Personally-Bound Song Collections: Combining Popular Trends with Nostalgia by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland

January 2019, Rory Cellan-Jones from the BBC posed the question ‘is this the end of owning music?’. In his article, he reported CD sales had ‘plummeted by 23%’, largely caused by the rise of streaming services. Even as early as Read More …

Revisiting the Achievements of Song-Collector Alexander Campbell by Karen McAulay(i)

Karen McAulay’s career has combined librarianship with research. A librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has been seconded to several postdoctoral research projects since attaining a PhD in music from the University of Glasgow in 2009. She has published Read More …

‘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 …