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Sheila Stewart is the last in the line of the Stewarts o' Blair, a travelling family who have made a unique contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was the legendary 'Queen amang the Heather', the singer and storyteller Belle Stewart, and her father, Willie Stewart, was a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood wandering with them all over S ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Birlinn Ltd
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Sheila Stewart is one of the Stewarts o' Blair, a family of travellers (often called tinkers in the bad old days) who have made a significant contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was a singer and storyteller and her father a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood in poverty, working on farms and gathering rubbish. Since 1954 she has been a star of Scottish folk music; singing for the queen, the pope, and the president. Although the book is worth reading for th ...more
I heard that Sheila Stewart died recently and just by coincidence picked up this book at the library not realising it was hers. I hardly ever go for the non fiction shelves but was very happy to read this beautiful book about a very mixed life - singing for popes and royalty and often not having money for food . An amazing account of an amazing life - and I've been listening to her singing at the same time . Have a look at her talking here about the 'coniach' - having the song in your soul - htt ...more