My main field of expertise in in traditional ballads - those commonly known as the Child ballads. Those containing executions are my particular speciality, but I am also interested in ballad structure formula, functions and narrative constructs. However, I also have interest in - and academic knowledge of - bothy ballads, and the singing tradition of Scotland - although not Gaelic song. This includes Jacobite song, political song, songs about the trades, and so on. I'm pretty au fait with traditional singers and bands too. And while I enjoy singing the songs, I'm not so sure others might enjoy listening!
I studied ballads academically, as well as Scottish literature. This extended into Scottish social customs and social history. I was the traditional music reviewer for the Edinburgh Evening News for 4 years, and have several publications to my name. I have been a freelance tutor in outreach courses from Edinburgh University on Scottish Culture and Tradition, including lifecycle customs, broadsheet ballads in Scotland, the traditional ballad and history. I am a freelance writer, have been a guest presenter on Ch4 History Hunters programme, and was a contributor to BBC Radio Scotland's 'Songlines' series on 'The Dowie Dens of Yarrow', and have advised BBC Radio Scotland researchers regarding Scottish songs and ballads from the Borders.
Books: Forthcoming: The Gallows and The Stake. Published: Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, vol. 10 'Oral Literature and Performance Culture', chapter on The Traditional and the Border Ballad; The Harris Repertoire (Scottish Text Society, co-editor), The Ballad in History (chapter on Border ballads). Journals include Folklore, The Review of Scottish Culture, Scottish Studies, and The Scottish Literary Journal. Music reviews appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News
Ph D, M. Phil, BA (Hons)
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Dear Ken I don't recall the question you refer to - could it have been another expert? My area of expertise is traditional Scottish music. With regard to copyright, each country has different laws:
Dear Sandy I wold not qualify these songs as 'folk songs' in the purest sense of the word. However, given that they are exactly the type of song to be sung, probably at a gathering of people who are
Dear Marjorie I'm not sure if you have come to the correct person - as you'll see from my biog, my expertise is in traditional Scottish music and song - which does not cover this genre of music.
Hi Pascal For a start, this is definitely not a traditional Scottish song, so forgive the following, if I seem a little unsure. However, I love a challenge! Apologies in advance if anything here duplicates
Hi Caitlin Hmm. First of all, certainly on my side of the pond, there's not much use of the word 'Celtic' - it just isn't specific enough. I am also slightly confused by the "Gaelic would be okay if