Finding Scottish Songs and Ballads Online

Finding Scottish Songs and Ballads Online

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Book now for this FREE workshop!

  • More than 1000 North-East ballads and songs are now online!

  • Learn how to find songs from your area

  • Find new songs for your repertoire

  • Find new versions of classic words and tunes

Whether you are researching for performance or study, the James Madison Carpenter Collection, made in the 1930s, contains a vast treasure trove of North-East folk song. Now available for the first time on-line, it can be accessed, along with over 20 other folk song collections from Britain and beyond, via the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Digital Archive.

Come and find out more about the Carpenter collection and gain practical experience in using the new website to find the materials you want – texts and tunes. Discover what's available, how to search for it, and how to get the most out of this unique resource.

This workshop will be led by Carpenter collection researchers Tom McKean and Julia Bishop (Elphinstone Institute), and Laura Smyth, director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. They are joined by Katherine Campbell, well known as a performer and for her research into North-East song, to delve into connections between the Carpenter collection and other Scottish collections from before and after. How do songs in the Carpenter collection compare with those in the Greig-Duncan collection or the recordings on Tobar an Dulchais?

The workshop is free and open to anyone with an interest in Scottish Traditional song. No previous experience of using digital archives is necessary.



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Elphinstone Institute
Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building

Book your FREE place at the Carpenter Workshop at or Tel: 01224 272996

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