Carrying Stream Festival 2009"8th Carrying Stream Festival
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Hamish Henderson
Edinburgh, 4-11 November 2009
• Eight days to lighten up November – marking Hamish Henderson’s 90th birthday
• Keynote address by Culture Minister Michael Russell
• International Line-up – Music, Song, Poetry and Storytelling from Scotland, Ireland, Denmark and the USA
• Launch of Volume II of Hamish Henderson biography
This year marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Hamish Henderson (1919-2002). From 4 to 11 November of this year, Edinburgh Folk Club and associates are putting on the 8th Carrying Stream Festival, a celebration of the life and legacy of this great Scottish folklorist and songwriter. The Festival has been on the go since the year of Hamish Henderson’s death. Again, an array of singers and musicians will fill an action-packed week of concerts and workshops.
The Festival opens with a gig by Scottish piper extraordinaire Fred Morrison, on Wednesday, 4 November, at the home of Edinburgh Folk Club, in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar (60, Pleasance, 8 pm). It is, of course, also the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns this year. On Thursday, 5 November, Gill Bowman will present her show ‘Toasting the Lassies’ as part of an evening, hosted by Nancy Nicolson and also featuring Jim Bainbridge and Tom Hubbard, at the Storytelling Centre.
We stay at the Storytelling Centre for Friday night (6 Nov), with Scottish guitarist John Carnie with Dave Moir and the pan-Celtic, multinational band The Outside Track.
On Saturday, at lunchtime, the Scottish Culture Minister Michael Russell will deliver this year’s Hamish Henderson Lecture (City Chambers, 12.30); in the evening, back at the Pleasance, a triple bill should provide one of the highlights of the Festival: Marian Bradfield is one of Ireland’s top singer/songwriters; the Lost Brothers, also from Ireland, are known for their meticulously presented folk rock jaunts, impeccably rendered vocal harmonies and stealthily intricate instrumental arrangements; and Habbadam from Bornholm have blown us away with their tunes and songs on a previous short visit, and they were also featured at last year’s Fiddle Festival.
Habbadam will also offer a workshop on Sunday afternoon; and the TMSA invites to a sing around session at the Royal Oak. In the evening, Margaret Bennett host ther traditional Ceilidh House Night, with singers Tich Frier and Jimmy Hutchison.
Monday, 9 November, the American singer/songwriter (and pal of Willie Nelson) Bob Cheevers plays at the Oak, in the company of Dominic Finley.
Tuesday, on the eve of Hamish’s 90th, at the Storytelling Centre, Tim Neat will launch the second and final volume of his biography of Hamish Henderson, followed by a panel discussing Hamish’s relevance for our times – with Margaret Bennett, Alec Finlay, Raymond Ross and Steve Byrne, chaired by Donald Smith.
The finale of his year’s Carrying Stream features top Scottish five piece band Malinky, at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar on Wednesday, 11 November, Hamish’s birthday.
Tickets from EFC (on Wednesday club nights), or from Paddy Bort (firstname.lastname@example.org; ph 0131 650 2458) and from Coda Music on the Mound. "