Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy

Simon McKerrell (Editor), Gary West (Editor)

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Abstract / Description of output

Scottish traditional music has been through a successful revival in the mid-twentieth century and has now entered a professionalised and public space. Devolution in the UK and the surge of political debate surrounding the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014 led to a greater scrutiny of regional and national identities within the UK, set within the wider context of cultural globalisation. This volume brings together a range of authors that sets out to explore the increasingly plural and complex notions of Scotland, as performed in and through traditional music. Traditional music has played an increasingly prominent role in the public life of Scotland, mirrored in other Anglo-American traditions. This collection principally explores this movement from historically text-bound musical authenticity towards more transient sonic identities that are blurring established musical genres and the meaning of what constitutes ‘traditional’ music today. The volume therefore provides a cohesive set of perspectives on how traditional music performs Scottishness at this crucial moment in the public life of an increasingly (dis)United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages290
ISBN (Electronic)9781315467573
ISBN (Print)9780367884192
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2018

Publication series

NameAshgate Popular and Folk Music Series


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