Robertson, Jeannie (1908–1975)

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Robertson, Jeannie (1908–1975)

Scottish folksinger. Born 1908 in Aberdeen, Scotland; died Mar 13, 1975, in Aberdeen; children: Lizzie Higgins (folksinger).

Folksinger who had a profound influence on folk music revival, was one of the "traveling people" who went to Blairgowrie to pick raspberries once a year and whose music was passed down orally from generation to generation; was virtually unknown beyond northeast Scotland until discovered by Scottish folklorist Hamish Henderson (1953); met Alan Lomax; began recording extensively (1950s), mostly on Lomax label; made the earliest known recording of "The Battle of Harlow"; also recorded the celebrated "I'm a Man You Don't Meet Every Day" (also known as "Jock Stewart"); albums include The Queen Among the Heather: The Alan Lomax Portrait Series (1998). Awarded MBE (1968).

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