Author Bio

This site is dedicated to the book Focus: Scottish Traditional Music published by Taylor and Francis as part of their Focus on World Music series. It was written by Dr Simon McKerrell, here's a little more information about the author:

Simon McKerrell


Simon McKerrell is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Music at Newcastle University in the UK and is interested in how music performs meaning in social life. His research interests are focused upon how music and text communicate sectarianism, belonging and cultural heritage and how these relate to policy. Methodologically this relies upon critical discourse analysis, ethnography and multimodal analysis. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Sheffield and Glasgow and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has strong interests in the state policy and the socio-cultural sustainability of traditional music as Intangible Cultural Heritage in an increasingly plural and globalised world. In 2014-15 he was an Early Career Fellow with the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the United Kingdom as Principal Investigator for the project Understanding Scotland Musically and was concurrently a Co-Investigator for a Scottish Government Social Research project entitled Community Experiences of Sectarianism. In addition to this, Simon is also a world-recognised expert Highland and Uilleann bagpiping, having recorded over 11 commercial albums and taught throughout the world. He sits on the peer-review panel (2014-17) for the UK AHRC, and has served on the BBC panel for the Young Traditional Musician of the Year in addition to many other public engagements which support his aims of understanding traditional music as Intangible Cultural Heritage in policy and practice.




He maintains a blog here.


His University profile pages are available here.


If you'd like to get in touch to discuss any aspect of the book, please contact Simon via his University profile pages.


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