The Old Ship of Zion

Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities

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Abstract

In the fishing communities of North-East Scotland, sacred singing has performed a fundamental role in strengthening and reflecting religious, regional, and occupational identity among its singers since the early days of the fishing industry in the eighteenth century until the present day. The singing of hymns and psalms whilst at sea played an important role in the spiritual lives of the fisherfolk as a means of both prayer and praise, while congregational hymn singing in Deep Sea Missions and evangelical churches has been key to the reflection and reinforcement of fisher identity and values. The aim of this chapter is to examine the ways in which sacred songs have been used by members of North-East Scottish fishing communities both on land and at sea to mould and strengthen belief, identity, and community. Drawing from three years of field research in the region from 2005 until 2008, the chapter will be illustrated by photographs, musical examples, and extracts from interviews collected during the research project.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventMusica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference - University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Apr 201427 Apr 2014

Conference

ConferenceMusica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen
Period26/04/1427/04/14

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Zion
Ship
Northeast
Coast
Scotland
Hymn
Fishing
Field Research
Spiritual Life
Prayer
Strengthening
Fundamental
Research Projects
Song
Singers
Religion
Fishing Industry
Reinforcement
Psalms

Keywords

  • singing sacred hymnody fisherfolk

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Wilkins, F. (2014). The Old Ship of Zion: Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities. Paper presented at Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

The Old Ship of Zion : Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities. / Wilkins, Frances.

2014. Paper presented at Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Wilkins, F 2014, 'The Old Ship of Zion: Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities' Paper presented at Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom, 26/04/14 - 27/04/14, .
Wilkins F. The Old Ship of Zion: Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities. 2014. Paper presented at Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
Wilkins, Frances. / The Old Ship of Zion : Sacred Singing as Expression of Identity in North-East Scotland's Coastal Communities. Paper presented at Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
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