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Redpath, Jean (1937–)

Redpath, Jean (1937–)

Scottish folksinger. Born April 28, 1937, in Edinburgh, Scotland; graduate of Edinburgh University; attended School of Scottish Studies.

Famed for interpretations of Scottish ballads and songs of Robert Burns, moved to US (1961), performing in coffeehouses in San Francisco, then New York City; performed at Gerde's Folk City (1961), earning raves; began touring extensively throughout US, Canada and Australia (1962); performed at Edinburgh Festival, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House and many other venues; was artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University (1972–76) and 1st artist-in residence at Stirling University (1979–89); made more than 40 recordings, ranging from songs of Robert Burns and traditional ballads to legendary performance of "Song of the Seals" and contemporary favorite "Sonny's Dream"; appeared frequently on radio, including "Morning Pro Musica" on WGBH and Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." Made Member of the British Empire (MBE, 1987).

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