27th January 2019
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Alongside Hamish Henderson and Norman Buchan, Fife-born poet, songwriter and activist Morris Blythman (1919-1981) completes the great triumvirate of seminal Scottish folk revivalists. As founder of Scotland’s first ever folk club, and host of many fabled house ceilidhs, he introduced singers like Robin Hall, Jimmie Macgregor, Ray and Archie Fisher, Hamish Imlach and Ewan McVicar to the wider public.
His collaborative contributions to numerous political campaigns, notably the anti-Polaris movement, created a large body of classic protest songs, as featured on the 1962 Folkways album Ding Dong Dollar. Tonight’s centenary celebration, featuring several generations of singers and musicians, pays tribute to his enduring and inspiring legacy.