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Part of the Alan Lomax Portrait Series, this volume is devoted to Scottish folk singer Jeannie Robertson, whom Lomax recorded in London, England on November, 1953. The tunes go as far back in Scottish folk history as anyone can possibly document and all are sung beautifully and effectively a cappella by Robertson. Included are several previously unreleased performances and interview segments where Lomax gets her to illuminate on the background to several of the songs. One great song and story follows another on here; they are seamless and abound all over this disc. But special attention must be paid to "Son David," "The Battle of Harlow," "The Moon Shined On My Bed Last Night" and "Bonnie Annie and Andrew Lammie," true highlights of the disc, while the interview segments are nothing less than thoroughly charming in their guileless manner. Robertson was at the peak of her singing glory back in 1953, a marvelous repository of tradition and pride, and these recordings will hold you in their stark, trance-inducing spell.


Born: 15 January 1915 in Austin, TX

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few figures deserve greater credit for the preservation of America's folk music traditions than Alan Lomax. Scouring the backroads, honky tonks, and work camps of the Deep South, he unearthed a treasure trove of songs and singers, documenting the music of the common man for future generations to discover; through Lomax's pioneering efforts, cultural traditions ranging from the Delta blues to Appalachian folk to field hollers continue to live on, with his invaluable recordings offering a compelling...
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