Posted: 12-Apr-2010 09:48
I have only just found that this musician was discussed here by Robnite and Aultimer some years ago. Robnite, after speaking with Stanley Roberson, reported:
"I talked to Stanley Robertson tonight at the Storytelling Weekend at the Woodend Barn, Banchory. I think you were there last year, if I remember correctly. Davy Hutchinson was, like Davy Stewart, a singer, accordionist, and busker. He busked all over the North and North East of Scotland. Very similiar - they even looked a bit alike, not surprising since they were related, and Davy Hutchinson was married to a Stewart. I vaguely remember meeting him busking on the streets of Keith during the Keith Show. (Circa 1970) As far as Stanley knows, he was never recorded, and so has slipped into obscurity. Let's also remember that for every traveller that Hamish Henderson recorded, there were another ten who refused to give him the time of day. They just didn't trust, "scaldies," and refused to be, as they saw it, exploited. So there we have Davy Hutchinson - not to be confused with Jimmy Hutchinson."
He was in fact a prolific and early recording artist and here are some recordings on www.raretunes.org with more to come. I am in contact with Davy's son who has provided a nice memoir of his father which will also be shared in due course.
Does anyone have a photograph of Davy?
Posted: 12-Apr-2010 11:40
This is really interesting. Sorry I don't have a photo.
What's a scaldie?
Posted: 12-Apr-2010 12:02
Traveller word for someone who isn't a traveller.
Posted: 12-Apr-2010 14:00
Davie Hutchison - if it's the same man - was recorded by Hamish Henderson in 1955 for the School of Scottish Studies. There only seems to be one tape of him in full and he also has another track on a tape from 1954. Features accordion playing, some singing and conversation about Travellers. The records seem to indicate that Davie's mother was a Stewart Traveller.
I'm sure some of this will go online as part of the Kist o Riches/Tobar an Dualchais project. Chris Wright can probably advise further on developments.
Posted: 12-Apr-2010 16:58
The Hutchisons were travellers too.
Posted: 12-Apr-2010 18:16
If indeed it's the same Davie Hutchison then the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches project would really like to contact his son with a view to getting permission to publish the recordings of Davie that the School of Scottish Studies has in its archives. I'd be grateful if you could pass on his son's contact details to me. My e-mail address is my first and last names separated with a full stop then @ed.ac.uk
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