Mr RONNIE GIBSON

Mr RONNIE GIBSON
BMus (Abdn), MPhil (Oxon)

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Mr RONNIE GIBSON
Mr RONNIE GIBSON

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The University of Aberdeen Department of Music/Elphinstone Institute University of Aberdeen 102 MacRobert Building King's College Aberdeen AB24 5UA UK
Web Links

http://www.scottishfiddlemusic.com/


Biography

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.

Research

Current Research

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.

Further Info

Reviews

Gibson, Ronnie, 'The Globalisation of Irish Traditional Song Performance. By Susan H. Motherway,' Music and Letters, vol. 95, no. 1 (2014), pp. 143-145. DOI10.1093/ml/gct151http://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. DOI10.1093/ml/gct114http://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.

 

Conference Papers

'Performing Scottish Fiddle Music; or, The Historicity of Tradition,' Understanding Scotland Musically, Newcastle University, UK, 20-21 October 2014.

'Aspects of Eighteenth-Century Performing Practice Retained in the Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music from Then to Now,' Music Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen, UK, 16 October 2014.

'The Performance of Scottish Fiddle Music; or, The Historicity of Tradition,' European Society for Ethnomusicology: Crossing Bridges, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 3-7 September 2014.

'Folk Meets Baroque: The Performance of Fiddle Music in Eighteenth-Century Scotland,' 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque MusicUniversität 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 WorkshopBogazici 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. 

'Nineteenth-Century Scottish Fiddle Competitions,' Musica Scotica Ninth Annual Conference, University of Aberdeen, UK, 26-27 April 2014.

'Notions about Early Violin Performance Practice in Fin-de-Siècle Scotland,' Roots of Revival, Horniman Museum, London, UK, 14 March 2014.

'The Performance of Scottish Fiddle Music: Towards a Tune-Concept,' RMA Research Students' Conference, University of Birmingham, UK, 8 January 2014.

'The Performance of Scottish Fiddle Music; or, Living Tradition,' International Council for Traditional Music World Conference, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, 10 July 2013.

'The Waning of Scottish Fiddle Music 1822-1888,' Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain Biennial Conference, University of Cardiff, UK, 24 June 2013.

'Tullochgorum: A Case Study in the Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music,' Musica Scotica Eighth Annual Conference, Open University at Edinburgh, UK, 27 April 2013.

'Towards a Period Performance of Scottish Fiddle Music,' RMA Research Students' Conference, University of Southampton, UK, 4 January 2013.

'Tullochgorum: A Case Study in the Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music,' Music Research Colloquium, University of Aberdeen, UK, 4 October 2012.

'The Transmission of Scottish Fiddle Music,' BFE Graduate Conference, Institute of Music Research, University of London, UK, 14 September 2012.

'The Reception of Fiddle Music in Eighteenth-Century Scotland,' North Atlantic Fiddle Convetion Conference, University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry, UK, 27 June 2012.

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Other Contributions

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.

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