Tuesday, 18 February 2014

22 February 1764 - Song Collector Alexander Campbell's 250th Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXANDER CAMPBELL!

born 22.2.1764 


I've written and talked and blogged about Alexander Campbell so much over the past eight or nine years that I hardly need to go over his biography again today.  However, it would be shabby not to mention his 250th birthday on Saturday 22nd February.  His was a fascinating life. He dabbled in many things, and didn't achieve particular greatness, but he left a pile of published writings and Scottish music.  

To celebrate his birthday, he surely merits a cake. And perhaps a cognac, since I know he appreciated good cognac!

You can read about Campbell at length in my book, Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era.  You'll also find further writing on my Academia.edu pages.

I arranged some of his songs from Albyn's Anthology for my book-launch, and I have since been fortunate enough to get some good recordings of the pieces by a Cambridge saxophone ensemble called Saxual Healing:-
Jo Currie's book, Mull: the Island and its People, contains a big chunk from Campbell's Hebridean song-collecting diary (the time he spent on Mull, specifically) - I warmly commend it to you.

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