Ronnie Gibson is an authority on Scottish fiddle music, and author of the highly acclaimed website, ScottishFiddleMusic.com. He holds a BMus degree from the University of Aberdeen and an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Pirie-Reid Scholar at St Catherine’s College, and is in demand as a performer and tutor of fiddle music.
Ronnie's current research project, Continuity and Revival in the Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music from the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day, focuses on violin performance in eighteenth-century Scotland and its transmission from then to now. The study combines elements of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and cultural history, in what is ultimately an interrogation of tradition, and is jointly supervised by Prof David Smith (Department of Music) and Dr Frances Wilkins (Elphinstone Institute).
He also has a growing interest in computational methods of music analysis, and is involved in an ongoing project with researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and Fraunhofer IDMT investigating the performance of Shetland fiddle music.
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Gibson, Ronnie, 'The Globalisation of Irish Traditional Song Performance. By Susan H. Motherway,' Music and Letters, vol. 95, no. 1 (2014), pp. 143-145. DOI: 10.1093/ml/gct151; http://ml.oxfordjournals.org/content/95/1/143.
Gibson, Ronnie, 'Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era. By Karen McAulay,' Music and Letters, vol. 94, no. 4 (2013), pp. 682-684. DOI: 10.1093/ml/gct114; http://m.ml.oxfordjournals.org/content/94/4/682.
Gibson, Ronnie, 'Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches: http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk,' The World of Music, vol 1, no. 2 (2012), pp. 168-169.
'Folk Meets Baroque: The Performance of Fiddle Music in Eighteenth-Century Scotland,' 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Mozarteum," Salzburg, Austria, 9-14 July 2014.
'The Performance of Scottish Fiddle Music; or, The Historicity of Tradition,' Steepin Steens o Knowledge: Folklore, Ethnology, and Ethnomusicology Conference (Aberdeen), Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, UK, 4-6 July 2014.
'Performer Profiling as a Method of Examining the Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music,' Fourth International Folk Music Analysis Workshop, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 12-13 June 2014 (co-authored with Scott Beveridge and Estefanía Cano Cerón).
'Gow the Gael: An Alternative History of Scottish Fiddle Music,' Language without Land: New Voices in the History, Culture and Language of Gaelic Scotland and Ireland, 1800 to the Present, RIISS, University of Aberdeen, UK, 9-10 May 2014.
Invited talk, 'Niel Gow's Legacy: Re-Evaluating the History of Scottish Fiddle Music,' Fiddle 2014: The Scots Fiddle Festival, Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK, 23 November 2014.
'Women with a Past: Signora Violante,' BBC Radio Scotland, First Broadcast: 8 April 2014. Clips accessible at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zqskz/clips.
Lecture-Recital, 'Folk Meets Baroque: An Exploration of Eighteenth-Century Scottish Fiddle Music,' University of Aberdeen May Festival, Aberdeen, UK, 11 May 2013 (script authored by Ronnie Gibson; music arranged and performed by Ronnie Gibson and Natalie Brown). Video recording accessible at: http://youtu.be/XYsiwT0igGo.