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Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Aberdeen

Frances Wilkins is Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen. She is also a professional musician, performing Scottish traditional music on English concertina. As a field researcher, Frances specialises in Scottish and Northern Canadian singing and instrumental traditions and has worked on research projects in Scotland, Canada and Germany. She has been invited to give lectures on her research in Scotland and internationally for the St Andrews Society of Toronto, Waskaganish 350 Year Anniversary Festival (Quebec), Banff Preservation and Heritage Society Annual Founders Lecture, Mayfest, The Universities of Durham, Sheffield and Newcastle, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Orkney Folk Festival, North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, Scottish Fisheries Museum and at the Aberdeen branch of the Saltire Society.

Since 2018, Frances has been working on the research project, Seinn Coisrigte anns a’ Ghaidhealtachd an Iar agus ‘sna h-Eileanan Siar | Sacred Singing in the West Highlands and Western Isles. Fieldwork for the project has been made possible through a Research Incentive Grant from the Carnegie Trust (2019-22) and a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2022-23).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Aberdeen