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1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh

This image by artist Michael McVeigh comes from a  CD cover held in the Centre for Political Song. The Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh CD on, Rounder Records, was put together by Ewan McVicar from the vast New York-based Alan Lomax Archive.  It captures a seminal event in the Scottish folk revival which took place in Edinburgh's Oddfellows' Hall on 31 August 1951 compred by Hamish Henderson.  The ceilidh was a testament to Scotland’s rich oral and musical heritage and showcased Jimmy MacBeath, John Strachan, Flora MacNeil, Calum Johnston, Jessie Murray, Blanche Wood and John Burgess.

Michael's paintings identify strongly with Scotland, its people and Scottish culture. Fishermen and Scottish folk musicians are a favourite subject as well as the Edinburgh Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Tattoo and Scotland’s New Year celebrations at Hogmanay.

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