Dr Simon McKerrell
Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
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Associate Dean for Research & Innovation
International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in the social impact of traditional music and the creative industries. His research largely focuses upon the communicative power of music as heritage, social conflict and multimodality, and how these relate to policy. He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Media, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (Routledge).
He is Associate Dean for Research & Innovation at Newcastle University, having previously held positions at the Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and The National Piping Centre in Glasgow. He is currently Co-I on the EU funded international research project Critical Heritages (CoHERE): performing and representing Identities in Europe (2.5€ million), in 2014-15 he was PI for the AHRC project Understanding Scotland Musically (£68,000) and was concurrently a Co-Investigator for a Scottish Government Social Research project entitled Community Experiences of Sectarianism (£73,000).
In 2016, along with Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps he was the
founding Co-Editor of The International Journal of Traditional Arts (www.tradartsjournal.org). In addition
to this, Simon is an expert performer of Highland and Uilleann bagpiping,
having recorded 11 commercial albums and taught throughout the world.
- Head of Music, Newcastle University (June 2015-September 2017)
- Senior Lecturer in Music, Newcastle University (2015-)
- Lecturer in Music, Newcastle University (2010-2015)
- Knowledge Exchange Officer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2009-2010)
- Research Assistant, Glasgow University (2008-2009)
- Lecturer in Ethnomusicology fixed-term, University of Sheffield (2008-2009)
- Head of Piping Studies for the BA (Scottish Music-Piping) degree, The National Piping Centre, Glasgow (2005-2008).
- Lecturer in Music (part-time), Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, (2003-2008).
2012 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (HEA accredited)
2005 PhD 'Scottish Competition Bagpipe Performance: Sound, Mode and Aesthetics' St. Andrews University
2000 BA (Scottish Music) Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
My research focuses upon the social impact of music and the creative industries, particularly in relation to cultural heritage; sectarianism; and multimodal communication, and how these relate to policy. Methodologically this relies upon critical discourse analysis, ethnography, survey data and multimodal analysis. I am currently working on issues surrounding music as intangible cultural heritage and the multimodal relationships between musical sound, image and text. I am the Co-Editor of The International Journal of Traditional Arts (www.tradartsjournal.org) launched in November 2016.
I am currently a Co-I on the EU Horizon grant CoHere, which addresses an intensifying EU Crisis through a study of relations between identities and representations and performances of history, including music as intangible cultural heritage. In 2014-15 I completed an AHRC Early Career Fellowship entitled Understanding Scotland Musically and some of the research from this project has been published in a book for Routledge on Scottish traditional music employing various ethnomusicological, media and discourse analysis methods of analysis entitled Focus: Scottish Traditional Music. I maintain broad interests in the theorization and performance of music and social prejudice, see Performing Prejudice Symposium.
Simon McKerrell is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has recorded 11 commercial albums. He has toured, taught and performed throughout the world and was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon, Rough Tides, The Sprit of Scotland Pipe Band (http://www.spiritofscotlandpipeband.com/) and La Banda Europa (www.labandaeuropa.com). For more information and discography see: Simon McKerrell's Discography.
I currently supervise one PhD student-- Matthew Ord (philosophical and theoretical approaches to the recording and technology of folk music).
I have examined doctoral theses at the Universities of Ulster, Sheffield, Durham and UHI, and served as the external undergraduate examiner at the University of the Highlands and Islands distance learning BA Applied Music and MA Music and the Environment programmes from 2012-2016.
Grants & Esteem
· Co-I EU funded international research project Critical Heritages (CoHERE): performing and representing Identities in Europe (2.5€ million).
· PI on AHRC Early Career Fellowship 2014 Understanding Scotland Musically (£68,682)
· Scottish Government Research Grant (as Co-Investigator), Community experiences of sectarianism, (c. £80,000)
· Newcastle University Strategic Innovation Fund 2015 Open Educational Resources in a blended approach to teaching popular music culture (£10,000), see www.ispopmus.com.
· Newcastle University Faculty Research Grant 2012 Hearing Sectarianism (£2,192)
· Newcastle University School Strategic Research Fund 2013 Challenging Sectarianism Bid Preparation (£2,227)
· Member of the AHRC Peer Review College 2014-17.
· Registered expert for the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) 2015-19.
Simon McKerrell has strong interests in open educational resources and has been pursuing a number of open, online educational initiatives at Newcastle University including the open wiki for the course Issues in Popular Music Culture, assisted by Mr Matthew Ord.
He also maintains various resources online for teaching and dissemination of other projects see for instance:
Chair of Board of Examiners in Music (2015-)
Degree Programme Director for the BA (Contemporary and Popular Music) 2015-16.
Simon McKerrell was the Degree Programme Director (2012-13) for the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree and is currently module leader and teaching the following undergraduate modules in 2015-16:
Issues in Popular Music Culture
Folk Music Studies: Resources and Research Materials
Advanced Studies in the Sociology of Music
Advanced Studies in Ethnomusicology and Traditional Music
He is also a first instrument tutor for Highland pipes and Uilleann pipes.
