Hamish Matters is a new Blairgowrie & Rattray festival featuring live music, storytelling, sessions, film and more celebrating the life and works of Hamish Henderson which took place on 10-12 November 2017.
Hamish Henderson, the renowned Scottish poet, writer and folk archivist was born in Blairgowrie on 11 November 1919, and from early on was introduced to folksong by his mother who brought him up to speak Gaelic. As well as being a decorated soldier in WW2, and a major figure in the Scottish Folk Revival, Hamish travelled throughout Scotland with the renowned American folklorist, Alan Lomax, which culminated in the legendary 1951 People’s Ceilidh which took place in Edinburgh.
Henderson and Lomax brought together and recorded these performers from the various traditions of Scottish Music, in particular, the Gaelic singing of the Western Isles, Aberdeenshire Bothy Ballads and Border Ballads. And, of course, Henderson working with Blairgowrie writer Maurice Fleming became renowned for recording the music of the Travelling People of Strathmore, famously the Stewarts of Blair.
The weekend included choir singing by local primary schools in the Blairgowrie Library where there is a bust of Hamish; a showing of Robbie Fraser’s highly acclaimed documentary ‘Hamish: the story of a Scottish Cultural Icon’ in Rattray Halls on the afternoon of the Sat 11 Nov and the Ceilidh on the Saturday evening, featuring Perthshire’s acclaimed two-piece Mad Ferret; Iona Fyfe, one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers; Gaelic singer Aileen Ogilvie and the Perthshire Gaelic Choir; and local performers such as Hamish MacGregor and young piper Callum Douglas. The evening was compered by Poet and Hamish aficionado, Jim Mackintosh.
P5/6/7 were invited to the festival and sung 3 songs:
Bonnie Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lommon
Dance Tae Yer Daddy