:: Title :: Interview with Jeannie Robertson about The Handsome Cabin Boy, wicked songs, and her childhood innocence
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Robertson, Jeannie [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's flat
:: Location :: London (None), London (England)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Scottish, Lowland Scots, Aberdonian, Scottish Traveller
:: Session :: Jeannie Robertson I 11/53
:: Date :: 11/1/1953
:: Reference Information :: T3440.0, Track 5 (00:04:08)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Interviews with and songs sung by Regina "Jeannie" Robertson, MBE, "acclaimed balladeer of Scotland's travelling clans." The last tape in the series, T3462, was recorded at a song swap, also featuring revival singer Isla Cameron (included here) as well as Irish singer/banjo player Margaret Barry (included in the Irish collection) and Appalachian ballad singer Jean Ritchie (included in both, depending on the context of her songs). [Source: Editor]
2 - Tape 3447 was presumably not recorded in early November, as the tape box reads "?30, 1953," but because the month is not known, the tape is included here. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Jeannie explains the story of "The Handsome Cabin Boy" and discusses her childhood understanding of love songs and those Lomax suggests some might consider "wicked." She says she never went to a dancehall growin up, because her step-father thought they were evil. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Scotland 1951, 1953, and 1958

 

 

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