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Thread #88703   Message #1665922
Posted By: Abby Sale
10-Feb-06 - 08:08 AM
Thread Name: Happy! – Feb 10 (Gavin Greig)
Subject: Happy! – Feb 10 (Gavin Greig)

Happy Birthday!

One of the greatest of all folksong and tune collectors and scholars,

Gavin Greig

was born

2/10/1856

at Parkhill in Aberdeenshire
(d.8/31/1914)

This is the same Greig as in the Greig~Duncan Folk Song Collection

Aside from a few, mostly posthumous publications, the great bulk of his extraordinary fieldwork was unknown outside the NorthEast of Scotland. For decades Arthur Argo pleaded with the academic world to just have a look at his great-grandfather's notes and texts of over 2000 songs. No one could until Parick Shuldham-Shaw and Emily Lyle of the School of Scottish Studies and other brilliant scholars worked 20 years to produce one of the most important folk song studies ever printed.

(If the Flanders collection in America is as lucky, we'll be indeed fortunate.)

He was pretty much contemporary with his distant relative Edvard Grieg who also dealt a bit with folk music.
(Note that the Norwegian branch of the family changed the spelling and pronounciation of the name.)

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