Routes and Roots: Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 4

Ian Russell (Editor), Chris Goertzen (Editor)

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Routes & Roots, the fourth in the series, is the result of the 2010 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, held in Aberdeen, Scotland, its theme being ‘Roots and Routes’. ‘Roots’ has traditionally suggested beginnings, attachment to place, and stasis in general, whereas ‘routes’ has encompassed travel, migration, and displacement – in short, movement. But the research contained in this volume strongly supports a more modern, nuanced understanding of ‘roots’: earlier times have already featured plenty of the operation of the dynamics of change. Since ‘roots’ were packed with ‘routes’ from the start, the journey from conference to published volume entailed inverting these terms’ customary order: hence the current ‘Routes & Roots’. Contributors also addressed many other topics in this volume, approaches that were generally aspects of or interacting with the main thrust. These included: the interrelatedness of fiddle and dance traditions and how they have long been transformed by processes of globalisation as well as complementary processes of self-conscious localization; historical influences and voices of change; the importance of place and how this relates to identity; the nature of performance and the role of the individual; innovation and virtuosity; socialisation and competition; the interplay of dance and music in performance, and the essential natures of performance styles and of transmission. The North Atlantic, in providing a unifying frame for these studies, is not conceived in terms of boundaries that separate and divide peoples, but rather as corridors through which cultures have flowed and continue to flow in a process of exchange and communication. This collection of papers, both fascinating and timely, brings new insights into the field of international folk music studies, and represents the diversity of current research.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAberdeen
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen: Elphinstone Institute
Number of pages241
ISBN (Print)0 9545682 7 3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Publication series

NameElphinstone Institute Occasional Papers
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Institute


  • violin
  • dance
  • traditional music
  • fiddle and dance
  • travel
  • migration
  • displacement
  • beginnings
  • place and identity
  • globalisation
  • localisation
  • historical influences
  • performance
  • innovation
  • virtuosity
  • competition
  • socialization
  • style
  • transmission
  • folk music
  • role of individual
  • North Atlantic


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