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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS3030 Module Title: ANGLO-CELTIC SONG TRADITIONS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS3030
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MOORE A Prof (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Two critical essays (2,000 words each) on styles and materials of anglo-celtic song traditions.
(60% of total assessment)
A two-hour paper covering questions on history & debates.
(40% of total assessment)
Qualifying Conditions

Module Overview
Module Aims
  • to investigate a discreet repertoire with clear cultural boundaries;
  • to understand processes of modernisation within a cultural continuity.
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • evaluate various appropriations of traditionally-validated, Anglo-Celtic, musical material;
  • discuss and critique some of the key constructions of the term ‘folk’.
Module Content
  • History (First and Second Revivals; World Music);
  • Styles (pastoralism; folk rock; the ‘folk singer’);
  • Debates (social relevance; nationalisms; tradition);
  • Materials (repertoire; singing styles; accompaniments).
Methods of Teaching/Learning
  • 10 two-hour informal lectures.
  • Students should spend their own time in getting to know the repertoire and the literature surrounding it (including that available on the Internet), and in engaging critically with both
Selected Texts/Journals
Atkinson,  D., 2002: The English traditional ballad: theory, method & practice (Aldershot: Ashgate)
Boyes, Georgina, 1993: The imagined village (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
Breathnach, Brendan, 1971: Folk music & dances of Ireland (Cork: Mercier)
Collinson, Francis, 1966: The traditional and national music of Scotland (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul)
Colls, Robert, 1977: The collier’s rant (London: Croom Helm)
Cowdery, John, 1990: The melodic tradition of Ireland (Kent, OH: Kent State University Press)
Dunn, Ginette, 1980: The fellowship of song (London: Croom Helm)
Harker, Dave, 1985: Fakesong (Buckingham: Open University Press)
Hast, Dorothea, & Scott, Stanley, 2004: Music in Ireland (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Howes, Frank, 1969: Folk music of Britain and beyond (London: Methuen)
Hughes, Meirion, & Stradling, Robert, 2001: The English musical renaissance 1910-1940 (Manchester: Manchester University Press)
Karpeles, Maud, 1987: An introduction to English folk song (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Ling, Jan, 1997: A history of European folk music (Rochester NY: Rochester University Press)
Lloyd, A.L., 1975: Folk song in England (London: Paladin)
Lockhart, G.W., 1998: Fiddles & folk (Edinburgh: Luath)
MacKinnon, Niall, 1993: The British folk scene (Buckingham: Open University Press)
Melhuish, Martin, 1998: Celtic tides: traditional music in a new age (Kingston, Ontario: Quarry)
Munro, Ailie, 1984: The folk music revival in Scotland (London: Kahn & Averill)
Palmer, Roy, 1988: The sound of history (London: Pimlico)
Pegg, Bob, 1976: Folk (London: Wildwood House)
Sweers, Britta, 2005: Electric folk: the changing face of English traditional music (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Watson, Ian, 1973: Song and democratic culture in Britain (London: Croom Helm)
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