Duncan Williamson

Duncan Williamson

Biography

Duncan Williamson was born in 1928 to a travelling family originally from Argyllshire. Leaving school at the age of thirteen Duncan became an apprentice stonemason and worked steadily, gaining expertise as a cattleman and horse dealer, living under canvas close to the animal kingdom on the shores of Loch Fyne and later Perthshire, Aberdeen and Fife. A powerful singer of the ancient ballads and skilled in playing the mouth organ, the tin whistle and the Jew's harp, in later life he has become particularly well known for the telling of traditional stories. Many of these tales have been recorded for the School of Scottish Studies Sound Archive; written and edited by his partner Linda, they have been published by Canongate in several well-received and influential collections.

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