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Translated title of the contributionAlexander Carmichael as Song Collector
Original languageGaelic
Publication statusUnpublished - Jun 2010
EventÒran 2010 Sang - Skye, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 May 2010 → …


ConferenceÒran 2010 Sang
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period15/05/10 → …


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.


Òran 2010 Sang

15/05/10 → …

Skye, United Kingdom

Event: Conference

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