Margarethe Adams is an ethnomusicologist and an assistant professor Stony Brook University specializing in music, political ideology, and belief in Central Asia. She has conducted ethnographic research in Kazakhstan, northwest China, and Mongolia, and has published in Collaborative Anthropologies and The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. Her first monograph, Steppe Dreams: Temporality in Postsocialist Celebrations in Kazakhstan (in progress) investigates temporality and politics in postsocialist popular culture. A second project, a study of music and belief in Central Asia, focuses on postsecular forms of religion and spirituality, including Muslim pilgrimage, religious healing, and Korean evangelical practices in Kazakhstan.
Stony Brook University
Roy is currently an associate professor in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University, the first university to offer a bachelors degree in traditional American music. He is a fiddler and banjo player who has focused his career on Southern old-time music, and most recently is responsible for the growth of old-time music at ETSU. His years of fieldwork have led to the release of several recordings, including the Doc Watson Family box set, Milestones (released 2013), of which he is the producer.
East Tennessee State University
Patricia H Ballantyne
Pat Ballantyne is an Honorary Research Associate at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Her PhD thesis, Reaction and Regulation (2016) examines the development of Scottish traditional dance in Aberdeenshire. Her research interests include the history of Scottish social and solo dancing and its dance music as well as its present-day practice. She has been dancing, teaching and playing in a cèilidh band for a number of years.
University of Aberdeen
University of Oxford
Alice Barron is a violinist and collaborator based in London, performing throughout Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. Specialising in contemporary and world music, Alice performs with Nigel Kennedy’s Orchestra of Life, London Sinfonietta, Sam Lee and her band, iyatraQuartet, who released a 5-star debut album in 2015. Her explorations studying Karnatic violin playing with the Mysore Brothers in India have been generously supported by SEMPRE and Somerville College and are part of a practice-led DPhil at the University of Oxford. Alice previously studied the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a distinction for her Masters in performance and research.
Paul Burgess is a veritable repository of English tunes and author of many more that have almost passed into tradition. He plays with a unique attack and feel that comes from countless energetic dances at which he has performed. Paul Burgess comes from a family of dance-band musicians stretching back at least four generations. As well as the fiddle, Paul plays the recorder and sings and has performed at venues from Adlestrop to Zanzibar with everyone from the CBSO to Laurie Lee. He is currently a member of the Old Swan Band (40 years plus and still going strong) as well as playing with Johnny Coppin and others. He was a founder member of the Mellstock Band, John Kirkpatrick Band, Edward II & the Red-Hot Polkas and The English Country Dance Band and has provided music for radio, TV and film. In addition to performing, Paul is well respected as a researcher into English traditional music and song, giving lectures and workshops on the results of his research, including at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention.
Conor Caldwell is a teaching assistant at Queen’s University, Belfast, where he has previously held the post of Research Fellow in Irish Song. He was awarded his doctorate in 2013, under the supervision of Dr Martin Dowling, witha thesis on the music of the Donegal fiddler John Doherty. He is a noted performer and teacher of traditional Irish music, touring with the band Craobh Rua since 2009. His most recent outputs have included the collaborative film project,
Queens University, Belfast
The Long Road to Glenties, detailing Pete Seeger’s 1964 visit to Ireland, and a database of more than 250 songs compiled as part of The Irish Song Project (irishsongproject.qub.ac.uk).
Matt Cranitch is renowned as a fiddle-player and teacher at home in Ireland and abroad. He has performed extensively at concerts and festivals, on radio and television, and has presented many lectures, master-classes and workshops. Author of The Irish Fiddle Book, he has also contributed to other books on Irish traditional music. He has made various albums, the most recent being Rolling On with Jackie Daly. He is an authority on the music of Sliabh Luachra in the south-west of Ireland, and received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle- playing tradition of this region.
Jean Duval completed in 2012 a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from University of Montreal under the supervision of Monique Desroches and Nathalie Fernando. His doctoral research addressed the issues of crooked tunes playing in the Québécois tradition. Jean has also been an active traditional musician (on flute and fiddle) and composer in Québec for the last forty years.
Dr Stuart Eydmann
University of Edinburgh
Dr Stuart Eydmann is a researcher and writer on musical traditions and is a long-standing member of the Scottish music group The Whistlebinkies. He has taught historical studies at the Open University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and then Traditional Artist in Residence at the department of Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, where he undertook commissioned research on Ulster Scots Musical Traditions. He was a member of the Scottish Culture Minister’s Working Group on the Traditional Arts that reported in 2010 and is currently a Tutor at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. His recent work includes a history of the clarsach in modern Scotland, a biography of Gaelic singer Dolina MacLennan and studies of various aspects of traditional instrumental music revivals in Scotland.
