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Humanities Research Institute (Gell Street entrance)

University of Sheffield


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Join us in Sheffield for the second

Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs conference

Saturday, 8 June 2019, 10:00 - 17:00 AND Sunday, 9 June 2019, 10:00 - 16:00

Humanities Research Institute (Gell Street Entrance), University of Sheffield

The conference focuses on the history and transmission of dance and song tunes which have persisted over time and in space. As well as a fascinating range of presentations, there will be a panel session introducing useful resources and tools for tunes research.

Provisional Programme (subject to change)

Saturday, 8 June 2019

9.45 Arrival, registration and refreshments

10.20 Welcome

10.30 Session 1: Tune and Country

Alice Little, John Malchair, John and William Crotch, and Eighteenth-Century ‘National Music’

Sylvie Noreau, Expression of Cultural Identity by Appropriation of the Music of the ‘Other’: Examples in Chante Jeunesse Songbook for School

Stephen Rees, ‘Welsh Songcraft’: The Songs of J. Glyn Davies (1870–1953) and the Welsh Folk Tradition

12.00 Session 2: Tune Manuscripts: Sources, Repertoire and Uses

Alison Macfarlane, The Dance Tune Manuscripts of Marianne Sherman: A Glimpse into Gentry Life in Early Nineteenth-Century Harpenden

Geoff Wolfe, The William Winter Manuscript: West Bagborough, Somerset (1848-1850)

1.00 Lunch

2.15 Session 3: Transmission and Transformation in Community Contexts

Elizabeth Sheppard, ‘That was Grandfather’s’: An Exploration of Song Transmission in the Crossman Family of Somerset

Ian Russell, Stability and Change in Vernacular Christmas Carolling Traditions near Sheffield

Irfan Rais, ‘That’s not how I would play it!’: Musical Dissemination in Contemporary Traditional Music along the Menai Strait

3.45 Refreshments

4.00 Session 4: Research Methods in the Study of Tunes

Cornelia Metzig, Feature Extraction and Automatic Classification of Folk Tunes

Chris Walshaw, Family Gathering: Visual Tools to Explore Tune Relationships in Traditional Music

Celia Pendlebury, How English is English? Some Pointers towards Research Material from the Continent

5.30 End of Day 1 presentations

7.30- Informal Music-making Session at The Hillsborough Hotel, 54-58 Langsett Rd, Sheffield S6 2UB [PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE]

Everyone welcome!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

9.30 Session 5: Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs: Re-use, Re-claim and Recycle?

Jeremy Barlow, One Song to the Tune of Another: Associative Meanings in John Gay’s Airs from The Beggar’s Opera

John Cunningham, ‘Pompey’s Ghost’: From Playhouse to Pulpit?

Vic Gammon, Tyneside Songs and Yankee Tunes

11.00 Refreshments

11.15 Session 6: Re-mixing of Words and Tunes

Steve Gardham, Recycling: The Ballad Tunes

Fueanglada Prawang, Learning Thai Music and Thai Opera in Thailand

Julia Bishop, Villikins and the Plough: ‘Ubiquitous’ Tunes and Vernacular Songs

12.45 Lunch

2.00 Session 7: Sources and Tools for Tune Research (panel + plenary discussion)

Rebecca Dellow, Consistency in Contentious Categorising

Elaine Bradtke, The National Tune Index (EASMES) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Archive Catalogue: How to Use Them Together

Erik Bell, The English Broadside Ballad Archive

3.30 Refreshments and end of conference

REGISTRATION IS FREE! But pre-registration is essential so we know numbers. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits (for which we ask for a small donation on the day) but participants are responsible for their own meals and their own accommodation. We will provide pointers as to various places to eat or get a sandwich in the area.


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