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Scots Song Resources


A wide variety of Scots Song resources is now available online. 

Kist o Riches / Tobar an Dualchais is home to over 30,000 digitised field recordings in Scots and Gaelic mainly from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

The James Madison Carpenter Collection Project features recordings of songs from Aberdeenshire undertaken in the 1920s and '30s by the American foklorist JM Carpenter. The material forms something of a bridge between the work of Gaving Greig and James B. Duncan, and the collectors of the 1950s. The project is currently preparing material for publication.

The Alan Lomax Archive of recordings from Lomax's trips to Scotland are now available at the Association for Cultural Equity website

Digitised recordings from both old commercial releases (e.g. 78rpm records) and private collections are online at Raretunes.org

The Roud Folk Song Index, compiled by Steve Roud, Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society, is hosted at the English Folk Dance and Song Society's website. It contains nearly 200,000 references to folk songs from across the British Isles, with references to recorded, manuscript and printed versions of songs.

The National Library of Scotland's Digital Archive
hosts the recently digitised Glen Collection of Scottish music and songbooks, along with a Scottish Song Index, and the Word on the Street broadside ballads project

NLS also hosts a collection of over 2,300 English broadside ballads which contain a number of Scottish items. 

Links to more resources are on our Broadsides and Chapbooks page.

A number of organisations exist to promote Scots song and its performance, including:
TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association)
The World's Room Traditional Singers Club
New Makars Trust
Traditional Music Forum
Scotland Sings

Scots song workshops and singing groups:
Scots Music Group in Edinburgh
SCaT (Scottish Culture and Traditions) in Aberdeen Angus Folk in Kirriemuir
Singing Stirling
JustSingin Birnam
Sangschule in West Lothian
Sangstream in Edinburgh

Educational sites:
Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh
The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen
NEFA, The North East Folklore Archive
Scotland's Songs, hosted by Education Scotland
Scotland's Songs Extra, additional material by Ewan McVicar

Independent sites
Ewan McVicar hosts a variety of sites for different songs projects with which he is involved, including Scots Sangs Fur Schools.
Nigel Gatherer's Musical Museum

Record companies specialising in Scots song include: 
Springthyme Records, Fife
Greentrax Recordings, East Lothian 

Digitised versions of many out-of-print song collections held in libraries around the world are available in multiple formats at the Internet Archive.

A lively discussion forum and traditional song database exist at The Mudcat Café

If you find any useful resources not listed here, let us know and we will add them.