Carolyn has played fiddle for over 40 years, having started with school violin lessons age 9. In her early fiddling years she at times immersed herself in both Irish and the American Old-timey traditions; however since the mid 1990s she has mainly explored material from English northern manuscripts, in particular from Cumbria, where she resides and makes a living from performing and teaching. She has been member of roots / ceilidh band Striding Edge since 1997; She is the founder of the Lakeland Fiddlers; and Creator of “Folk First” an Educational charity; and has worked extensively with the fiddle in the theatre and on the streets!
Alfonso Franco has a professional degree in the violin from the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he also completed doctoral studies in Traditional Galician Music in 2003. He is the teacher of fiddle in the Traditional Music Conservatory of Vigo ETRAD and is responsible for the string section of the Galician ́s Folk Orchestra Sondeseu. He has given many workshops and has performed in Europe, Canada, Scotland, México, China and Alasdair ́s Sierra Fiddle Camp in California. He´s right now working on the creation of the center of Galician fiddle in Vigo and several recordings of young galician´s fiddlers. He is also involve in a project of a tutorial of galician fiddling called fiddlequest. He leads “Galicia Fiddle” cultural association and is the director of “San Simón Fiddle Camp”.
Traditional Music Conservatory of Vigo
Merlin Academy of Traditional Music
Iain Fraser is a Performer and Teacher. He’s fascinated by the fiddle’s rhythmic and emotional capabilities and draws upon the extensive repertoire of traditional music ranging from 18th Century Scottish tunes to new self-penned compositions and from the multiple regional music styles of the British Isles to those of North America and Europe. His teaching includes group workshops, helping people young and old pursue their musical dreams as well as making music a fun social experience available to all. Between 1990-1995 he took on and developed the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop from a small group meeting in his house to a broad range of classes operating in central Glasgow. He’s been actively involved and supportive of the Feisean movement for almost 30 years. He was principal fiddle teacher in the Scottish Music Department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland between 1995-2005 before being appointed Head of Instrumental Music for the Scottish Borders Education Authority until 2011. He is now Music Director at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music based in Melrose & North Berwick. He released “Touchwood” in 2002, he wrote ‘Scottish Fiddle Tunes – 60 Traditional Pieces for Violin” for the Schott World Music Series in 2006 and more recently “Canadian Fiddle Tunes – 60 Traditional Pieces” by the same publisher. He won the Chorus Community "Passing it on - Educator's" award in June 2017
University of Aberdeen
Ronnie Gibson researches the history of Scottish fiddle music, and is author of the blogsite, ScottishFiddleMusic.com.
Chris Goertzen teaches music history and world music at the University of Southern Mississippi. He co-edited the Europe volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2000). His books include Fiddling for Norway: Revival and Identity (1997), Southern Fiddlers and Fiddle Contests (2008), Alice Person: Good Medicine and Good Music (with principal author David Hursh, 2009), Made in Mexico: Tradition, Tourism, and Political Ferment in Oaxaca (2010), and George P. Knauff’s Virginia Reels and the History of American Fiddling, University Press of Mississippi (2017). His current main project is a study of antebellum American fiddling (half prose, half tune anthology).
University of Southern Mississippi
Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. Born in Northern California, Brittany grew up honing her craft at string camps nationwide, and developed her unique style of fiddling at the influence of her mentors, Bruce Molsky and Darol Anger.Now residing in Nashville, TN, Brittany is currently involved in many exciting projects. In addition to her work as a performer, Haas is an instructor at various string and fiddle camps across the globe, sharing her knowledge and passion in hopes to inspire the next generation of fiddle players.
Gregory Hansen is Professor of Folklore and English at Arkansas State University. Hansen specializes in the folklife of America's southern states and teaches courses in folklore, anthropology, and Heritage Studies. He has also completed public folklore projects for a range of organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, Danish Immigrant Museum, Florida Folklife Program, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Hansen has also produced documentary videos on oral history and folklife, and he has assisted with the production of audio recordings of traditional music. He is the author of Florida Fiddler: The Life and Times of Richard Seaman.
