Arthur Argo (1935–1981) One of the foremost authorities on Scottish traditional folk music and folk culture. The great grandson of Gavin Greig
Poet, Playwright, Teacher and Scotland's most important folk song collector, Argo came from a family with a long and rich traditional song heritage. Argo worked alongside Hamish Henderson collecting field recordings from the North East of Scotland and beyond. Argo, a singer in his own right, was a tireless (unpaid) promoter of the work of Scottish folk artists and their music. After working as a journalist in the North East, from 1966 he worked for BBC Scotland, from 1973 as a producer with Radio Scotland. He produced the long-running radio series 'Fit Like Folk?', and 'The Reel Blend', a Scottish music series. He was the founder and president of the Aberdeen Folksong Club and published a series of influential folk song booklets in the 1960s called 'Chapbook'. Many successful musicians such as Aly Bain,Barbara Dickson, Jean Redpath and Billy Connolly cite Argo as a major influence and stepping stone in their early careers. Argo toured the States twice in the early 1960s singing folk songs and meeting many of the established and rising stars of the American folk scene including Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.