Scottish traditional music has been through a successful revival in the mid-twentieth century and has now entered a professionalised and public space. Devolution in the UK and the surge of political debate surrounding the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014 led to a greater scrutiny of regional and national identities within the UK, set within the wider context of cultural globalisation. This volume brings together a range of authors that sets out to explore the increasingly plural and complex notions of Scotland, as performed in and through traditional music. Traditional music has played an increasingly prominent role in the public life of Scotland, mirrored in other Anglo-American traditions. This collection principally explores this movement from historically text-bound musical authenticity towards more transient sonic identities that are blurring established musical genres and the meaning of what constitutes ‘traditional’ music today. The volume therefore provides a cohesive set of perspectives on how traditional music performs Scottishness at this crucial moment in the public life of an increasingly (dis)United Kingdom.

part I|63 pages

Policy and practice

chapter 3|14 pages

‘A sense of who we are’

The cultural value of community-based traditional music in Scotland

chapter 6|18 pages

Referendum reflections

Traditional music and the performance of politics in the campaign for Scottish independence

part II|78 pages

Porosity, genres, hybridity

chapter 7|12 pages

The changing nature of conceptualisation and authenticity among Scottish traditional musicians

Traditional music, conservatoire education and the case for post-revivalism

chapter 8|16 pages

Slaying the Tartan Monster

Hybridisation in recent Scottish music

chapter 9|13 pages

‘It happens in ballads’

Scotland, utopia and traditional song in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

part III|32 pages

Home and host

chapter 12|16 pages

Distant voices, Scottish lives

On song and migration

part IV|71 pages

The past in the present

chapter 15|16 pages

Routes, roles and folk on the edge

Scotland’s instrumental music through the revival lens

chapter 17|10 pages

Wynds, vennels and dual carriageways

The changing nature of Scottish music

chapter 18|12 pages

Understanding Scotland musically

Reflections on place, war and nation

chapter 19|8 pages