Arkansas State University
Dr Hemal Jayasuriya obtained a doctorate from the University of Cambridge (Biophysics) and is a Life Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Dundee. He also has Masters degrees in Computer Science (Heriot-Watt University) and Systems in Management (Lancaster University). He is a singer (eastern and western) and plays the piano accordion and thampura. His recent activities include interviewing for ethnographic films, playing the bongo and conga drums at performances of Sri Lankan popular musical forms – baila and kaffrinha. He is a member of the London University Poetry Workshop and is a published poet.
Ethnomusicologist, geographer and performer Dr Daithí Kearney is a lecturer in Music and co- director of the Creative Arts Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology. His research is primarily focused on Irish traditional music but extends to include performance studies, community music and music education. Daithí has toured regularly as a musician, singer and dancer. In 2017 he released an album of new compositions with Dr Adèle Commins entitled A Louth Lilt. A graduate of University College Cork, publications include contributions to the Companion to Irish Traditional Music (ed. Vallely, 2012) and New Crops, Old Fields (ed. Caldwell and Byers, 2016).
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Gaila Kirdienė is an Associate Professor and senior researcher at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius. She holds a Master’s degree in the Violin (1990) and Ethnomusicology (1992) from the Lithuanian Academy of Music, and a PhD in Ethnology from Vytautas Magnus University (1998). Her research emphasizes Lithuanian traditional fiddling by emigrants in the USA and Soviet deportees in Siberia. She is the author of Fiddle and Fiddling in Lithuanian Ethnic Culture (2000), Traditional Wedding Music of Eastern Aukštaičiai (2009), Anthology of Lithuanian Folk Fiddle Music (2015), other collections and co-author of Lithuanians and Music in Siberia (2013).
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre
Sophie Lavoie is currently researching fiddle style of her native region Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean at University of Montreal, where she completed studies in classical music with a Bachelors degree in piano in 2004. She is also fiddle player, singer and composer. In 2008, she began playing with Irish piper Fiachra O’Regan as the duo Sophie & Fiachra. The duo recorded three albums: Sophie & Fiachra (2010), Rewind (2014) and Un Canadien errant (2016). The latter album was nominated as Album Traditional of The Year at both ADISQ (Québec “Grammys”) and Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA), and Sophie was nominated as Traditional Singer of the Year at CFMA for this album.
University of Montreal
"Her tune compositions are lithe and masterful, and her choice of songs is enough to captivate the most casual listener." The Irish Times
"One of the rising stars of Québécois music " fRoots magazine
York University, Toronto
Originally from Manitoba, Canada Anne Lederman is a musician, composer and researcher, known especially for her work with Indigenous fiddle traditions. In 1986, she produced a 4-album archival set (now a double CD), Old Native and Métis Fiddling in Manitoba. She has written numerous articles for such publications as The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The Garland Encyclopeidia of World Music, Fiddle and Dance Studies From Around the North Atlantic 3 and 4, among many others, and a teaching series: Tamarack’er Down: A Guide to Celtic-Canadian Fiddling Through Rhythm. She is currently on the Faculty of York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Catriona Macdonald is a proud bearer of one of the world's great fiddle traditions, that of the Shetland Isles. A pupil of the late Dr Tom Anderson, Catriona at once embodies the strength and spirit of her heritage with the freshness and diversity of a thoroughly modern performer.
Her superb playing and great charisma have established her a worldwide reputation as both a solo artist, and as a member of Scottish fiddle band Blazin' Fiddles, and International string group String Sisters, who have recently released their second album 'Between Wind and Water'.
She is currently Senior Lecturer and Degree Programme Director for the BA in Folk and Traditional Music course based at Newcastle University, and is currently preparing for publication 'Springs: A Shetland Traditional Tune Anthology'.
Tim Macdonald is an independent scholar and freelance Scottish fiddler. He was the 2015-16 Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library (Chicago) for a project on 18th-century Scottish fiddle performance practice, and he presented a paper on fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh at the 2017 Musica Scotica conference. He has repeatedly guest-lectured on music at Wheaton College (Illinois) and The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music (Plockton, Scotland) and given lecture-concerts at various sites. As a performer, he won the US National Scottish Fiddling Championship, has been heard on several radio stations, and maintains an active touring schedule.
Jane directs the Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program at East Tennessee State University and leads the ETSU study abroad courses in Scotland and Ireland. An accomplished player of Scottish fiddle and classical violin, Jane teaches individual instruction in Celtic fiddling, directs Celtic band classes, and teaches music theory and Scottish studies courses. She is a popular teacher at workshops across the U.S. and has performed extensively in the U.S. and Scotland.
