‘With Such Great Variety and True Musical Merit’: The Dissemination of Scottish National Song Culture in Civil War America by Catherine Bateson

Dr Catherine Bateson graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where her AHRC/SGSAH-supported History PhD focused on the culture and sentiments of Irish American Civil War songs and music. She studies the way in which Irish singing culture influenced American musical Read More …

John Malchair’s categories of music: Welsh, Irish, Scotch by Alice Little

Alice Little recently completed her DPhil in Music at Oxford University, focusing on music collecting in eighteenth-century England, and particularly the collection of John Malchair (1730-1812). She is now Research Associate at the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments and a Read More …

What makes a song ‘national’? William Shield and Thomas Holcroft’s “Down the bourn and thro’ the mead”, alias “Johnny and Mary: A favourite Scots song” by Amélie Addison

Amélie Addison is a PhD candidate at the University of Leeds researching the life and music of Tyneside-born theatre composer William Shield (1748-1829) Her thesis argues that Shield’s familiarity with Northumbrian and Scots airs during his childhood and early career Read More …

“Erin go Bragh”: migration, nationalism and resistance in a nineteenth-century street song, by I. J. Corfe

I. J. Corfe is based at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she is currently working on a project titled “‘Sing England for Ever! And Erin-go-Bragh!’: Irishness in the Nineteenth-Century English Broadside Ballad” which analyses representations of Ireland in Read More …