New life for forgotten folk music

_79507254_macmathprojectWilliam Macmath, 1848 – 1922, grew up in Galloway before moving to Edinburgh as a young man and his huge and largely unacknowledged legacy was in helping the great American ballad collector and academic Francis Child with his definitive publication: English and Scottish Popular Ballads 1882 – 1898. Although working entirely in his spare time, Macmath worked tirelessly and meticulously over a period of almost thirty years, to track down and verify details relating to the Scottish ballads included in Child’s collection. He continued the work after Child’s death, and two books of songs have been re-discovered.

Songwriter and community choir director Alison Burns found Macmath’s handwritten notes and letters in Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, 10 years ago. Now she is working with folk music historians Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, and musicians including Emily Smith, Robyn Stapleton and Clare Mann to bring this collection to life. Ms Burns said. “We are singing them back to life.”

For more information check out this BBC report and The Silent Page

Crook Morris Christmas Ceilidh

C R O O K  M O R R I S

C U M B R I A N  C H R I S T M A S  C E I L I D H

S A T U R D A Y  6TH  D E C E M B E R,  2 0 1 4

VENUE Kendal Parish Hall

DOORS OPEN 7:30pm

CEILIDH 7:45pm ­ 11:30pm ish !

BAND: TUMBLING TOM

CALLERS: FIONA RIGG & LES ORD

ENTERTAINMENT: THE KENDAL REVELLERS & CROOK MORRIS

TICKETS: Adults £9 Under 18s £7

Includes mince pie, mulled wine & non alcoholic punch

To reserve tickets e­mail blackhat.martyn@googlemail.com or phone 01539 720551.

If no one is in leave your name, e­mail (preferably) or phone number with the number and type of tickets you would like.

If you prefer you can send a cheque. It should be payable to CROOK MORRIS and you need to enclose a stamped addressed envelope to:­

MARTYN HARVEY

2, AIRLIE VILLAS

GILLINGGATE

KENDAL

CUMBRIA LA9 4JD

 

Christmas Truce

While Remembrance Day is still fresh in peoples’ minds Radio Cumbria and Furness Music Centre are inviting everybody to join a commemoration of the 1914 Christmas Truce. This was when enemies shared songs, cigarettes & footy.

Come to Barrow Library on Monday 17th November 5 pm to 6 30 pm if you want to add your voice to the Truce Community Choir for a half-time sing-up at Barrow AFC’s home game on December 20th. There will be another rehearsal on December 15th. Songs will include Only Remembered, Silent Night and a rousing medley of Pack-up Your Troubles/Tipperary.

All are welcome, from novices to professional singers.

Photo: Today we remember the fallen, at Christmas we will remember the 1914 Truce, when, in a dazzling moment of hope, enemies shared songs, cigarettes & footy. Come to Barrow Library on Monday if you want to add your voice to the Truce Community Choir for a half-time sing-up at Barrow AFC. Only Remembered, Silent Night and a rousing medley of Pack-up Your Troubles/Tipperary. Please share.