From the Library: Folk Music of Scotland

Today’s pro­gramme in our series From the Library fea­tures folk music of Scot­land, and while there are a quite a few tra­di­tion­al pieces and instru­men­ta­tion includ­ed, the show also focus­es on some of the mod­ern artists out there, and many of the new direc­tions in folk music that artists North of the Bor­der are tak­ing.

Of course many of these musi­cians build on the tra­di­tions of the past, but they tack­le mod­ern themes and con­cerns as well as ren­der­ing tra­di­tion­al songs and instru­men­ta­tion. Take the work of Karine Pol­wart, for exam­ple, or Bri­an McNeill. You’ll also hear the Peat­bog Faeries, Dougie MacLean, Karen Math­e­son, and many more.

The pic­ture is Mac­beth by John Mar­tin (Nation­al Gallery of Scot­land), which appears as the cov­er illus­tra­tion for the Whistlebinkies’ album Alban­nach, includ­ed in today’s pro­gramme.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library; today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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