ANGUS MCPHEE - Weaver of Grass

ANGUS MCPHEE or MACPHEE was a crofter from Uist who spent almost 50 years in a Highland psychiatric hospital. During this time he chose not to speak - instead he wove a series of incredible costumes out of grass. These he hung on trees in the hospital grounds.

This blog follows the progress of HORSE + BAMBOO THEATRE as they develop and tour a show about Angus....

Monday, 5 March 2012

Alan Lomax on Uist

I came across a short piece in G2 in today's The Guardian - The Year Alan Lomax came to South Uist - written by the Uistman Angus-Peter Campbell. The year in question, 1951, was when the great American folklorist visited Scotland and the Hebrides to record the indigenous songs and stories. 

What is newsworthy is that these recordings have just been made freely available on the internet from the site of the Association for Cultural Equity. Go to - look for the 'SOUND COLLECTIONS' on the left column, choose 'Scotland 1951, 1953, 1957' and follow this link through. This will then take you to two pages of recordings from a number of places including Daliburgh and Garrynamonie on South Uist. 

Of special interest are the songs recorded in Angus MacPhee's home community of Eochar during June 1951. These include 3 interviews and 5 milking work songs by Kate Nicholson, vividly accompanied by the squeeze and rush of milk into the pail. Wonderful!

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