• Librarianship, Research Support & General Interest

Information Professional, 2018, Nov/Dec, p. 50-51, ‘Coffee and Collaboration’

Sconul Focus, No.69 (Jul 2017), 56-59, ‘Blending librarianship with research and pedagogy’

Reference Reviews, Vol.31 no.6 (2017) review of Snodgrass, Mary Ellen, The Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance

Reference Reviews, Vol. 31 no. 3 (2017), p.26, Review of, The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation / Stewart Pollens,

Reference Reviews, Vol.30 no.8 (2016), p.32, Review of, The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia / ed. Roberta Montemorra Marvin,

Reference Reviews, Vol.30 no.5 (2016), 40-41, Review of Horns and Trumpets of the World: an Illustrated Guide / Jeremy Montagu

Reference Reviews, Vol.30 no.4 (2016), 38-42, Review of Ballet Music: a Handbook / Naughtin (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

The Reel, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society London magazine, no.25 (Feb-May 2016), 15, ‘Making available the Historical Music of Scotland’

Box & Fiddle Magazine 39.6 (Feb 2016), 16, ‘Historical Music of Scotland website’

Library Review Vol.64, Iss.1/2, (2015), pp.154-161, ‘Sexy Bibliography (and Revealing Paratext)’

Link (Association of Commonwealth Universities) Issue 18, October 2013, 2-3, ‘A Special Kind of Friend: Scholar Librarians and Research Support’

Sunrise (CILIP East of England & CDG) 2012 issue 1, 2-3, ‘Social Media in Libraries: Me and My Cyber Presence’ <;

Times Higher Education. What are you reading? Regular contributor to this column since 2012.

Library Review 61.6 (2012), 470, Review of Peter Willis, Chopin in Manchester (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Elysium Press Publishers, 2011)

IAML(UK & Irl) Newsletter 61 (August 2011), 3-4, ‘Supporting research – Researching support’, talk to IAML (UK & Irl) Academic Music Librarians, May 2011]

Library Review 54.8 (2005), 486–491, Studying with special needs: some personal narratives

Brio 41.1 (2004), 46-48, Whittaker Live, a lively blog.

The Scots Magazine 157.5 (2002), p.530, A Notable Discovery [article on James Simpson’s 19th century flute mss]

Box & Fiddle Magazine 27.2 (2002), 34-35, Forgotten treasures: Scottish flute manuscripts at RSAMD

Personnel Training and Education 8.3 (1991), 56-63: But how do I tell them? [User education]

Personnel Training and Education 8.1 (1991), 8-13: Hosting a library school placement: the pleasures and pitfalls (Commended in Personnel Training and Education Essay Competition)

Brio 26.2 (1989), 73-80: A user survey at the RSAMD

Brio book reviews, 1989-1992 (also Reviews Editor)

  •  Musicology

Sage Encyclopedia of Music and Culture (2019), 4 articles on “Borders”, “Librarianship”, “Wales: History, culture and geography of music” and “Wales: modern and contemporary musical practice”

Scottish Music Review (pending) ‘Scottish Airs in London Dress: Vocal Airs and Dance Tunes in Two 18th Century London Collections’

McAulay, K. & Robertson-Kirkland, B. E., ””My Love to War is Going”: Women and Song in the Napoleonic Era’, Trafalgar Chronicle (2013) New Series 3p. 202 212 

Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (2018), ed. S. McKerrell, G. West, ‘The Changing Nature of Scottish Music: Wynds, Vennels and Dual Carriageways’, 230-239,

Echoes from the Vault, Claimed from Stationers’ Hall: St Andrews Copyright Music Collection.   Blogpost, 18 Aug 2016.

Reference Reviews, Vol. 30 no.7 (2016), pp.1–6, ‘Show me a Strathspey: Taking Steps to Digitize Tune Collections’

Brio Vol.53 no.1 (2016), pp.35-46The First Edinburgh Musical Festival’ 

Fontes Artis Musicae Vol.62.1 (2015), 17-25, ‘Following the Bass: a New Digitisation Project for Scottish Fiddle Tune Resources

“Arranging.” Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Ed. William Forde Thompson. Vol.1 (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014, 83-87. Sage Knowledge. Web.

“Bards.” Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Ed. William Forde Thompson. Vol.2 (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2014, 123-26. Sage Knowledge. Web.

Scottish Music Review, November 2013, ‘An Unwritten Enlightenment Scottish Musical History, and Two Reconstructed Edinburgh Bookshelves’, <; Abstract:- <;

Journal of Victorian Culture Online, 29 August 2013, ‘Teaching Cultural History through National Song’, <;

International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, 44 (2013) no.1, 57-78, ‘The Accomplished Ladies of Torloisk’

Musical Times 154 no.1923 (Summer 2013), 191-206, ‘Appropriate Melodies and Natural Modes: two Victorian Scottish Songbooks’

CHOMBEC News 14 (2013), 10-11, ‘Scottish songs – and fiddle tunes’

Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era: Ashgate book, March 2013.

Journal of Victorian Culture Online October 30, 2012, ‘Just another old book of Scottish Tunes?’

Brio 49 no.1 (2012), 49-60, ‘Crowdsourcing the Celtic Bard: Wandering Minstrels and Mournful Harps from the Western Isles to Wales’

Eighteenth Century Scotland 26 (Spring 2012), 30, Review of Blind Ossian’s Fingal: Fragments and Controversy, compiled and translated by James Macpherson, ed. and introduced by Allan Burnett and Linda Andersson Burnett (Edinburgh: Luath, 2011)

Fontes Vol.59 no.1 (2012), 25-38, ‘Minstrels of the Celtic Nations: Metaphors in Early Nineteenth-Century Celtic Song Collections’, based on ‘Minstrels and Metaphors: the hidden messages in early 19th Century Celtic song collections’ presented at IAML 2011, Dublin.

Fontes Vol.59 no.1 (2012), 67-69, Review of The Music Trade in Georgian England, ed. Michael Kassler (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011)

Eighteenth Century Scotland 25 (Spring 2011), 20-21, Review of Erik Simpson, Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Library and Information History 26.4 (December 2010), 278-288, ‘From “Anti-Scot”, to “anti-Scottish sentiment”: cultural nationalism and Scottish song in the late 18th – 19th Centuries’. Peer-reviewed.

Eighteenth Century Scotland 24 (Spring 2010), 7-12, Antiquarianism versus creativity in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scottish song

Brio 46.2 (2009), 3-24, Scottish song-collecting c.1760-1848: muddy boots and music books

Musica Scotica Proceedings from 2005/2006 Conferences, 43-49, ‘William Chappell and Scottish Popular Music’ (Glasgow: Musical Scotica Trust, 2008)

Wire Strings, April 2008, 4-9, Alexander Campbell

RMA Research Chronicle 38 (2005), p. 99-141, Nineteenth Century Dundonian Flute Manuscripts found at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Brio 40.1, (2003), 27-37, From Dalfield Walk, Dundee to Renfrew Street Glasgow: the James Simpson manuscripts (cited on RILM Bibliolore blog, 11.09.2011)

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Musicologist and Pedagogue trapped in a librarian's body. I'm qualified in music, librarianship and education. I began this blog when I was studying for my PGCert in Learning & Teaching in Higher Arts Education, and I'm now using it for CPD. I'm a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Midweek I am continuing the research I commenced as PI for an AHRC-funded research network @ClaimedStatHall – early legal deposit music. Off-duty I'm hard-wired into my sewing machine!

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