- McKerrell S, Way L. Understanding music as multimodal discourse. In: Way, LCS and McKerrell, S, ed. Music as Multimodal Discourse: Semiotics, Power and Protest. London & New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, pp.1-20.
- McKerrell S. Traditional music and cultural sustainability in Scotland. In: McKerrell, S. and West, G, ed. Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2018. In Press.
- McKerrell S. Middle Eight: Social Constructionism in Music Studies. Popular Music 2016, 35(3), 425-428.
- McKerrell S, West G, ed. Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2018. In Press.
- Way L, McKerrell S, ed. Music as Multimodal Discourse: Semiotics, Power and Protest. London & New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.
- McKerrell S. Scotland: Contemporary performance practice. The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology 2016. In Press.
- McKerrell S. Scotland: Music in history, culture and geography. The SAGE Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology 2016. In Press.
- McKerrell S. Focus: Scottish Traditional Music. New York & London: Routledge, 2015.
- McKerrell S. Social distance and the multimodal construction of the Other in sectarian song. Social Semiotics 2015, 25(4), 614-632.
- Goodall K, McKerrell S, Markey J, Millar S, Richardson M. Sectarianism in Scotland: A ‘West of Scotland’ Problem, a Patchwork or a Cobweb?. Scottish Affairs 2015, 24(3), 288-307.
- Goodall K, Hopkins P, McKerrell S, Markey J, Millar S, Richardson J, Richardson M. Community experiences of sectarianism. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Social Research, 2015. Social Research series.
- McKerrell S. Traditional Arts and the State: the Scottish case. Cultural Trends 2014, 23(3), 159-168.
- McKerrell S. Hearing sectarianism: understanding Scottish sectarianism as song. Critical Discourse Studies 2012, 9(4), 363-374.
- McKerrell S. An ethnography of hearing: somaesthetic hearing in traditional music. In: Flath, B., Pirchner, A., Pölzl, E., Sackl, S, ed. The Body Is The Message. Graz, Austria: Grazer Universitätsverlag Leykam, 2012, pp.76-89.
- McKerrell S. Live at the King's Hall. UPC: 5055489229119: Digital CD release, 2012. Digital CD.
- McKerrell S. Sound Performing: Sound Aesthetics among Competitive Pipers. International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music 2011, 42(1), 165-187.
- McKerrell S. Bagpipes: A National Collection of a national Instrument, Hugh Cheape, Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland, 2008 [Review]. Ethnomusicology 2011, 55(3), 508-511.
- McKerrell S, O'Neill P, Reid J. The Friday Night Sessions - Traditional Music From Glasgow. Glasgow, UK: Footstompin Records, 2011. CD.
- McKerrell S. Modern Scottish Bands (1970-1990): Cash as Authenticity. Scottish Music Review 2011, 2(1).
- McKerrell S. The Concept of Mode in Scottish Bagpipe Music. In: Dickson, J, ed. The Highland Bagpipe: Music, History, Tradition. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009, pp.279-300.
- McKerrell S. Scottish Fiddle Music. In: Vallely, F, ed. Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press, 2011, pp.603-605.
- McKerrell S. Scotland: Scottish Song. In: The Companion to Irish Traditional Music. Cork: Cork University Press, 2011, pp.595-595.
- McKerrell S. 2 tracks for compilation album 'On the Day'. California, USA: John MacDonald, 2011. CD.
- McKerrell S. 'Balkan and Roma Musics'. Classroom Music Magazine 2009, (33).
- McKerrell S. The Best of Piping Live, recital series 2006/07. Glasgow: The National Piping Centre, 2008. CD.
- McKerrell S, MacDonald F. The McKerrell-MacDonald Collection of Bagpipe Music. . Glasgow: Privately Published, 2007.
- Malcolm J. Tam O'Shanter. Perth: Beltane Records, 2005. CD.
- Douglas B. Angels from the Ashes. Aberdeen: Ridge Records, 2004. CD.
- McKerrell S, MacDonald F, Gibb C. Highland Games. Portree: Macmeanma Records, 2004. Audio CD/MP3.
- Daquin L-C. Les Douze Noëls. Linn Records: Glasgow, 2004. CD.
- Frame G, Napier F, Napier H, McKerrell S. Fortune's Road. Edinburgh: Footstompin Records, 2003. CD.
- Malcolm J. Home. Perth: Belatane Records, 2002. CD.
- Frame G, Napier F, Napier H, McKerrell S. Gillian Frame and Back of the Moon. . Edinburgh: Footstompin Records, 2001.
- McKerrell S. Scottish competition bagpipe performance: sound, mode and aesthetics [PhD Thesis]. St Andrews University/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2005.