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Celtic & Scottish Studies Blog

Celtic & Scottish Studies Blog

Traditional arts, languages and culture in Scotland

Voice of the People #Hamish100

Join us on Friday 6th December 2019

for a special night of song, music and poetry to celebrate Hamish Henderson, champion of Scotland’s rich oral tradition.

Voice of the People brings together contemporary voices inspired by Henderson’s life and work, featuring prominent tradition bearers and material from the School of Scottish Studies archives.

Poet, song-maker, folklorist and activist, he was also a champion of Scotland’s rich oral tradition, and one of his key contributions to the nation’s culture was his half century of fieldwork collecting for the School of Scottish Studies. Today this archive represents one of the finest audio collections of folk culture in the world, and is a magnet for musicians, singers, storytellers, and creative artists of all kinds.


Doors and bar open at 7pm and a selection of Hamish’s fieldwork recordings from the School of Scottish Studies Archives will be playing.

The concert begins at 8pm featuring:

Hamish Henderson in Sandy Bell's bar, black and white photo by Ian Mackenzie, taken in 1992

Hamish Henderson in Sandy Bell’s bar, 1992, by Ian Mackenzie, School of Scottish Studies Archives

Alison McMorland & Geordie McIntyre

Essie Stewart

Gary West

James Robertson

Scott Gardiner

Steve Byrne

Mischa MacPherson

Fiona Hunter

Findlay Napier

and Lori Watson

with Innes Watson, Alistair Paterson and Heather Downie





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