Biography

Dr Simon McKerrell is a Reader in Music and Society at Newcastle University and has previously worked at the Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is interested in the social impact of music. His current research focuses upon music in the creative economy in rural areas, and he has published widely on the understanding and agency of music in multimedia discourses and in policy. He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Media, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (Routledge).

In addition to this, he is a world-renowned performer of Scottish Highland and Irish Uilleann pipes. He has recorded 12 albums and toured throughout the world. Some of his music can be heard here. If you would like to get in touch with Simon, please contact him here.