Now is the time to lobby for a tourist tax for local culture

The passing of the vote in favour of implementing a tourist tax in the City of Edinburgh today marks an important point in the story towards mobilizing tourism revenue to support local culture. https://www.flickr.com/photos/63313542@N05/8477808902/ The Big Fiddle in Sydney, Nova Scotia In our recent report Traditional Music and the Rural Creative Economy in Argyll and Bute, we made a radical suggestion that local, traditional arts could … Continue reading Now is the time to lobby for a tourist tax for local culture

CfP European Seminar in Ethnomusicology

Interesting ESEM meeting this year in Durham here's the CfP XXXV European Seminar in Ethnomusicology 3-7 September 2019 – Durham University, UK “Performing bodies” The XXXV European Seminar in Ethnomusicology will take place from 3 to 7 September 2019 in Durham, United Kingdom, and will be hosted by the University’s Music Department, in the unique … Continue reading CfP European Seminar in Ethnomusicology

New Music Book for 2019!

I am delighted to announce a brand new music collection for 2019. The Woodilee Collection of Traditional Music by Simon McKerrell Is my combined collection of 73 traditional tunes I have composed for bagpipes, Uilleann pipes, banjo, whistle, fiddle accordion and other instruments. The tunes stretch as far back as the 1990s for me personally, … Continue reading New Music Book for 2019!

New Performance ‘Rivers of our Being’ Folk Oratorio, November 1st 2018, Newcastle University

I am delighted to be conducting[!] a new Oratorio for choir and ensemble at Newcastle University this Thursday the 1st November. It has been specially composed as part of a large European research project of which I am a part called CoHere. Please do come along, the concert on the 1st is free and we will … Continue reading New Performance ‘Rivers of our Being’ Folk Oratorio, November 1st 2018, Newcastle University

David McGuinness Research Seminar, 3rd October, 4pm

  I'm delighted to say that Dr David McGuinness from the University of Glasgow will be speaking at the International Centre for Music Studies on Wednesday the 3rd October, at 4pm in the Armstrong Building on:   Bass culture in Scottish fiddle music from 1750   Writers in pop songwriting teams can find themselves categorised … Continue reading David McGuinness Research Seminar, 3rd October, 4pm

Launch of Argyll and Bute Report: Traditional Music and the Creative Economy

After spending much of this year thinking, interviewing and writing about the creative economy for traditional music in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, I am delighted to announce that Dr Jasmine Hornabrook and I have launched our final report. Please do go and read it, there are numerous recommendations based on our fieldwork and survey of … Continue reading Launch of Argyll and Bute Report: Traditional Music and the Creative Economy

Come to launch of new report 2nd October, Ardfern, Argyll

After an exciting year of research on the creative economy in Argyll and Bute, we (Dr Simon McKerrell and Dr Jasmine Hornabrook) will be launching the final report and recommendations at Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern, Argyll and Bute.   For more information, see: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/musicinargyll/  To RSVP, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/report-launch-traditionalmusic-the-rural-creative-economy-in-argyll-tickets-49648715645

One-day Ethnomusicology AND Policy conference, 2015.

British Forum for Ethnomusicology One-day Conference 2015  Final Programme is available here for download ‘Ethnomusicology and Policy’ International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), Newcastle University. Date: Saturday 31st October 2015     Ethnomusicology holds an extended and substantial history of engagement with, and contribution to, public policy. This conference acknowledges that history, and points to … Continue reading One-day Ethnomusicology AND Policy conference, 2015.