If I were a young American academic, I’d be writing frantically in my efforts to secure tenure. But I’m neither young nor American, and I identify both as a librarian and an academic: I sit on the fence between music librarianship and musicology.
Despite all this, I feel it’s good for my academic profile to get as much published as possible, so with that in mind, and the fact that only 40% of my work-life is spent on research, here’s my 2015 retrospective. To put it in context, October saw the end of my Bass Culture postdoc secondment, so I was busy finishing off that, and writing/speaking was often centred on the project and its resultant website. Public engagement seems to be a regularly recurring theme, which pleases me. There’s no point in doing research if it stays locked up in an ivory tower.
- ‘Wynds, Vennels and Dual Carriageways: the Changing Nature of Scottish Music’, chapter in forthcoming book edited by Gary West and Simon McKerrell, Understanding Scotland Musically (pending)
- Scottish Musical Review (pending) ‘Scottish Airs in London Dress: Vocal Airs and Dance Tunes in Two 18th Century London Collections’
- Box & Fiddle Magazine 39.1 (Sept 2015), 7, ‘Bass Culture in Scottish Musical Traditions’
- Post-Lib (CILIP Retired Members Guild) no.76 (1 June 2015), 3-4, ‘From Where I Sit’
- Reference Reviews (pending), ‘Show me a Strathspey: Taking Steps to Digitize Tune Collections’ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/rr
- Fontes Artis Musicae Vol.62.1 (2015), 17-25, ‘Following the Bass: a New Digitisation Project for Scottish Fiddle Tune Resources’
- Library Review Vol.64, Iss.1/2, (2015), 154-161, ‘Sexy Bibliography (and Revealing Paratext)’ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/LR-09-2014-0104
- Reference Reviews, Vol.29 no.3 (2015) 41, Review of Nardolillo, Jo, illustrated by T. M. Larsen and edited by David Daniels, All Things Strings: an Illustrated Dictionary (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)
- Reference Reviews, Vol. 29 no.1 (2015) 47-49, Review of Collins, Irma H., Dictionary of Music Education (Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2013), DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/RR-07-2014-0186
- Times Higher Education. What are you reading? 9 contributions to this column since 2012.
PAPERS AND TALKS
- Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh, ‘Fiddle books by the dozen’ (Nov 2015)
- Edinburgh Central Library, ‘An Entertainment Altogether New: a celebration of Edinburgh’s First Musical Festival’ [Bicentenary of the first Edinburgh Musical Festival held between 30th October and 05th November 1815] (Oct 2015)
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Exchange Talk: ‘Common Threads: From Sacred to Secular, Ancient to (nearly) Modern’ (Oct 2015)
- Dundee Central Library, Speaker at Friends of Wighton series of Cappuccino Concerts: ‘The Importance of the Wighton and Jimmy Shand Collections’ (Sept 2015)
- University of Glasgow, Speaker at Robert Burns Song Project Symposium (September 2015)