TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

Finding Scottish Songs and Ballads Online

04 March 2018

09:45 am

Elphinstone Institute


A FREE workshop on using the Vaughan Williams Library (VWML) Digital Archive, and learning songs from its latest addition, the James Madison Carpenter Collection, Sunday 4 March, 9.45am - 4pm

Looking for songs from your area, new songs for your repertoire, or interested in songs and ballads for teaching and study?

Whatever your interest, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s digital archive is the leading online resource of folk materials. This is now live in a bigger and even better version. It now includes over 2000 more songs, half of which come from the North East of Scotland, and features new ways of searching them.

This workshop is a unique collaboration between the TMSA, Elphinstone Institute, and Vaughan William Memorial Library, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It features:

Laura Smyth, director of the VWML, who will lead a practical session in using the website. Bring your laptop for hands-on practice!

Julia Bishop, of the Carpenter Collection Project will give an illustrated talk introducing Carpenter and his impressive collection of folk song and drama from 1930s Britain.

Janice Reavell, a well-known singer and teacher, will lead a singing workshop featuring treasures from the Carpenter collection.

Everyone is welcome to attend. All you need is an interest in traditional songs and ballads!

A partnership between the TMSA, Elphinstone Institute, Arts & Humanities Research Council and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (EFDSS).

Venue: MacRobert Building, Elphinstone Institute (Room MR040, Ground Floor)

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Venue Information

Elphinstone Institute
MacRobert Building
Aberdeen University

Telephone: 01224 314 795