. It was regarded as one of the most auspicious debut albums from any writer/singer of his era. He toured extensively for the next 2 years playing the songs and previewing the material that would make up his breakthrough record.
His second album, Ask Any Dancer went Gold and Song and Danceman was voted Song of the Year at the Annual Music Industry Awards in February 1975. He hit the cover of every magazine in the country and played concerts from Darwin to Tasmania. It hardly needs repeating that Song and Danceman has become an Australian classic having been recorded many times, both here and overseas.
2022 saw the release of Behind Every Mask and a return to the stage. The first series of concerts were with his old friend Keith Potger of The Seekers and the response was, for Mike, exhilarating. His joy at being back on stage after two long years was very evident – his singing and playing still remarkable, his audience still enthralled.