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Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen

Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen: Travellers' Songs, Stories and Tunes of the Fetterangus Stewarts

Elizabeth Stewart
Compiled and edited by Alison McMorland
Copyright Date: 2012
Pages: 305
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    Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glen
    Book Description:

    Elizabeth Stewart is a highly acclaimed singer, pianist and accordionist whose reputation has spread widely not only as an outstanding musician but as the principal inheritor and advocate of her family and their music. First discovered by folklorists in the 1950s, the Stewarts of Fetterangus, including Elizabeth's mother Jean, her uncle Ned, and her aunt Lucy, have had immense musical influence. Lucy in particular became a celebrated ballad singer and in 1961 Smithsonian Folkways released a collection of her classic ballad recordings that brought the family's music and name to an international audience.

    Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glenis a significant memoir of Scottish Traveller life, containing stories, music, and songs from this prominent Traveller family. The book is the result of a close partnership between Elizabeth Stewart and Scottish folk singer and writer Alison McMorland. It details the ancestral history of Elizabeth Stewart's family, the story of her mother, the story of her aunt, and her own life story, framing and contextualizing the music and song examples and showing how totally integrated these art forms are with daily life. It is a remarkable portrait of a Traveller family from the perspective of its matrilineal line. The narrative, spanning five generations and written in Scots, captures the rhythms and idioms of Elizabeth Stewart's speaking voice and is extraordinary from a musical, cultural, sociological, and historical point of view. The book features 145 songs, eight original piano compositions, folk-tale versions, rhymes and riddles, and eighty fascinating illustrations, from the family of Elizabeth, her mother Jean (1912-1962) and her aunt Lucy (1901-1982). In addition, there are notes on the songs and a series of appendices.Up Yon Wide and Lonely Glenwill appeal to those interested in traditional music, folklore, and folk song--and in particular, Scottish tradition.

    eISBN: 978-1-61703-309-4
    Subjects: Music

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-xii)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xvi)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xvii-xxi)

    This collaborative venture was first set in motion by Elizabeth Stewart on returning from her final singing trip to the USA in 1997. At her request to help, I felt drawn to do so. Why? Like many other people, I had first visited Lucy in the early 1970s, which was when I also first met Elizabeth, encouraged by Hamish Henderson of the School of Scottish Studies. As a young singer I was seeking to know more of Scots songs and ballads, and I was eager to learn from older singers. Hamish had invited me to visit the School of Scottish...

  6. Select Family Tree
    (pp. xxii-xxii)
  7. Map
    (pp. xxiii-1)
  8. Chapter One Doon the Dukker
    (pp. 3-65)

    My great-great-grandfather James Stewart wis known as ‘Piper Jimmy’ an wis o the Appin Stewarts. By all accounts he hid come north tae Banffshire in the early 1830s, leavin behind his ain brithers, who were aa pipers like him. In fact een o them wis piper tae the Duke o Atholl. Much o the history o the family pipers fae this time is written aboot in the bookPipes o War, which wis published in 1924. Piper Jimmy cam tae the parish o Kirkmichael eventually efter bein further north, an he settled at Kirkmichael where he raised his family, includin...

  9. Chapter Two Jean Stewartʹs Dance Band
    (pp. 67-139)

    Jean Stewart, my mither, wis a star in her ain right. In her lifetime she hid a great influence ower many, many folk, through her broadcastin an dance band playin an through the teachin o piano, accordion an dancin. She won awards for everythin she competed for, even clog dancin! She wis a highly skilled an qualified musician who could play any instrument she took a mind too. Her family wis so proud o her, especially Aul Betty, who hid worked her fingers tae the bone tae mak sure her dother hid everythin she needed for her music. Even today,...

  10. Chapter Three Aunt Lucy
    (pp. 141-219)

    She wis a shy modest person, an so when Hamish Henderson visited oor family on that very first occasion, aboot 1954, she wis very wary o him. Efter he hid talked wi her an Ned aboot songs, even singin a few verses himself, an jist showin that he kent aboot aa the things she loved an kent so well, she sang one song for him. It wisAs I Went A-Walkin, which she also used tae caaThe Jolly Plooboy. This wis a real favourite an cam fae oor family only. Tae gie her the confidence tae sing it for...

  11. Chapter Four Binnorrie
    (pp. 221-314)

    Even at an early, early stage there wis niver anythin but music for me. When I wis a bairn I wanted tae be a good musician or a music teacher, jist like my mother. She wis a proper workin musician, an she wis aye sae glamorous, an I wanted tae be jist like her.

    I wis born in Fetterangus, in the family home at 14 Duke Street. I wis the eldest of the four children my mother wis tae hiv. I wis born on the 13th o May 1939. My mither told me aboot one time when I wis only...

  12. Song Notes
    (pp. 315-338)
    Geordie McIntyre
  13. Appendix I The Narrative Voice
    (pp. 339-340)
    Caroline Milligan
  14. Appendix II Transcribing and Editing the Music
    (pp. 341-346)
    Jo Miller
  15. Appendix III The Kenneth and Rochelle Goldstein Archive: Stories, Riddles and Song Fragments
    (pp. 347-364)
    Alison McMorland
  16. Glossary
    (pp. 365-368)
  17. Bibliography
    (pp. 369-372)
  18. Discography
    (pp. 373-374)
  19. Contributors
    (pp. 375-376)
  20. Song Index
    (pp. 377-384)
  21. Index
    (pp. 385-390)