Edith Margaret Fulton was born on April 30, 1913, one of two daughters of William and Margaret Fulton. The Fultons had emigrated from Northern Ireland to settle in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, a town of 500 located just northwest of Regina, on the Qu'Appelle River. William Fulton worked as an oil distributor and provided a middle-class home for the family. Edith was a very significant collector of Ontario folk songs, but her interest in folk music was national. Edith produced more than thirty books and dozens of articles dealing with Canadian folk songs and folklore. She exposed thousands of people to folk music and story through her radio broadcasts on the CBC and her university lectures. Edith was a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of The Royal Society, and she had honorary doctorates from Brock University, Trent University, York University and the University of Regina. She wrote throughout her life and was still writing at the end. When Edith passed away on March 28, 1996 at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, she had already left an indelible mark on the study and enjoyment of Canadian folk music and folklore.

    Books
  1. Folktales of French Canada
  2. Ring around the moon
  3. Folk songs of Quebec (Chansons de Québec)
  4. More folk songs of Canada
Reference: Allan Kirby, 1998. What Ordinary People Do Is Important: Edith Fowke's Life And Publications. Canadian Journal for Traditional Music


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