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'Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival

'Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival

Sixty Years Since: The First People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival edited by Eberhard Bort. This publication commemorates the 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and collects views and perspectives on the way the Folk Revival has evolved over the past sixty years.

'Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival - Kindle Edition

'Tis Sixty Years Since: The 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and the Scottish Folk Revival - Kindle Edition

This book marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and collects views and perspectives on the way the Scottish Folk Revival has evolved over the past sixty years. The Ceilidh at Oddfellows' Hall was a catalyst for the modern Scottish Folk Revival. It was presided over by Hamish Henderson and recorded by Alan Lomax. Also in 1951, the School of Scottish Studies was founded at the University of Edinburgh

Borne On The Carrying Stream - The Legacy of Hamish Henderson

Borne On The Carrying Stream - The Legacy of Hamish Henderson

Hamish Henderson poet, soldier, scholar, folklorist, song-maker and political activist. Eighteen essays engaging with aspects of Hamish Henderson's remarkable contribution to contemporary Scottish culture - from song-writing and song-collecting to poetry and politics

Dileab Ailein: The Legacy of Allan MacArthur - Newfoundland Traditions  Across Four Generations

Dileab Ailein: The Legacy of Allan MacArthur - Newfoundland Traditions Across Four Generations

This collection of from Newfoundland records the last Gaelic speaking family in the Canadian Province that was, till 1949, Britain’s oldest colony.

In Our Day...: Reminiscences and Songs from Rural Perthshire

In Our Day...: Reminiscences and Songs from Rural Perthshire

Life in the glens and villages of Perthshire is viewed through the eyes of shepherds, farmers, crofters, estate workers, housewives, gardeners, professionals, trades-people and children.

Jerome: Just One More Song!

Jerome: Just One More Song!

Jerome Downey was born in Western Newfoundland in 1923 and lived all his life in the Codroy Valley, ‘the Garden of Newfoundland’. “He’s an outstanding singer, a singer’s singer, effortless and melodic. When you listen to this man you get an insight into something that’s older and very valid today.” – Cathal McConnell 

Nell Hannah: Aye Singin an Spinnin Yarns

Nell Hannah: Aye Singin an Spinnin Yarns

Nell Hannah: Aye Singin an Spinnin Yarns. Nell Hannah in conversation with folklorist Margaret Bennett and long-time friend and fellow-singer, Doris Rougvie, Nell shares a life-time of reminiscences and songs. In recalling the hey-day of an industry that shut down in the 1980s, she constructs an oral history of life in war-time Perthshire. Then, following life's paths with its twists.

 

Oatmeal and the Catechism:  Scottish Gaelic Settlers  in Quebec

Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec

Records the oral history, folklore and folklife of a group of emigrants from the Outer Hebrides who settled in Quebec during the 19th century.

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover  & Other West Highland Chronicles (Hardback)

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover & Other West Highland Chronicles (Hardback)

This collection, selected and and edited by Dr Margaret Bennett, will be welcomed by a wide range of readers, especially those who share Cregeen’s enthusiasm for ‘approaching the history of the Highlands with a mind alert to the claims of oral tradition.’

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover  & Other West Highland Chronicles (Paperback)

Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover & Other West Highland Chronicles (Paperback)

This collection, selected and and edited by Dr Margaret Bennett, will be welcomed by a wide range of readers, especially those who share Cregeen’s enthusiasm for ‘approaching the history of the Highlands with a mind alert to the claims of oral tradition.’

Robert MacLeod: Cowdenbeath Miner poet

Robert MacLeod: Cowdenbeath Miner poet


Robert MacLeod (1876–1958), who became an entertainer after a mining accident ended his career. He wrote for music-hall performances at the Cowdenbeath Tivoli and sang round pubs and clubs, selling broadsheets to earn money, to help soup kitchens, disaster funds, war wounded and other needy causes. MacLeod lived through two World Wars, the 1926 Strike, the Great Depression, eight decades of colliery disasters, and he wrote ‘lest we forget’.  

 

Folklorist Margaret Bennett interviewed Arthur for an oral history project, ‘The End of the Shift’, which inspired her to write the introduction, edit and annotate the collection.  anks to Arthur Nevay, we can now enjoy MacLeod’s legacy.

 
Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave

Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave

Anthology of traditional Scottish customs and rites of passage, drawn from a broad range of literary sources dating back to the sixteenth century

See When You Look back...: Clydeside Reminiscences of the Home Front, 1939-45

See When You Look back...: Clydeside Reminiscences of the Home Front, 1939-45

Folklorist Dr Margaret Bennett collected these reminiscences of life in Clydeside at the time of the second World War. Those sharing their memories and (songs) are the good ladies of the Kinning Park Over Sixties Club

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

The traditions that have come down to us of the Gaelic diaspora of the 18th and 19th century rarely mention Newfoundland. Only in a few anecdotes, attributable to sailors and other travellers, are there hints that a Gaelic community once flourished in that remote land. And since our information was confined to these tantalisingly vague and brief reports, it simply never occurred to us that Gaelic in Newfoundland might actually have survived into our own times. Margaret Bennett’s book has changed.

We are the Engineers!: The Taught Us Skill for Life

We are the Engineers!: The Taught Us Skill for Life

 

 We are the Engineers!:  They Taught Us Skills for Life. Scotland’s labour history has been the subject of many important studies, surveys, articles and books. Some of those published represent the invaluable collection of local groups and amateur historians, while others have been, and are, produced by academics and labour officials. The general expectation, even in Scotland, is that these works should be written in Standard English, regardless of the everyday speech of the workforce. For this publication, however, it seemed more important to transcribe, as recorded, the voices of folk whose vitality of language and expression gives a brighter reflection of their experiences during work and leisure.

 

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