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Postgraduate Course: Folk Music Revivals (SCET11026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThrough a series of case studies, this course examines the theory and practice of folk music revivals in Scotland in their international context.
Course description 1. Introduction: revival, re-creation and re-invention.
2. The history of revivalism in Scotland
3. The Celtic Twilight? Scotland and Ireland in the late 19th century
4. Kennedy-Fraser and Cultural Export
5. Politics and Protest: the American Experience
6. Hamish Henderson and 'Gramsci in Action'
7. Revival takes Root: Scotland, 1951
8. From drawing room to session room: the harp and clarsach
9. Lowland piping and the dynamics of revival in action
10. The Traditional Arts and Cultural Policy
11. Reflections in the Carrying Stream
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The ability to engage critically with theories of cultural revivalism
  2. A sound empirical knowledge of the history and development of musical revivals in Scotland and relevant international comparisons
  3. Experience in conducting fieldwork interviews and subsequent transcription and editing processes
  4. An appreciation of recent and current cultural policy relating to the traditional arts in Scotland
Reading List
Many of the key resources for this course are online. The following electronic resources will be central 'texts'

Commercial LP and CD Collection
The Scottish Studies Library and School of Scottish Studies Archives hold extensive collections of commercial releases dating from the 1950s to the present day which serve as an excellent resource for this course

Key electronic journals:



Folk Music Journal

Journal of American Folklore

Journal of Folklore Research

International Journal of Intangible Heritage

Key Texts
Beech, J et al (eds) Oral Literature and Performance Culture. Scottish Life and Society series, Vol 10, Tuckewell Press, 2007.

Ben-Amos, D. ┐The seven strands of tradition: varieties in its meaning in American Folklore Studies┐ Journal of Folklore Research 21 1984, 91-131.

Dickson, J. (ed) The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition, Ashgate, 2009.

Dickson, J. When Piping Was Strong: Tradition, Change and the Bagpipe in South Uist, Edinburgh, 2006.

Finlay, A.(ed) The Armstrong Nose: Selected Letters of Hamish Henderson, Edinburgh, 1996.

Geertz, C. The Interpretation of Cultures, New York, 2000.

Goertzen, C. Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity, Chicago, 1997.

Henderson, H. Alias MacAlias: Writings on Songs, Folk and Literature, Edinburgh, 1992.

Livingstone, T. ┐Music Revivals ' toward a general theory', Ethnomusicology 43/1 1999, 66-85.

Munro, A and MacLeod, M. The Democratic Muse: Folk Music Revival in Scotland, Edinburgh, 1996.

Neat, T. Hamish Henderson: a Biography, Two Volumes, Edinburgh, Polygon, 2007-09.

Rosenberg, N. Transforming Tradition: Folk Music Revivals Examined, Chicago, 1993.

West, G. 'Lands and lyrics: the dynamics of music and song in rural society' Review of Scottish Culture 15, 2003, 57-66.

West, G. Voicing Scotland: Folk, Culture, Nation, Luath Press, Edinburgh, 2012.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Gary West
Tel: (0131 6)50 4151
Course secretaryMr Alan Binnie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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