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 …