TITLE: Margaret MacArthur
SPEAKER: Margaret MacArthur
EVENT DATE: 2005/06/21
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 63 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
Margaret MacArthur performs ballads and songs from Vermont, another in the Homegrown 2005 Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Speaker Biography: Since settling in Vermont in 1948, Margaret MacArthur has traveled through the state and throughout northern New England, recording old songs that have been passed down through generations and giving them new life through her own performances. MacArthur is a marvelous singer and a serious scholar and collector of the traditional songs of New England. She has been honored by both the state of Vermont and the New England Council on the Arts for her role in preserving the traditional arts of the region. Of a previous MacArthur appearance, Mike Joyce of the Washington Post said: "She's a champion of simpler times and rural places as well as a collector of heartfelt poems and curious tales...but whatever their source or subject matter, MacArthur imbued them with warmth. MacArthur passed away May 23, 2006, at her home after a short illness.