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Sheila Stewart retired today....

Anne Neilson 12 Aug 12 - 04:43 PM
maeve 12 Aug 12 - 04:53 PM
Leadfingers 12 Aug 12 - 05:01 PM
Northerner 13 Aug 12 - 05:23 AM
Young Buchan 14 Aug 12 - 04:57 AM
GUEST,Dr Price, Cookie-less 14 Aug 12 - 08:52 AM
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Subject: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 04:43 PM

Just back from a wonderful and very emotional concert at the Auchtermuchty Folk Festival in Fife - to mark the retirement from performance of traditional singer Sheila Stewart.
The hall was packed with singers and friends, there were contributions from various Festival guests (including a stunning slow air 'Farewell to Barra' on the small pipes by Hamish Moore), and plenty of heartfelt chorus singing.
But you could have heard a pin drop when Sheila herself took the stage: she was the absolute mistress of her craft, working her audience with all the experience gained from 60 years of performance and sharing her precious traveller heritage, though not without quite few tears when she launched into her final song, 'The Parting Glass'.

It was truly a privilege to be part of it all, so all thanks to you, Sheila, for being such a wonderful ambassador for traditional song and storytelling - and a real inspiration to several generations of musicians! We owe you, lady!


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: maeve
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 04:53 PM

Would that I could have been there.

Thanks and all honor to Sheila. Live a long and happy life!


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: Leadfingers
Date: 12 Aug 12 - 05:01 PM

As maeve said !!


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: Northerner
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 05:23 AM

I hope she has a long and healthy retirement.


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: Young Buchan
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 04:57 AM

She is the best folk singer still alive. Long may that still be the case!


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Subject: RE: Sheila Stewart retired today....
From: GUEST,Dr Price, Cookie-less
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 08:52 AM

I last saw Sheila Stewart at the Beyond The Border festival in St Donats Castle grounds, where she autographed for me Queen Amang The Heather (Sheila's biography on her traveller mother, Belle.) She held the festival audience in the palm of her hand - what a stunning traditional artist. Here's wishing Sheila a long and happy life!

Mick Tems


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