East Tennessee State University
Swedish born traditional dancer, choreographer, and researcher Mats Melin has worked professionally with dance in Scotland since 1995 and in Ireland since 2005. He has been engaged in freelance work nationally and internationally as well as having been Traditional Dancer in Residence for four Scottish Local Authorities. Mats co-started the dynamic Scottish performance group ‘Dannsa’ in 1999. He is a former member of the Scottish Arts Council's Dance Committee and Scottish Government Working Group on Traditional Arts, and currently is an office bearer for Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland. Mats is a Lecturer in Dance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Ireland. He authored “One with the Music: Cape Breton step dancing tradition and transmission” published by CBUP in 2015.
University of Limerick
Bachelor of music (Hons) at Udesc 1998, also studied violin improvisation in jazz/ Brazilian popular music at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is a PhD candidate at King’s College London (SPLAS) carrying out research on fiddle traditions in north Mozambique, Cape Verde, and Brazil. As a musician, spent over a decade performing and recording mostly with African musicians in Lisbon (2000-2011). In 2015, released in UK the album Vampyroteuthis Infernalis Luiz Moretto Quintet, which brings a blend of the Brazilian rabeca tradition, jazz and improvised music.
King’s College London
Mats Nilsson is Associate Professor in Ethnology at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, but is also a social dancer and dance teacher since about 50 years. Main interests are folk-, popular and social dancing in general, but with a focus on Scandinavia. Recent publications in English are
University of Gothenburg
The Swedish Polska (2017), E-book online. Stockholm: Svenskt visarkiv. http://musikverket.se/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Polska_FINAL2.pdf
“Waltzing with Strindberg” in Nordic Journal of Dance: Practice, Education and Research (2017).
“Folk Dance Competitions in the 21th Century”, (2014) in Vedel & Hoppu (eds.) Nordic Dance Spaces. Practicing and Imaging a Region. Farnham: Ashgate.
“Dancing names – a neverending story” (2014) in Fiskvik & Stranden (eds.) (Re)Seraching the Field. Festschrift in Honour of Egil Bakka. Bergen: Fagbokforlaget.
“Participatory dancing – the Polska Case” (2011) in Vedel, Karen (ed.) Dance and the Formation of Norden. Emergences and Struggles. Trondheim: Tapir Academi Press.
Emma Nixon holds a Master of Music in Folk and Traditional Music from Newcastle University(UK). She has published and presented both nationally and internationally on aspects of Scottish fiddle music in Australia. She is currently undertaking a PhD researching Scottish fiddle music in Australia.
In 2012, Emma jointly held the National Library of Australia’s National Folk Fellowship. She teaches music and strings in schools across Brisbane and is the founding director of the Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club. She jointly established and directs Folkaphonic (national Youth Folk Orchestra). She has won three Golden Fiddle Awards as both teacher and player and is in demand as a performer and workshop director.
Anna Olafsson is a British/Icelandic interdisciplinary artist, living and working in Perthshire. Her research focus since 2014 has been the relationship between music, movement, drawing and traditions in place. The relationship between the performance and the score, and getting to the roots of a tradition is central to her work. From Sketch to Score (2016), took semi-abstracted drawings from the Perthshire landscape as a starting point for a series of improvisations on shruti box and fiddle. Upcoming projects include a live performance of Icelandic and Scots folksongs sung in the round, with an oversized book/costume based on a Danish priest's collar. In July 2018 she will embark on a series of prints inspired by the visuals of the performances and costumes she creates during a residency with the electro-etching artist Alfonso Crujera of Gran Canaria.
Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute
Evelyn Osborne is an ethnomusicologist and Suzuki violin teacher. Her primary research centres on the traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), Canada and how it interacts with musics around the North Atlantic. More recently she has become involved with community oral history projects which seek to preserve and document the rapidly changing nature of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. Originally from NL, she relocated to Hong Kong in 2015 to take up the position of founding Executive Director at the Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute.Osborne completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013.
Rosa Pamillo was born and raised in Costa Rica and has been living in Spain since 2004. She holds a degree in violin and musicology, and she is a second-year Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at Aveiro University (Portugal). Also, she currently works as a violin and music theory teacher in Galicia (Spain) and as Artistic Director of the course Tropical Fiddle in Costa Rica. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the process of revival that the fiddle has gone through in Galicia, and about the ‘transnational’ work of ‘transmission and dissemination’ of the tradition of the Galician fiddle that Galicia Fiddle Association has carried out.
