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Carrying Stream , Edinburgh 11-16th Nov

Johnny J 14 Nov 08 - 07:40 AM
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Subject: Carrying Stream , Edinburgh 11-16th Nov
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 07:40 AM

7th Carrying Stream Festival

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Hamish Henderson

Edinburgh, 11-16 November 2008

From 11 to 16 November of this year, Edinburgh Folk Club and asscciates are putting on the 7th Carrying Stream Festival, a celebration of the life and legacy of the great Scottish folklorist and songwriter Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). Again, an array of singers and musicians will fill an action-packed week of concerts and workshops.

Two anniversaries are at the centre of this year's Festival. The Edinburgh University Folk Song Society, co-founded by Hamish Henderson, celebrates its 50th birthday; and Edinburgh Folk Club itself can look back on 35 years of putting on folk gigs in the capital.

But the Festival opens with a screening of 'Journey to a Kingdom', introduced by its maker and Hamish Henderson's biographer Timothy Neat. The film is the affectionate and moving portrait of Hamish' Henderson's life, and will be shown on what would have been his 89th birthday on Tuesday, 11 November (6.15 pm, The Filmhouse, Lothian Road).

On Wednesday, 12 November, at the home of Edinburgh Folk Club, in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar (60, Pleasance, 8 pm), one of Scotland's finest singers and songwriters will be 'in concert': Robin Laing has made his name with songs about Edinburgh (and his new home in Lanarkshire) and with songs about Scotland's national drink, Scotland's "gift to humanity' – malt whisky. As this night marks the 35th anniversary of Edinburgh Folk Club, there should indeed be occasion for a wee toast…

On Thursday, 13 November, the action moves to the Scottish Storytelling Centre, where singer, songwriter and storyteller Nancy Nicolson hosts an evening of story and song. Guest include the English multi-instrumentalist and singer Brian Peters (who has just released a ballad album), the Ian Thompson Band, and visitors from the Hamish Henderson Folk Club Rome who will sing some of Hamish's favourite Partisan songs.

A mouth-watering line-up is offered on Friday, back at the Pleasance, featuring the doyen of Scottish folk singers, Travelling Folk presenter Archie Fisher, Scottish Young Traditional Singers of the Year, Siobhan Miller and Jeana Leslie, backed on guitar by Brian Miller, and Sinsheen, the exuberant harmony duo of Christine Kydd and Barbara Dymock.

On Saturday, Scots Music Group is offering all-day singing workshops under the title 'Power of Song', out at Boroughmuir School. At the City Chambers, at lunchtime, Pino Mereu of the Hamish Henderson Folk Club Rome, gives this year's Annual Hamish Henderson lecture, entitled 'Hamish Among the Partisans'. The evening concert and ceilidh is the Edinburgh University Folk Society's celebration of its 50th anniversary, in St Bride's, Orwell Terrace. Singers from five decades will roll back the years and reflect on the role the Society has played from the Folk Revival to the present day.

The TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland) offers a free singing session, the 'Annual Carrying Stream Singaround', at the Royal Oak (1 Infirmary Street) on Sunday afternoon, from 3 pm. And the concluding 'Ceilidh House Night', traditionally hosted by Scots and Gaelic singer and folklorist Margaret Bennett, will feature sets from Irish singer Seán Donnelly and singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dave Goulder.

More information:

Tickets from EFC (on Wednesday club nights), from Paddy Bort (ebort (at); ph 0131 650 2458) and from Coda Music on the Mound.

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Subject: RE: Carrying Stream , Edinburgh 11-16th Nov
From: Abby Sale
Date: 14 Nov 08 - 09:29 AM

>Edinburgh University Folk Song Society, co-founded by Hamish >Henderson, celebrates its 50th birthday; and Edinburgh Folk Club >itself can look back on 35 years of putting on folk gigs in the >capital.

FWIW, slightly than 35 years. We ran open concerts and the nightly affair of the Fringe from about 1968. The FolkSoc meetings would pay small fees to newly professional singers several years before that.

Some of my old friends will be performing in the mentioned ceilidh - I truly wish I could make it to that and the whole Carrying Stream Festival.

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