McCully Workshop at the Canterbury Inn 1976 to 1978

Feeling Alright, a McCully Workshop-inspired mix

A nostalgic mix inspired by one of my all-time favourite South African bands, McCully Workshop.

Most of these songs were included in their set lists when they were the resident band at the Canterbury Inn, at the Fairmead Hotel, in Rondebosch, Cape Town from 1976 to 1978.

Brian Currin, February 2020

Track List

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey – Deodato
2. Space Oddity – David Bowie
3. Starman – David Bowie
4. Feelin’ Alright – Grand Funk Railroad
5. The Ride To Agadir – Mike Batt
6. The Court Of The Crimson King – King Crimson
7. Georgia On My Mind – The Spencer Davis Group
8. Red Eye – Joe Beck
9. Angie – The Rolling Stones
10. Nights In White Satin – The Moody Blues
11. I Am … I Said (live 1972) – Neil Diamond
12. Piano Man – Billy Joel
13. Lady – Supertramp
14. Guinevere – McCully Workshop
15. A Day In The Life – The Beatles
16. Symphony For Eleanor (Rigby) – The Ides Of March
17. Pirates (edit) – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
18. Buccaneer – McCully Workshop
19. Camarillo Brillo – Frank Zappa
20. When The Train Comes – The Sutherland Brothers & Quiver
21. Man From Afghanistan – Curtiss Maldoon
22. Bourée (BBC) – Jethro Tull
23. Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull
24. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
25. Eloise – Barry Ryan
26. Let’s Spend The Night Together – David Bowie
27. I’m A Man (live 1972) – Chicago
28. Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys (live 1973) – Traffic


McCully Workshop used to play in the late ’70’s at the Canterbury Inn at the Fairmead Hotel in Rondebosch, Cape Town. They were famous for their comedy, ripping off many of the politicians and sportsmen of the day. On Saturday nights McCully Workshop were the resident dance band, and on Sunday nights wonderful renditions of classic progressive rock tunes could be heard.

Chicago’s version of The Spencer Davis Group’s ‘I’m A Man’ (with a very long percussion section including all the band members), Barry Ryan’s ‘Eloise’, Traffic’s ‘Feelin’ Alright’ and of course their own songs like ‘Buccaneer’, ‘Fame And Fortune’, ‘Come Let Me Love You’ and ‘Dancin’ Tonite’ were all included in the set list. Of course no dancing was allowed on a Sunday in those dark days, so the audience had to just sit and listen… and listen they did (I know, ‘cos I was there).

Brian Currin

Published by Brian Currin

Playlist Creator & Web Marketer. The son of a church organist father and pianist mother, South African born Brian Currin grew up surrounded by music. In his pre-teen years he realised that he had no real talent for playing music and he couldn't sing, so he immersed himself in the world of music by listening, exploring and researching. Which he still does today. He served in the military for five years, then spent many years in corporate sales and marketing until his involvement in the re-discovery of Rodriguez, opened up a whole new world for him. He was the Content Editor for Rhythm Online, South Africa's first online music store, from 2006 to 2012. He ran Mabu Vinyl, the iconic music store seen in the Oscar-winning "Searching For Sugar Man" film from 2013 to 2019. His voice could be heard on the streaming radio station All Jazz Radio where he hosted the Vagabond Show from 2012 to 2019. He is very involved in promoting South African music, and is the co-owner of a number of music-related websites including which he founded in 1999.

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