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I engage with all aspects of traditional arts, with a particular interest in contemporary folk music practice, creativity and performance, Scottish fiddle playing and Scots song. My work primarily relates to ethnomusicology, ethnology, area studies (Scottish studies), artistic research (practice-based research), music composition, performance studies, and education studies.

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Research students

In addition to University of Edinburgh research students, I am also currently supervising:

Emma Tomlinson (2017-2022) The Viola in Scottish Traditional Music: Performance, Composition and Education (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / St Andrews University) Practice-based PhD

Allison Stringer (2018-2023) Alexander Campbell Mackenzie (1847-1935): Scottishness in Classical Composition and Traditional music in Scotland and Annotated Performance Editions of Mackenzie's 'Scottish' Compositions (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland / St Andrews University) Practice-based PhD

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

1 Oct 201330 Jun 2015

Award Date: 30 Jun 2015

Ethnomusicology and Artistic Research, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The New Traditional School in Scotland: Innovation, Beyond-Tune Composition and a Traditional Musician's Creative Practice, University of St Andrews

1 Oct 200627 Jun 2013

Award Date: 27 Jun 2013

Scottish Music, Bachelor of Arts, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

1 Oct 19991 Jul 2003

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

External positions

Doctoral supervisor, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

17 Sept 2018 → …

Examiner - Doctorate in Performance, Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki

1 Mar 2017 → …

Musician / Director, Lori Watson Music / ISLE Music Scotland

1 Oct 1999 → …


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