The Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh was an event that heralded, generated, and vitalized the Scottish Folk Revival of the 1960s. It featured some of the leading lights of the traditional music scene, with the legendary poet, songwriter, and folklorist Hamish Henderson as master of ceremonies. In August 1951, Alan Lomax was luckily on hand to document this lively, rollicking, and moving concert.
Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
The jovial, sensual, wicked, romantic lands of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Fielding, Burns, Keats, and Synge sing to us in these classic field recordings made from 1939 to 1968. Here are ballads, love songs, sea shanties, work songs, dance tunes, children's songs, and airs from the fighting borderlands that sent so many settlers to the backwoods American South. Collected all over the British Isles, this series includes performances by Jumbo Brightwell, Isla Cameron, Bob and Ron Copper, Harry Cox, Elizabeth Cronin, A. L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Thomas Moran, Jeannie Robertson, John Strachan, Phil Tanner, and Belle Stewart, and glimpses of the Symondsbury Mummer's Play and the Padstow May Day.
The Alan Lomax Collection
The Alan Lomax Collection is an assemblage of international field recordings that anthologizes the work of folklorist Alan Lomax.