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

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Abstract

Following three years of ethnomusicological fieldwork on the sacred singing traditions of evangelical Christians in North-East Scotland and Northern Isles coastal communities, Frances Wilkins documents and analyses current singing practices in this book by placing them historically and contemporaneously within their respective faith communities. In ascertaining who the singers were and why, when, where, how and what they chose to sing, the study explores a number of related questions. How has sacred singing contributed to the establishment and reinforcement of individual and group identities both in the church and wider community? What is the process by which specific regional repertoires and styles develop? Which organisations and venues have been particularly conducive to the development of sacred singing in the community? How does the subject matter of songs relate to the immediate environment of coastal inhabitants? How and why has gospel singing in coastal communities changed? These questions are answered with comprehensive reference to interview material, fieldnotes, videography and audio field recordings. As one of the first pieces of ethnomusicological research into sacred music performance in Scotland, this ethnography draws important parallels between practices in the North East and elsewhere in the British Isles and across the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages300
ISBN (Electronic)9781351847421
ISBN (Print)9780415788021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameSOAS Musicology Series
PublisherRoutledge

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Northeast
Coast
Gospel
Scotland
Ethnography
Venues
Music Performance
British Isles
Field Recording
Subject Matter
Communities of Faith
Song
Sacred Music
Singers
France
Group Identity
Reinforcement
Repertoire
Field Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009. / Wilkins, Frances.

London : Routledge, 2018. 300 p. (SOAS Musicology Series).

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Wilkins, Frances. / Singing the Gospel along Scotland’s North-East Coast, 1859–2009. London : Routledge, 2018. 300 p. (SOAS Musicology Series).
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