This book marks the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Edinburgh People's Festival Ceilidh and collects views and perspectives on the way the Scottish Folk Revival has evolved over the past sixty years. The Ceilidh at Oddfellows' Hall was a catalyst for the modern Scottish Folk Revival. It was presided over by Hamish Henderson and recorded by Alan Lomax. Also in 1951, the School of Scottish Studies was founded at the University of Edinburgh.
The book was launched at the 10th Carrying Stream Festival in Edinburgh in November 2011, organised by Edinburgh Folk Club in cooperation with the School of Scottish Studies and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, to celebrate these anniversaries. Edited by Eberhard 'Paddy' Bort, the chairman of the Edinburgh Folk Club, it gives the history of the 1951 Ceilidh, as remembered by the late Hamish Henderson himself, and as researched by Ewan McVicar, and the involvement of Alan Lomax in Scotland, in contributions by Margaret Bennett and Ewan McVicar. Folk singers, collectors, organisers and researchers add their perspectives to paint a multi-faceted picture of the Scottish folk scene's evolution, its present state and future perspectives.