Ms Mac is Back | The Works | BASCA, June 2014

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Article and Images: Darren Haynes
Transcription: Nicole at The Ledge
The Works
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors Magazine
June 2014

 

It’s 5pm on the eve of the Ivor Novello Awards and Christine McVie is sat in her London home, excited and contemplating the forthcoming ceremony and the prospect of accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’m thrilled to bits. It’s a huge honour and I’m overwhelmed, really.”

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No stranger to awards, Christine can count Grammy Awards, a BRIT Award, an honorary doctorate degree in music from the University of Greenwich and even one of BASCA’s Gold Badge Awards among her many trophies. But, this Ivor Novello Award is different.

“For me, this is really special because it’s for me as an individual writer. The others have always been connected with Fleetwood Mac.”

There’s much more excitement on the horizon for Christine too, following her announcement that she is the rejoin the band.

It’s been 15 years since she retired from Fleetwood Mac following the Dance Tour in 1998. She cited a fear of flying and wanting to move back to England where she’d bought a new property in Wickhamreaux, Kent as the public reasons for her departure.

“…and I wanted to just kind of get out of Los Angeles really. Although why I say that now after having just come back, I don’t know, because I really enjoyed it out there.”

She enjoyed her early retirement, for a while too… Continue reading