Gypsies Sing Long Ballads
Scotland’s Gypsies have lived outside mainstream society for more than 500 years. Although some of the “Travelling People” still live by the sides of roads, most live today in houses and are under pressure to abandon their culture. This film celebrates their traditional music, especially the long unaccompanied British ballads that date back hundreds of years and have been handed down by memory through the generations.
This remarkable and sensitive documentary will be of interest to courses in cultural anthropology, European peoples, ethnomusicology, and the arts and humanities. It was produced by the noted filmmaker and musician, John Cohen.