Fiona has been named as this year's recipient of THE HAMISH HENDERSON AWARD FOR SERVICES TO TRADITIONAL MUSIC by HANDS UP FOR TRAD. This will also see Fiona inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall for Fame. Hamish Henderson was a seminal influence on today's traditional music scene and his legacy was a guiding light for Fiona's co-authored book Wayfaring Strangers.
Great news: New York Times Best Seller WAYFARING STRANGERS is now also the 60th winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Selection Panel had this to say: "We believe this is a book that will serve as the standard in the field of Western North Carolina music history for decades to come. The Panel applauds the ambition and scholarship of the authors and the publisher (UNC Press). The work is thoroughly researched, beautifully written, exceptionally well designed and illustrated, and as an appropriate coda, includes a wonderful illustrative CD of the music it honors."
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Last year we lost the "Mother of Folk" ~
Jean Ritchie (1922-2015)
THANK JEAN FOR HER LIFE OF MAKING, SHARING AND COLLECTING SONGS BY SINGING HER PEACE ROUND ON NEW YEAR'S EVE:
What a goodly thing
If the children of all men
Could dwell together
Pete Seeger, 1919-2014
Thank you also to Pete Seeger for a long life of sharing songs and passions. Like Jean, Pete was generous in his support of Wayfaring Strangers, and his reflections are featured throughout the book and on the CD, along with Jean's. Reading a full transcript of the interview with Pete Seeger. Click here
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Fiona Ritchie was named an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, 2014 Read about it here.