Challenges encountered putting together a book of Canadian Fiddle tunes – Iain Fraser

Introduction In 2014 I was invited by the Music Publisher, Schott Music to produce a book and CD of Canadian fiddle tunes as part of their world music series. One major caveat was that the tunes should no longer be in copyright. It was quite a challenge, no less because I hadn’t fully realised how … More Challenges encountered putting together a book of Canadian Fiddle tunes – Iain Fraser

Ruidhle an Eilein: aspects of the choreographic processes and ideas when creating a new solo step dance – Mats Melin

To be creative, for me, requires the right frame of mind. Working in the Academic environment with overlapping deadlines, multitudes of parallel work paths and the constant backlog of emails and so forth makes finding peace of mind to choreograph a challenge. However, sometimes I find the spark… Choreographing in traditional dance in the Scottish … More Ruidhle an Eilein: aspects of the choreographic processes and ideas when creating a new solo step dance – Mats Melin

On the Introduction of the Baroque Violin into the Gàidhealtachd – Michael Newton

One of the important aspects of the debate between William Lamb and myself about the history of the development of dance and dance music in the Scottish Highlands concerns the history of the violin / fiddle. A new form of the instrument was the favoured one for élite dance traditions in western Europe from the … More On the Introduction of the Baroque Violin into the Gàidhealtachd – Michael Newton

Discovering the Cape Breton Inverness County Dance Project – Heather Sparling

You’ve probably never heard of the Cape Breton Inverness County Dance Project. That’s because it’s been all but inaccessible since it was created in 1986. Carmelle Bégin, an ethnomusicologist who was working for the Museum of History in Ottawa (known as the Museum of Man at the time), commissioned Barbara Leblanc, a bilingual Cape Bretoner, … More Discovering the Cape Breton Inverness County Dance Project – Heather Sparling

Should musicians dance? – Pat Ballantyne

Should Musicians Dance? This might seem a strange or unusual question to some but it is one that I have frequently considered. I’ve interviewed many dancers and musicians in Scotland and elsewhere as part of my PhD research. Many Scottish musicians do not consider themselves as dancers. This comes as some surprise to dance musicians … More Should musicians dance? – Pat Ballantyne