OFF TO SWEDEN
With the Winter winds of 1965 sweeping up the streets of St Albans, Mac was offered an opportunity to travel to Sweden, where a friend, Harry Brook, had set up some gigs for him. Despite the fact that Mac & Maddy were about to break through and some decent gigs were promised, MacLeod left these shores, taking his guitar to Sweden, where he was greeted as someone on the very crest of the English ‘Folk-Rock’ wave. Settling in Stockholm, Mac gigged continually, with three gigs on New Years Eve, but a car crash which resulted in pneumonia and a spell in hospital, slowed his progress.

By the early Spring he was more or less established and decided that Stella should join him there. They set up home in Stockholm and Mac’s perseverance was rewarded with a recording contract by Sonet. The first single was a local hit, getting him onto Swedish TV, and an appearance on their equivalent of Top Of The Pops. The resultant film clip was directed by Peter Goldmann (responsible for the surreal Strawberry Fields Forever promo) and had Mac jumping onto the back of a train, doing his thing. A third track found its way onto an EP issued just after, with other artists featured, including Bo Diddley and The Dixie Cups.

Left: Mac takes a refreshing break while playing a residency at the Grand Hotel, Stockholm.