Dr Simon McKerrell-Biography

Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in the social impact of music across three research topics: cultural heritage; sectarianism; and multimodal communication, and how these relate to policy. Methodologically this relies upon critical discourse analysis, ethnography, survey data and multimodal analysis.

He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Semiotics, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (Ashgate). He is currently Head of Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and prior to this worked at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.

He is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has toured, taught and performed throughout the world.