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Focus: Scottish Traditional Music

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon McKerrell


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Focus: Scottish Traditional Music engages methods from ethnomusicology, popular music studies, cultural studies, and media studies to explain how complex Scottish identities and culture are constructed in the traditional music and culture of Scotland. This book examines Scottish music through their social and performative contexts, outlining vocal traditions such as lullabies, mining songs, Scottish ballads, herding songs, and protest songs as well as instrumental traditions such as fiddle music, country dances, and informal evening pub sessions. Case studies explore the key ideas in understanding Scotland musically by exploring ethnicity, Britishness, belonging, politics, transmission and performance, positioning the cultural identity of Scotland within the United Kingdom. The companion website will host select audio examples and web links for further research.

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Author(s): McKerrell S

Series Editor(s): Bakan, M

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Focus on World Music Series

Year: 2016

Number of Pages: 192

Print publication date: 19/10/2015

Acceptance date: 16/12/2013

Publisher: Routledge

Place Published: New York & London

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780415741934


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