In 2019, Professor Freeman marked the centenary of the birth of Hamish Henderson at Orkney Library and Archives with a ‘breathless declamatory account … of Scotland’s finest folklorist and songwriter’ (The Orcadian).

This is a follow-up lecture based upon Freeman’s new tribute CD to Henderson, ‘Ballad of the Banffies’ and his new book, Conversation Pieces.

Free tickets via Eventbrite:

Amongst his accolades, Henderson personally accepted the surrender of Italy during WW II; won the Somerset Maugham Prize for Literature for his war elegies, and helped found The School of Scottish Studies. Moreover, his achievement has been fully acknowledged by Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan amongst so many others.

Fred Freeman is Professor of Traditional Music and Scots Language at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. He is producer of some 49 internationally acclaimed CDs and author of over 100 writings on Scottish music, literature, language and history.

The lecture will take place in the MacGillivray Room, Orkney Library & Archives, on 3 August at 2pm until 3.30pm. If you register for a space but subsequently cannot attend, please return your ticket via Eventbrite to allow someone else a space.