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Research Interests:

Scottish traditional and sacred music, ethnomusicology theory and practice, transatlantic music flow, James Bay fiddle music, Scottish music in Canada, English concertina, Scots and Canadian fiddle traditions, funeralscapes.

Research Keywords:

Scottish music, ethnomusicology, transatlantic music, Canada, Cree, fiddle, concertina, sacred singing, ethics

International Interests:

Scotland, Ireland, Canada, United States, Germany

Teaching Responsibilities:

ethnomusicology, world music, soundscape studies, folklore, Scottish music


PhD in ethnomusicology (University of Aberdeen), 2009. BA in Music Studies (1st Class honours), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2004. 

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Music Arts & Humanities
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Research Output 2010 2019

Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition and Policy

Wilkins, F. A., Dec 2019, In : Folk Music Journal. 11, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Nimitaau: Let's Dance: Fiddle-Dancing through Scots and Eeyou Culture

Wilkins, F. A. & Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, 10 Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Indigenous Peoples

Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009

Wilkins, F., 29 Jan 2018, London: Routledge. 300 p. (SOAS Musicology Series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Da Merry Boys O Greenland: Explorations into the Musical Dialogue of Shetland’s Nautical Past

Wilkins, F., 2017, In : Folk Music Journal. 11, 2, p. 17-37 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

John and Alan Lomax

Wilkins, F., 31 Oct 2017, Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. Martin, A. R. & Mihalka, M. (eds.). Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Activities 2011 2018

  • 2 Public Lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Editor of research journal / publication series

Curator's Talk, Special Collections, University of Aberdeen

Frances Wilkins (Author)
5 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangePublic Lecture/debate/seminar

North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Symposium

Frances Wilkins (Speaker)
2018 → …

Activity: Attending or organising an eventConference

Scots in the Sub-Artic: Musical exchanges among the James Bay Cree

Frances Wilkins (Author)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangePublic Lecture/debate/seminar

The World of Music (Journal)

Frances Wilkins (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of research journal / publication series

Press / Media

How to recreate a Viking funeral – minus the human sacrifice

Carlos Roberto Galan-Diaz & Frances Wilkins


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'