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A Traveller's Life
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ISBN:
9781841589794
Categories
Biography
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
01 April 2011
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
208
Illustrations
8pp b/w plates

A Traveller's Life

by Sheila Stewart - Find out more about the author

'This is an important volume and will be welcomed by all those who value the significance of engaging empathetically with tradition' - Ian Russell, English Dance & Song magazine, www.efdss.org

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 Scotland, working on farms and experiencing all the highs and lows of the traveller lifestyle. From 1954 she sang in concerts with her parents and her sister Cathie, and they became stars of the folk scene. An acclaimed storyteller and ballad singer, she is in huge demand and has continued to perform up to the present day. This, her long-awaited autobiography, is graphic in its depiction of the sometimes harrowing circumstances of her life, but is also a tribute to the rich and dramatic tradition of which she is one of the last representatives.


Sheila Stewart, MBE was the last in the line of the Stewarts of Blair. She spent her childhood travelling all over Scotland and working on farms with her family. From 1954 she sang in concerts with her parents and her sister Cathie. An acclaimed story teller and ballad singer, she also lectured on the oral culture of the travelling people. Sheila died in 2014.