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Hebridean Folk Songs: Waulking Songs from Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula

Edited by John Lorne Campbell

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ISBN: 9781910900031
Published: 04 Oct 2018
Format: Paperback
Extent: 400
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
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About the Book

The classic three volumes of Hebridean Folksongs, reissued simultaneously for the first time since their original publication (1969, 1977, 1981), contain 135 songs connected with the waulking of homespun tweed cloth in the Hebridean isles. Volume 1 is based on waulking songs collected by Donald MacCormick in South Uist in 1893. Volumes 2 and 3 are based on John Lorne Campbell's recordings of songs made between 1938 and 1965 in Barra, South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula. The translations for all the songs in Volumes 2 and 3 and many of those in Volume 1 are by John Lorne Campbell, who also wrote detailed notes discussing the songs. Multiple versions of the same song are compared with each other and with versions drawn from unpublished manuscript sources. Francis Collinson's meticulous musical transcriptions of the songs, and musicological analyses, are invaluable. The songs are from the repertoires of some well-known singers of their generation, including Miss Annie Johnson, her brother Calum and Miss Mary Morrison, all of Barra, Mrs Neil Campbell of South Uist, and Miss Nan MacKinnon of Vatersay.

The Author

John Lorne Campbell

John Lorne Campbell (1906 - 1996) was one of the foremost scholars of Scottish Gaelic in the twentieth century. He married the American musician and folklorist, Margaret Fay Shaw, and they settled in Canna in 1938. He gifted the island together with his library, research papers and sound archive to the National Trust for Scotland in 1981.