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Posted By: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
22-Aug-14 - 05:22 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Jean Redpath (1937-2014)
Subject: RE: Obit: Jean Redpath (1937-2014)
I think I first met and heard Jean in 1959 at the Edinburgh Folk Club, where she sang with Dolina MacLennan and two men as a Weavers-type group. She was always so impressive, and so nice to meet.
Last contact with her was over Arthur Argo's diary account of staying with her when he was touring singing in the USA in the early 60s. We agreed to meet and chat next time she was in Scotland - not to be, alas.
I thought of her two days ago when passing The Toft in Elie where I think she had one of the cottages.
So sadly missed by so many.
Edinburgh FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERT FROM A BOOK ABOUT ARTHUR ARGO AS A COLLECTOR AROUND SCOTLAND IN 1960
TO HEAR THE RECORDINGS GO TO THE KIST O RICHES WEBSITE AT http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/ AND SEARCH FOR REDPATH
Arthur visited another future star of the Folk Revival, JEAN REDPATH, and her family at home in Leven, Fife. Jean sang:
Scots ballads – Sir Patrick Spens and Willie's Drooned in Yarrow, The Overgate
Scots art songs – Islay Reaper's Song, and accompanied by her father on hammered dulcimer The Road To The Isles
childrens parodies – God Save the King, Whiter Than the Snow, Put a Nickel on the Drum, Jesus Saves, and with Ella Ward Jesus Loves Me
and the Irish comic song Paddy McGinty's Goat.
And then she lilted a melody of her own composition titled The Strange Wild Cry of Homeless Things.
Her Father JAMES REDPATH played on hammer dulcimer The Road to the Isles, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, two unknown jigs, and an Imitation of Church Bells, he sang two Scots songs – Imphm and I've Got Nothing to Do and Nowhere to Go – and talked about his grandfather, James Lawson, who made hammer dulcimers.