Sounds from…  The Gallowa Hills and The Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh 2011

A two part sound installation in Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavillion in association with The School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive, University of Edinburgh

Between 1953 - 1961 Scottish poet and prolific folk song collector Hamish Henderson (1919-2002) took ten recordings of traveller and folk singer, Jeannie Robertson, singing The Gallowa Hills. For the first part of the sound installation, the recordings were played in succession, each differing according to mood and feeling of the singer at the time and the atmosphere in which the recording was taken.

The second sound piece was of the Edinburgh People’s Festival Ceilidh organised by Henderson in 1951 (recorded by Alan Lomax). The event was held in response to the perceived exclusivity of the Edinburgh International Festival and the recording takes the listener back to what is considered as one of the catalysts for the folk revival in Scotland.

Installed in the Edinburgh Art Festival Solar Pavilion in St Andrew Square, these sounds from other times and places could be heard in full by visitors, or in fragments by those passing through.