The History of CMD
When Danny and I got together more than 12 years ago, we both were already heavily into Country Music. We both had already started our own clubs (Danny started the White Horse CWC in Saltcoats and I had started the Stagecoach CWC in Irvine!), so it made sense to combine our efforts. We started our Western Wear Business, travelling round the Clubs and Festivals. Danny was hand-painting everything in sight i.e. the backs of shirts, jackets, T-shirts, backdrops etc. etc. Remember that was in the days when computers were unheard of and the things Danny turned out were quite a novelty. (Believe it or not, some are still around today!!)
We did this for 4 years, before giving it up because by then there were a lot of people selling the same kind of stuff and it was a big struggle. During our time of travelling round the clubs up and down Scotland we found out which Band was playing were and people got themselves into a habit of phoning us if they wanted to know which Band was playing where.
It was our good friend John Selvey (who now is the president of the White Horse CWC in Saltcoats) who suggested to us to type these things onto a sheet and try and sell it! This we did and hey presto - that was the start of the little book. In those days it was in the A5 size, much handier to keep in ones bag etc.
As time went on we got more and more information which people wanted to broadcast, Bands wanted to advertise and before we knew it the book had between 80 and 90 pages in it. It was nicknamed the 'Bible' because it kept everyone moving around Scotland and people studied it intensely to find the best event for their taste. Little has changed about that since then!
In the early days everything was done in the house: I typed everything, things were cut out and glued into the relevant places, photographs were glued into place, then we photocopied everything on our own second-hand photocopier: 99 pages one side and 99 pages the other side! Then these pages were folded into half and then stapled together! Anybody who came visiting was roped into helping, I am sure people were avoiding us at times!!
The next step was going to the local printer to get a colour front added, the rest was still done in the same way, eventually the printer did the lot, we just got everything ready. Unfortunately the price for the printing went up and up, in due course we discovered that the A5 size was a specialised size and therefore more expensive. We were advised to change size to the present A4 size, because it would work out a lot cheaper! We have now been with the 'Largs Printing Company' for a number of years and they have done us very well. (They are very patient waiting for their money - thank goodness!)
In the beginning we published every 3 months, but by popular request we changed to bimonthly a couple of years ago. Thankfully this was very well received. I am now getting a lot of requests to change to monthly. Unfortunately at the moment I would not have the resources to do so, but you never know what the future brings!
Well, here we are, now the Magazine is being sold through most clubs in Scotland and Ireland, we have an extensive Mailing List, which also includes Canada, the USA, Germany and even Australia. Over the years a lot of our customers have become friends, a fact we are very proud of. We are always pleased when people phone just for a chat.
As we get used to working this website we will try and keep you informed about what is going on, try and tell you the latest 'gozz', so please keep coming back and check it out. But please, give me a bit of time to learn how to work this, unfortunately I am not all that technically minded and I probably take a bit longer than others to grasp all this 'new-funckled' stuff!!
Come back and visit soon, kind regards, Brigitte.