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Simon Keegan-Phipps

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Sheffield

I'm a Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, specializing in the field of contemporary English folk and traditional music. I've published on the ways in which the English folk arts relate to English national identity, with a particular interest in how they are taught, institutionalised and performed in non-traditional contexts.

My main interests are the relationships between the recent resurgence in profile of the English folk arts, mainstreaming processes within England's folk music industry and constructions of Englishness. I have also conducted research on contemporary folk music in relation to: regional identity; educational institutions; and digital technology.

As a secondary research interest, I study the relationship between music and comedy in contemporary popular culture.

My teaching includes undergraduate modules on: 'Traditional Music in the Modern World'; 'Music and Comedy'; 'Music in Culture and Society'; and 'Ethnomusicology'.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, University of Sheffield