Marjory Kennedy Fraser was brought up on Scottish folk songs. As a child she accompanied her father on his tours at home and abroad, playing the piano while he sang. Sharing an deep interest in the Celtic Revival, she became a close friend of the artist, John Duncan. He persuaded her to visit Eriskay in 1905 where she began to record, and then publish, the disappearing Gaelic songs and music of the Hebrides. Duncan has painted his friend against the landscape of Eriskay, her shawl blowing gently in the wind.