Jeannie Robertson - Songs of a Scots Tinker Lady: Scots folk singer Jeannie Robertson (1908 - 1975) was descended from the Traveller people. She is regarded as the century's finest carrier and interpreter of Scots ballads and folk song as well as Scots and Traveller folklore and tradition.This CD, made from an early1950s LP, features twelve songs from the repertoire of this great lady of Scots song with occasional guitar accompaniment by Josh MacCrae. There may be a few slight imperfections associated with the age of the original material, but we have tried to make the sound quality of the CD as clear and crisp as possible. We hope that you will agree with us that the quality of the music still shines through.
Notes from the original album cover: "Jeannie Robertson comes off roving stock - on both her father's and mother's side, her ancestors belonged to the travelling clans (Stewarts and Robertsons) who roamed the North-East of Scotland. Jeannie herself, although born in the city, spent much of her youth travelling "up the Dee and down the Don" with her people, and learned many of her songs at their camp-fires.
Music is in the blood of the Scots 'tinker-gypsy' clans, and it is rare that one finds a Stewart, a MacPhee or a Robertson who is not a singer, a piper or a fiddler. Jeannie's mother was a great singer, and about half of her own vast repertoire of folksongs came from her mother. Jeannie's husband, at one time a famous piper, frequently won prizes at the Highland Games. And her daughter is also a fine singer. No wonder, then, that her home in Aberdeen is a real 'ceilidh house' - the natural meeting place for all her friends who like listening to the old Scots traditional music. Three brothers are singers, her brother-in-law plays the pipes, and almost next door lives Albert Stewart, one of the finest fiddlers in Scotland. And when she lifts up her own voice, Jeannie can keep a ceilidh going for a whole night long."