Digital Folk One-Day Conference

19th April 2017

Department of Music, University of Sheffield




9.30 – 10.30: Registration and refreshments


10.30 – 11.00: Introduction (Simon Keegan-Phipps)


11.00 – 12.30: Panel 1: Approaches to Digital Folk   (Chair: David Gauntlett)

  • Participation, Deterritorialization and Capital: towards a sociology of traditional music – Simon McKerrell
  • Kotos and Taikos and Gongs, Oh My!: Tracing the presence of “ethnic” sounds in early commercial digital synthesizers and samplers – Heidi Chan
  • Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture in the digital age – Tom Attah


12.30 – 13.30: Lunch


13.30 – 15.00: Parallel sessions


Panel 2: Digital Folk Pedagogies (Chair: Tim Knowles)

  • The role of the folk music tutor in the age of digital learning – Jo Miller
  • Learning Cape Breton Step Dance: From VHS to Online Video – Patricia H Ballantyne
  • Challenges in the Transmission of an Oral Tradition Online: Irish Traditional Music Approaching a Virtual Orality – Francis Ward


Panel 3: Digital Folk Identities (Chair: Helen Gubbins)

  • ‘Feeling like वारकरी…!!!!? 🙂’: Virtual Pilgrims and Musical Devotion – Jaime Jones
  • ‘When I hear this, She is in me’: Manifesting the ‘Universal Mother,’ YouTube, and the Participatory Politics of Digital Media in a Transnational Indo-Guyanese Religious Movement  – Stephanie L. Jackson
  • e-Andalus: Musical Tradition and Digital Culture in Algerian London – Stephen Wilford


15.00 – 15.30: Tea break


15.30 – 16.30: Parallel sessions


Panel 4: ‘Folk’ and Digital Music-Making (Chair: Simon Keegan-Phipps)

  • Istanbul and the invention of a digital tradition – Eliot Bates
  • The Affordances of Digital Music Tools in Theory and Practice – Daniel Gouly


Panel 5: Digital Folk Archives (Chair: Lucy Wright)

  • Making and Using Digital Broadside Ballad Archives – Giles Bergel
  • A book, a website and the jam – technology and changes in the old-time music repertoire – Hans-Hinrich Thedens


16.30 – 17.30: Roundtable discussion and closing remarks


Registration is still open, but places are now limited so please visit our Eventbrite page as soon as possible, ( to reserve your place now!