'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


  • Author(s): Edited by Eberhard Bort
  • Genre(s): Scottish Culture; Custom & Folklore
  • Publisher: Grace Note Publications
  • ISBN: 978-1-907676-10-9


 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. in 1951, the first Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh at Oddfellows' Hall kick-started the modern Scottish Folk Revival, it was presided over by Hamish Henderson and recorded by Alan Lomax. Sixty years ago, the School of Scottish Studies was founded at the University of Edinburgh. The 10th Carrying Stream Festival in November 2011, organised by Edinburgh Folk Club in cooperation with the School of Scottish Studies and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, celebrated these anniversaries.

REVIEWS: Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman;



I - 1951 and all that… by Eberhard Bort

The People’s Festival Ceilidh

II - The Edinburgh People’s Festival, 1951-1954 by Hamish Henderson
III -"‘Dunking their Heels in the Corn and Custard’ : About Alan Lomax in Scotland” by Ewan McVicar
IV - The Singer behind the Song and the Man behind the Microphone” by Margaret Bennett
V - Orain Floraidh The Songs of Flora MacNeil by Peter Urpeth

The Scottish Folk Revival: Reflections and Perspectives

VI - The Poets and the Folk Revival: A Reflection” by Adam McNaughtan
VII - The Survival of Folk Music in Scotland: A Personal Comment by Jean Bechhofer
VIII - Corner House Café by Alastair McDonald
IX - Landscape with Fiddles by Jim Gilchrist
X - Landscape with Fiddles by Gary West
XI - ‘The Past is a Foreign Country…’ by Nick Keir
XII - Hold The Arts Page: Personal Reflections on Twenty-odd
Years (some of them very odd) Covering Folk Music for the Press by Rob Adams
XIII -Quick Jump To Now by Norman Chalmers
XIV - Legacies of the Highland Traditional Music Festival 1981 to 2002 by Rita Hunter and Rob Gibson
XV - The Folk Revival – So Far So Good? by John Barrow

Hamish Henderson and The Scottish Folk Revival

XVI - Hamish Henderson: The Grand Old Man of Scottish Folk Culture by Christopher Harvie
XVII - Hamish of the Songs by Maurice Fleming
XVIII - Scotland’s Internationale by David Stenhouse
XIX - At the Vigil Hamish Henderson and the Campaign for a Scottish Parliament by Ivor Birnie
XX - ‘Literature must desire to be life, not an idea of life’ Hamish Henderson’s Vision ‘Poetry Becomes People’” by Tessa Ransford
XXI - ‘All Art is a Collaboration’ by Tom Hubbard
XXII - Working on the Hamish Henderson Papers by Steve Byrne


XXIII - The 1951 Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh by Ewan McVicar



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