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Alec Stewart songs, Bettyhill, Sutherland 1955. Tape 6

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Janet Topp FargionRecording starts here. Test tone to this point.
Posted by Janet Topp Fargion on 29/01/2013

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Armadale, Bettyhill, Sutherland, Scotland

  • Performers

    Stewart, Alec (singer, male / spoken, male), [?], Christina (singer, female), Stewart, Mary (singer, female / spoken, female)

  • Recordist

    Henderson, Hamish

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    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] 3 port a Beuls [2'00"].- Alec & Christine - Port a Beul (High Road to Linton) [0'33"].- 2v of Crodh Chalein (Colin's Cattle) [0'35"].- Another Song (talk bef) Duncan McKenzie [1'10"].- Explain of story. Dob Donn & the 1/2 Crown (aeroplane passes over).- Rob Donn and the 3 bards in Gaelic and English [3'25"] Good example of tranl difficulty.- Gaelic Song. Green Isle of Isla, edit at [0'40"] [4'45"].- Alec and Christine. The Red Wife of Big Hector (Calder Fair).- .- 3. "Port a Beuls" (to be edited as required) [2'00"].- Alec Stewart and Christine. Another Port a Beul (High Road to Linton) [0'33"].- 2 verses of "Crodh Caleir" (Colin's Cattle) [0'35"].- Another song (talk before) Duncan McKenzie [1'10"].- Alec Stewart. Explain of story about "Rob Donn + half crown". Told in Gaelic on FMK 779. (Aeroplane passes over).- "Robb Donn and the 3 Bands" told in Gaelic and English [3'25"].- Continued from other side. Alec Stewart, Gaelic Song (Green Isle of isla) edit at [0'40"] [4'45"]. The Reel of Wide of Big Hector (Calder Fair) Alec and Christine. [Quality note: test tones at beginning. Pre-echo because of print-through.]

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On this tape is Alec Stewart, a blind Gaelic storyteller and singer, his wife Mary, and a young girl named 'Christina'. Alec sings a number of songs and tells stories in both Gaelic and English. Hamish Henderson notes the songs after each performance. [Note: this is not the same Alec Stewart as the piper and well-known 'Stewart family' from Perthshire.]

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 03/03/2013 21:13:00


Recording starts here. Test tone to this point.

Posted by Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator, WTM, British Library on 29/01/2013 11:38:00