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Author Porter, James, 1937-

Title Jeannie Robertson : emergent singer, transformative voice / James Porter, Herschel Gower
Edition 1st ed
Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1995


Description 1 online resource (xlvi, 357 pages) : illustrations
Series Publications of the American Folklore Society. New series
Publications of the American Folklore Society. New series (Unnumbered)
Contents "The bonnie bunch o' roses" : traveller kith and kin -- "The lady o' the lake" : childhood and courtship -- "A gift o' some kind" : Jeemsie, Lizzie, and second sight -- "The flure o' ma family" : Jeemsie -- "Intil the country" : renewal and discovery -- "The pleasure of Scotland" : fame -- "An' nivir sung better" : London and the MBE -- "A fine air and a good story" : aesthetics -- "Farewell to my Jean" : a singer's legacy -- Songs in part II -- About the songs -- Songs of childhood, 1-12 -- Songs of freedom, 13-22 -- Songs of social conflict, 23-32 -- Songs of love affirmed, 33-45 -- The humors of love, 46-55 -- Songs of love's ironies, 56-65 -- Songs of love denied, 66-74 -- Songs of fraught relationships, 75-80
Summary "Combining biography, folklore, oral history, and ethnomusicology, this book explores the life and repertoire of the Scottish traditional singer Jeannie Robertson (1908-1975) - an artist whom Alan Lomax hailed as "a monumental figure in twentieth-century folksong."" "Utilizing numerous quotations from Robertson's own oral accounts of her life, James Porter and Herschel Gower trace her career as a member of the marginal nomadic group in Northeast Scotland known as "travellers," whose origin is obscure. They explain the importance of traditional song in Robertson's family and community and include eighty of her songs, complete with musical notation."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-348) and index
Discography: pages 349-351
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Robertson, Jeannie, 1908-1975.
Robertson, Jeannie, 1908-1975.
Folk singers -- Scotland -- Biography
Folk singers.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Gower, Herschel
ISBN 0870499041