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The voices of the past ... brought to life through the latest technology - The speik o a bygane age ... gien new virr wi fantoosh technology
This website contains over 34,000 oral recordings made in Scotland and further afield, from the 1930s onwards.
The items you can listen to include stories, songs, music, poetry and factual information.

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Photo Copyright �1988 Jim Maginn

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ewan MacColl, prolific songwriter, folk singer, political activist, actor, playwright and poet. Ewan wrote over 300 songs and became one of Britain's most prominent folksinger-songwriters during the 1950s and one of the main composers of English protest songs during the folk revival of the 1950s and 60s.

He wrote 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' which was a number one hit for Roberta Flack in 1972 and earned him a Grammy award for 'Song of the Year'. His song 'Dirty Old Town' about his home town of Salford was recorded by many musicians including Donovan, The Dubliners, Simple Minds and The Pogues.

In this recording from 1953, Ewan introduces and sings 'The Four Loom Weaver', a Lancashire song from the 1820s, in which a weaver describes the hard times he has fallen on.

Listen to 'The Four Loom Weaver'

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Julie Fowlis and Chris Wright were Tobar an Dualchais' Artists in Residence in 2012

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