I recently spoke to piper and academic Simon McKerrell about Scottish traditional music. He is undertaking research entitled Understanding Scotland Musically. He is a Lecturer in Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University where this fellowship is based: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/music/. His questions are:
- How is contemporary traditional music used in the construction of identities in contemporary Scotland?
- How are these identities constructed as discourse around music, and music-as-discourse?
- What are the implications of changing Scottish musical identities for national and regional music policies within a changing political context?
So we met up in Costa and made this video below. You can watch other videos on the subject at Simon’s website http://www.musicalmeaning.com/ (There’s a free download of my Big Day In CD to anybody who can work out which Costa this is…)