Mull Historical Society is a name under which the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colin MacIntyre performs. After a period of recording and performing under his own name for several years, MacIntyre's 2011 album, City Awakenings was a Mull Historical Society release.
Mull is an island off the west coast of Scotland — the name comes from a genealogical society on the island, who have since changed their name to the Mull Historical and Archaeological Society.
Mull Historical Society uses various unusual techniques and instruments in its songs. For example, Colin MacIntyre is credited to have played 'Seagulls' and 'Fire Extinguisher' for the song "Gravity", and played 'Beer Kegs' on the song "Death of a Scientist" (which was written about the late David Kelly). The Society's albums frequently sample the sounds of the world - a public announcement from the Glasgow Subway in "Public Service Announcer", and an extract from the shipping forecast in "Final Arrears".
MacIntyre's album art, which varies from plain landscapes to Microsoft Paint drawings, includes 'The Giant Dog With The Wig', an oversize model of a dog with a large comedy blue wig, which came to be a symbol for