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Janey Buchan Political Song Collection

GUEST,John Powles 09 Oct 13 - 09:26 AM
Anne Neilson 10 Oct 13 - 04:14 AM
Andrez 10 Oct 13 - 04:50 AM
maeve 10 Oct 13 - 09:38 AM
maeve 10 Oct 13 - 09:49 AM
Anne Neilson 10 Oct 13 - 05:41 PM
Andrez 10 Oct 13 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,Sean Sweeney 11 Oct 13 - 03:32 AM
Jack Campin 11 Oct 13 - 06:41 AM
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Subject: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: GUEST,John Powles
Date: 09 Oct 13 - 09:26 AM

An Evening of Song to celebrate the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection.
This evening marks the release of the compilation CD - The People's Voice: Celebrating the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection. The evening will launch the CD and features Alasdair Roberts, the McCluskey Brothers, Jo Mango, Amanda Lucas, The Hellfire Club, Dave Feathertson, Kim Moore and the Glasgow Madrigirls. The featured artists have joined a range of others in compiling an album of songs from the Collection which is housed at the University of Glasgow. The Concert takes place in the University's Concert Hall on Saturday 30 November 2013 at 7pm. Admission is £7, to include a copy of the album. All proceeds go to the development of the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection.


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 04:14 AM

Guest John -- is it possible to put up a link to the Collection's website? It's bound to be of interest to many 'Catters.
    Link added - Maeve found it. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: Andrez
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 04:50 AM

Yes that would be interesting. I'm not sure that JB's name is well known down under. It would be good to learn a little more.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: maeve
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 09:38 AM

Is this the correct link? Janey Buchan Political Song Collection


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: maeve
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 09:49 AM

Further information about Janey Buchan:
http://www.mustrad.org.uk/obits/j_buchan.htm

"Janey Buchan, who died on January 14, was very much her own woman, though for her forty-five years of marriage she was part of the team known as Norman and Janey Buchan. During that time they were at the heart of what was going on in Scotland's art, music, museums, libraries, theatre and politics, giving moral and practical support wherever needed. After the first People's Festival Ceilidh in Edinburgh in 1951, when they were both captivated by traditional song and in particular by Jessie Murray's singing of Skippin Barfit through the Heather, traditional music took a central place among their interests. Norman started the most successful of school Ballads Clubs and with another remarkable couple, Morris and Marion Blythman, they were the senior figures who gave direction to the youthful enthusiasts of the Glasgow Folk-Song Club.

Janey began to amass a collection of folklore books which would be awaiting Norman's attention when he retired from politics. (Norman was kept in the dark about the prices paid at auction for rare items.) Sadly, Norman died in 1990. His largely unforeseen death hit Janey hard. She had lost not only a dear companion, but the colleague and adviser who was ever at hand to bounce ideas off and turn a rhyme; she, in turn, put her prodigious memory and her wide reading of contemporary newspapers at Norman's service. And not just Norman's. She took seven newspapers a day and read them assiduously, acting as a one-woman news bureau for friends in all walks of life. At least once a month those friends could expect an envelope full of cuttings about their own special interests, however abstruse. To find a chair on a visit to the house in Partick you had to take a circuitous route using the patches of floor which showed between piled squares of newspaper and books old and new. Janey remained a supporter of paper and print, a lover of specialist bookshops, to the end of her life. She frequently found it necessary to remind purveyors of official information that a large proportion of the population still did not have access to computers.

When she retired as an MEP in 1994, there was no dissipation of her energy. She maintained her interest and her contacts in politics, folk-song and the performing arts. She was a generous donor to academic institutions and to small museums, which she saw as losers in the lottery funding scramble. She could be a demanding donor. When she presented The Norman and Janey Buchan Collection of Political Song to one of Glasgow's universities, she regarded it as a starting-point for building an important academic resource. She was dismayed when it seemed that the university directorate seemed to treat it as a trophy, a finished possession which needed no further development, and she let the directors know.

In 2002 she was the moving force behind the Edinburgh Festival's presentation of three weeks of concerts and talks, Them and Us: Scottish Political Song. This covered the songs of Gael and Lowlander, of the Scots-Irish of all persuasions, of Jacobites and the songwriters of the new millennium. Its impact was rewarded with the presentation of a Glasgow Herald 'Angel'.

However, the house in Partick was proving too large and possibly too full of memories. Janey decided to move to London. Unfortunately, this coincided with a decline in health, which meant that she was unable to take part in the public and artistic life of the capital as she had planned. A further decline made it sensible to move to Brighton, near to her son, Alasdair, and his family. Her one delight was the discovery of a good book shop close to her new home. Here she bought books to read and to pass on to friends. It is as a giver she will be remembered, not just of material things but of hope and encouragement, of tips from her wide experience: how to 'coffee-cup' a song or a piece of information, when was the best time of year to put on a folk concert, or to run successful jumble sale.

Her absence will be more noticeable than most folk's presence."

Adam McNaughtan - 20.1.12
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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: Anne Neilson
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 05:41 PM

Thanks to Maeve and Joe for the clicky link.


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: Andrez
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 08:07 PM

Yes, thanks very much to all concerned for the link and the background information on Janey and the collection.

Cheers,

Andrez


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: GUEST,Sean Sweeney
Date: 11 Oct 13 - 03:32 AM

Norman and Janey Buchan were Married in 1946, were members of the Communist Party at that time and became interested in Glasgow Unity Theatre. To my mind 1946 is when the Scottish Revival began. The offshoot of the "so called Scottish Renaissance" Hamish Henderson.
Hugh Macdairmid met Ewan McColl. Glasgow Unity Theatre played host to Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. Norman McCaig said he met Hugh Mcdairmid in 1946 (Off The Page).


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Subject: RE: Janey Buchan Political Song Collection
From: Jack Campin
Date: 11 Oct 13 - 06:41 AM

Has anybody asked President Rouhani of Iran, alumnus of The University That Must Not Be Named, what he thinks of the move?


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