Jean Redpath

Scottish Folk Singer Jean Redpath Dies

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The Scottish singer Jean Redpath has died. She was 77 and in an Arizona hospice. A huge champion of Scottish folksongs, she moved to the US as a young woman.

She performed alongside Bob Dylan and was a regular on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

She spent a decade as a lecturer in Scottish folksong at Stirling University, as well as performing in venues across the world.

Tributes have been paid by other musicians, artists and friends.

Speaking on BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme, Scottish singer and songwriter Sheena Wellington described Redpath as the “foremost ambassador for Scottish traditional song for more than 50 years”.

She said: “She researched and brought back lots of songs that had been lost in the midst of time, and just performed with such grace and such humour as well. She was incredibly funny on stage.”

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