Dr Simon McKerrell is interested in how music performs meaning in everyday life, particularly how this is constructed as discourse. His research interests include: traditional music; music and/as discourse; sectarianism; performing prejudice; cultural policy; multimodal analysis; music and the body; somaesthetics; theoretical approaches to music as social life; mode; affect and hearing; Scottish culture; digitalization and commodification of traditional musics. He is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has toured, taught and performed throughout the world. See website for further details.
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
I approach the following research interests from ethnomusicological and sociological perspectives: Traditional music; music and/as discourse; sectarianism; performing prejudice; cultural policy; multimodal analysis; music and the body; somaesthetics; theoretical approaches to music as social life; mode; affect and hearing; Scottish culture and/as Intangible Cultural Heritage; digitalization and commodification of traditional musics.
Simon McKerrell is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes which drives his research interests. He has toured, taught and performed in countries such as: the USA, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Iceland, France, Spain, Switzerland and throughout Britain. he was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon and is currently a member of 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 am currently working on an AHRC Early Career Fellowship entitled Understanding Scotland Musically and some of the research from this project will be published in a book for Routledge on Scottish traditional music employing various ethnomusicological, media and discourse analysis methods of analysis. I have been working on cultural policy for the traditional arts in Scotland and am analysing musical discourses leading up to the referendum on indpendence in Scotland in September 2014. I am also pursuing research into the theorization and performance of musical prejudice, see Performing Prejudice Symposium.
I currently supervise two doctoral students: Jo Mills (representations of traditional and folk music in film and television) and; 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 and Durham and am currently 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.
· 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 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.
Simon McKerrell was the Degree Programme Director (2012-13) for the BMus Folk and Traditional Music degree and currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:
He is also a first instrument tutor for Highland pipes and Uilleann pipes.
He is module leader for: