From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides
By (author) Margaret Fay Shaw
From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides by Margaret Fay Shaw
Book DescriptionMargaret Fay Shaw's life spans a century of change. Leaving home and school in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia aged 16, she crossed to Scotland to spend a year at school near Glasgow. It was there that her love for Scotland was born. After studying music in New York and Paris, she returned to live for six years with two sisters in South Uist. Life on the island had changed little from previous centuries, and material comforts were few. But the island was rich in music and tradition, and Margaret Fay Shaw's collection of Gaelic lore and song are amongst the most important made this century, whilst her photography evocatively captures the aura of a vanished world. Her autobiography is the remarkable testament of a remarkable woman as well as a powerful plea in defence of a Gaelic culture and world under threat. It is written with a sharpness of observation, directness of humour and zest for life which make it a marvellous record of the twentieth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841587707
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 9-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Margaret Fay Shaw
From the Alleghenies to the Hebrides, Paperback (July 1999)
In her early teens Margaret Fay Shaw was dispatched from Alleghenies to stay near Glasgow. After studying music abroad she returned to live on South Uist, an island barely changed from earlier centuries. In this autobiography Margaret Fay Shaw's collections and photography capture a vanished world.
Folk-songs and Folklore of South Uist, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by Margaret Fay Shaw
This is a compendium of photographs, stories, traditions and songs, it is an introduction to the world of the Gael and a memorial to a world now largely disappeared. It presents the rich tapestry of Gaelic life and culture in the words of the people who lived in and through that culture.
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Author Biography - Margaret Fay Shaw
Margaret Fay Shaw died on Canna in 2004 at the age of 101. She was one of the most notable collectors of authentic Scottish Gaelic song and traditions in the 20th century. Shaw was also an outstanding photographer, and both her still pictures and cinematography contributed to an invaluable archive of island life in the 1930s. She met the folklorist John Lorne Campbell on South Uist in 1934; they married a year later and together helped to rescue vast quantities of oral tradition from oblivion. Her autobiography has been almost continuously in print since its first publication in 1994.
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