Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh Remembered
August 31 marks the 68th anniversary of the Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh, a landmark event in the Scottish folk revival and one of these occasions that people look at and think, I wish I could have been there.
When Rounder Records, an American label with a fantastic catalogue of roots music, released a CD of the ceilidh in 2005, that wish was granted - well, as near as is possible - with the late Hamish Henderson's wonderfully authoritative emceeing.
Six years later, Edinburgh Folk Club celebrated the ceilidh's sixtieth birthday with a concert in the Irish pub that now occupies the premises that were Oddfellows Hall, the venue for the ceilidh. It's just across the road from another folk music landmark, Sandy Bell's in Forrest Road. There's a feature about the anniversary concert here