Vale of Leven History: Archie McFarlane’s Banjo Band

May be an image of 4 people, people standing, people playing musical instruments and indoorArchie McFarlane was the leading figure in Vale musical circles – a music teacher, church organist and choirmaster, song-writer, and band leader, whose best-remembered song is “The Valley Where the Leven Flows.” He was the conductor of the Vale of Leven Minstrels (minstrel shows were very popular in the first 30 years of so of the 20th century) which probably explains this photograph of him surrounded by a banjo band.

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