Scottish Song-Collector Alexander Campbell and his Ethnomusicological Exploits

Engagement activity: External performance, talk or presentationTalk for a mainly non-academic audience (e.g. for the general public, community or industry)

Karen McAulay (Speaker), 18 Oct 2020

Zoom talk to the Traditional Song Forum. (One of four invited speakers at TSF Online 12.) ‘Scottish Song-Collector Alexander Campbell and his Ethnomusicological Exploits’ – You cannot beat the early 19th-century song-collector Alexander Campbell for enthusiasm, energy or commitment. Indeed, he turned his hand to various other enterprises before embarking on a trip round the Highlands and the Hebrides in pursuit of his dream – the collection of Scottish songs for his ‘Albyn’s Anthology’. He attempted a similar trip to the Scottish Borders the following year. It is also interesting to learn more about those who supported his venture – it truly was a case of not just ‘what you know’, but also ‘who’! It would be fair to describe him as a flawed genius, in some senses, but his legacy is nonetheless interesting to anyone enthusiastic about historical Scottish and Borders songs.

External organisation

NameTraditional Song Forum