Scotland 1951-1958

1951 to 1958
Scotland, United Kingdom
With guidance from Hamish Henderson, the MacLeans of Raasay, and William Montgomerie, Alan Lomax recorded dozens of hours of ancient ballads, Gaelic work songs, children's songs, and contemporary folk songs from all over Scotland. The performers include Jeannie Robertson, John Burgess, John Strachan, Jimmy MacBeath, Flora MacNeil, Isla Cameron, the poet Norman Maclaren, and Henderson himself, recorded in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and the Hebrides, as well as in London. This collection also includes the complete People's Festival Ceilidh held in 1951 during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, an event that heralded, generated, and vitalized the Scottish folk revival of the '50s and '60s. The field recordings were made with the cooperation of the BBC.