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Translated title of the contributionAlexander Carmichael: A song collector in the 1860s
Original languageGaelic
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventLéachtaí Cholm Chille XLI - Maynooth, Ireland
Duration: 1 Mar 2010 → …


ConferenceLéachtaí Cholm Chille XLI
Period1/03/10 → …


The paper offers an overview of the first exploratory phase of the song collecting career of the folklorist Alexander Carmichael (1832–1912). Carmichael is best-known for his edited collection of prayers, blessings, and charms printed in the first two volumes of his magnum opus Carmina Gadelica (1900); this paper makes the case that his pioneering activities as a collector of vernacular song, especially of women’s waulking songs, has been unjustly neglected. It offers a comprehensive survey of the texts Carmichael recorded (unfortunately, he could not write music) and the singers who sang or recited them for him. Detailed contextual notes are supplied, illuminating how Carmichael often acquired songs by happenstance, and how some songs at least might be read as a sly, oblique commentary by the singer about the candid, enthusiastic, and occasionally somewhat artless collector.


Léachtaí Cholm Chille XLI

1/03/10 → …

Maynooth, Ireland

Event: Conference

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