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Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Aberdeen

Frances Wilkins is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. Her research interests include Scottish and North American fiddle music and sacred singing traditions, English concertina performance, and traditional music education and transmission. She has conducted extensive field-based research into Scottish musical traditions, and since 2011 has been researching and recording the historical connections between Scottish and Cree fiddle music in the James Bay area of Canada.

She has written articles and book chapters on her research including her latest journal article, 'The Fiddlers of James Bay: Transatlantic Flows and Musical Indigenisation among the James Bay Cree' in MUSICultures Vol 40/1 (2013). She has been guest editor for academic publications including the peer-reviewed MUSICultures and Musiké journals, and is website reviews editor for the world of music (new series) journal of ethnomusicology.

At the University of Aberdeen, she teaches courses in World Music, Scottish traditional music, Soundscapes Studies, and Ethnomusicology. She maintains close links with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock in Germany, where she worked as a guest 'Eurolecturer' and researcher (funded by the Toepfer Foundation), in collaboration with Dr Barbara Alge, from 2010-2011.


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    Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Aberdeen