The department of Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to announce the appointment of Frieda Morrison as the new Artist in Residence - Scots language and song - for the coming semester. The Residency, funded by the College of Humanities and Social Science and by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, marks ten years since the completion of the publication of the eight volumes of The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection (1981-2002). It will also highlight the centenary of the virtual completion of the collection which was made by Gavin Greig of Whitehill, New Deer, and by the Reverend James Bruce Duncan of Lynturk, Alford, both of Aberdeenshire.
The Residency seeks to reintroduce songs from the collection back into oral tradition and will have particular focus on songs that are not already well known in the modern-day context. Frieda will be undertaking work that aims to involve schools and will perform at the University of Edinburgh’s annual St Andrew’s Night concert. Many of the songs contain a rich Scots language element, and this will be emphasised through the Residency.
This article was published on Oct 18, 2012