The People of Scottish Traditional Music
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The People of Scottish Traditional Music book
This chapter examines who performs, teaches, listens to and consumes Scottish traditional music, and how Scottish traditional music geographically defined musical tradition is now increasingly deterritorialised and digitally mediated. It also examines how people conceive of Scottish traditional music and their place in the world. The community itself is suggesting that the nature of oral transmission of songs and tunes and the shared sense of a sonic aesthetics are at the heart of what it means to participate in Scottish traditional music. Scottish traditional music is seemingly a musical community where the interpersonal relations and aesthetics count more strongly than any sense of national identity. One of the central defining binaries of all traditional and folk musics from around the world is the internal aesthetic and relational discourse around tradition and modernity. The exchange value of Scottish traditional music lies both in the authenticity and affective power of the music but also in the cultural capital that it affords participants.