University of Limerick
Colin Quigley is a traditional fiddler, 5-string banjo player, and dancer who started his musical life in the Old-Time Music scene of the 1970s and has been exploring further afield ever since. He is now Course Director for Ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick, Ireland, and Emeritus Professor at University of California Los Angeles. He held a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in Romania during 1997–98 and was Curator for the 1999 Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival Romania Programme. Since 2015 he has been collaborating with colleagues in Hungary as well investigating the topic of musical ethnicity in the Transylvanian Plain region. His publications include “The Hungarian Dance House Movement and Revival of Transylvanian String Band Music,” (2014) and “Confronting Legacies of Ethnic-National Discourse in Scholarship and Practice: Traditional Music and Dance in Central Transylvania” (2016).
Iain Richardson obtained his PhD from the Robert Gordon University in 1999 and became a Full Professor in 2008. He leads Aberdeen-based technology company Vcodex Ltd and has written four widely-cited books on Digital Video Technology. A keen piper and dancer, he has a particular interest in the application of audio-visual technology to dance and music research.
Robert Gordon University
Laura Risk received the PhD in Musicology from McGill University in 2017, earning the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate in Social Sciences and Humanities. She has published articles in Ethnomusicology and MUSICultures, and is a co-author of The Glengarry Collection: The Highland Fiddle Music of Aonghas Grant. She also co-produced the CD Douglastown: Music and Song from the Gaspé Coast, for which she received the 2014 Prix Mnémo. Her research focuses primarily on the traditional music of Quebec. This paper, however, presents her ongoing research into the life and music of jazz violinist Ginger Smock.
Emeritus Professor Ian Russell is the former Director of the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen (1999-2014). This institute specialises in the ethnology and folklore of the North and North East of Scotland. His current research is focused on the traditional culture of NE Scotland, including singing traditions, instrumental traditions, and festivalisation. Since 1969 he has conducted extensive fieldwork into singing traditions in the English Pennines, especially Christmas carolling – and has published The Sheffield Book of Village Carols (2011) and The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols (2012). He is the founder and Director of the Festival of Village Carols, and the President of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, which has held meetings in St. John’s in Newfoundland, Derry/Donegal in Ireland, Cape Breton Island, and Aberdeen. His most recent publication, co-edited with Catherine Ingram, is Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology (Aberdeen University Press, 2013). He is Principal Investigator in the AHRC/NAFCo Networking Project ‘Memory, Music and Movement’.
University of Aberdeen
Derek Schofield is currently researching the history of the English Folk Dance Revival for a PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. He is a former editor of English Dance and Song magazine, and has written two books on the histories of the Sidmouth and Towersey folk festivals. He has also written substantial biographies of morris musician William Kimber and Shropshire traditional singer Fred Jordan for CD publications. He has written on various aspects of the English folk music and dance revivals. He is Reviews Editor of the Folk Music Journal.
Catherine A. Shoupe is Professor of Anthropology Emerita at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Her ethnographic and historical research on Scottish traditions of music and dance has focused on Fife, Scotland, with a special interest in the relationships between dance and music, dancers and musicians. Now retired from teaching, her academics pursuits have been extended to teaching dance and playing fiddle and mandolin for Contra Dance, Old Time, and international folk dance with friends and colleagues.
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame
Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya
Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya, FRAS is a Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study (University of London) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland). Shihan is the author of six monographs including the just released paperback version of ‘The Portuguese in the East: A Cultural History of a Maritime Trading Empire’ (I B Tauris, London). Shihan is also the Director/Producer of two ethnographic films – ‘Voices of Afro-Sri Lankans’ and ‘Indian Ocean Memories: African Migrations’. She has also co-authored a book and has edited two multi-author books and several special volumes of journals including Musike (The Hague).
University of London
Emma has played violin, viola and piano from an early age and holds a 2:1 BSc Hons in Music and Psychology and an MRes in Chamber Music. Emma moved to Scotland in 2013 to fulfil her interest in Traditional music and her doctoral research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland explores the viola in Scottish Traditional music. Performing in both folk and classical traditions, her band The Routes Quartet were nominated for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. Emma was also nominated for ‘Tutor of the Year’ for her work with East Ayrshire Music Service, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, and various festivals and summer schools.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The first Doctorate of Artistic Research in traditional music in Scotland, Lori is an active fiddle player, singer and creator in and around the traditional music idiom. Past research has included the fiddle and song traditions of the Scottish Borders; innovation, tradition and beyond-tune composition; and contemporary Traditional music practice and perspectives. Lori is a Lecturer in Traditional Music, Lead Tutor at tolboothtrad.com and freelance musician and teacher. Lori has contributed to NAFCo 2006, 2010 and 2012.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland