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9-13 November 2011

Tenth Carrying Stream Festival

Celebrating 60 Years of the Scottish Folk Revival


This year’s Carrying Stream Festival, Edinburgh Folk Club’s annual celebration of the life, work and legacy of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002), will feature an anniversary concert commemorating the First People’s Festival Ceilidh (1951) in the original premises of Oddfellows’ Hall (Malone’s) in Forrest Road.




The sixtieth anniversary of the Ceilidh – then masterminded and presented by Hamish Henderson and recorded by Alan Lomax (released as a CD in 2006) – coincides with the sixtieth birthday of the School of Scottish Studies.


Paying homage to the original Ceilidh, the event on 10 November 2011 at Oddfellows Hall is designed to make the link to that pivotal event which was a catalyst for the Scottish Folk Revival. But it will also be a showcase for six decades of the Folk Revival, with a programme including traditional and contemporary songs in Gaelic and Scots, piping and other instrumental music, bringing together generations of Scottish folk artistes, established names and exciting new talents.


The doyen of Scottish traditional music, Phil Cunningham, will headline the concert, and singer, songwriter, storyteller and author Ewan McVicar will compere the event. Sheila Stewart MBE, Margaret Bennett, Jean Redpath, Steve Byrne, Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright are among the featured artists. A photographic exhibition in the gallery of Oddfellows’ Hall is being put together by Talitha McKenzie.


A further highlight of this year’s Carrying Stream will be a Gala Concert of tutors and students of both the School of Scottish Studies and the Royal Scottish Academy (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) on 12 November in the Pleasance Theatre. Presented by the inimitable Adam McNaughtan, among the ‘musicians in residence’ and tutors will be the harpist Patsy Seddon, the piper Gary West, and the singers Gordeanna McCulloch and Rod Paterson.


On 11 November, Will Kaufman will bring his celebrated Woody Guthrie show ‘Hard Times and Hard Travellin’ to the Pleasance Cabaret Bar; and Margaret Bennett will host he Sunday ‘Ceilidh House Night’ at the same venue, with guests Bill Adair, Nancy Nicolson, Carol Anderson and Martin Macdonald.


This year’s Hamish Henderson Lecture (in association with Edinburgh City Council) will be delivered by Owen Dudley Edwards on ‘Sectarian Songs: Hamish Henderson and Ireland’ – on Saturday, 12 November, in the City Chambers.


On Sunday afternoon, there will be a talk on ‘Alan Lomax in Scotland’ with Ewan McVicar and songs from Alasdair Roberts. While, at the Royal Oak, the TMSA Singaround of this year’s Festival is dedicated to the memory of Ray Fisher, themuch-loved folk singer who died at the end of August.


The Carrying Stream Festival is an annual reminder of the impact Hamish Henderson has had on the Scottish Folk Revival, designed to celebrate his legacy and showcase Scottish folk music in an international context. The tenth Carrying Stream will focus on the double anniversary of the People’s Festival Ceilidh and the School of Scottish Studies whose first researcher Hamish Henderson was. He also laid the foundation for the School’s extensive archive of field recordings which has now been digitised and made available online.


The Carrying stream Festival, and in particular the two showcase events on 10 and 12 November, will demonstrate the vibrancy of the folk scene in Scotland, said Edinburgh Folk Club chairman Paddy Bort. He also said that the Club was delighted to receive financial support for the event from

Enterprise Music Scotland.


This year’s Carrying Stream festival is flanked by two of the all-time greats of the British folk scene – Martin Carthy on 9 November, and Martin Simpson on 16 November.


Tickets for all these events from Edinburgh Folk Club and, from 1 October, from Coad Music on the Mound, also directly from Paddy Bort – ebort@ed.ac.uk (ph 0131-650 2458)








8 September  2011

Edinburgh Folk Club

Paddy Bort

0131 – 650 2458