A two-day conference to be held on 10-11 October 2020
At Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY
Organised by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library/English Folk Dance and Song Society
Deadline 29th February 2020
We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs (TTPA) conference will take place at the Cecil Sharp House, London, on Saturday 10 October and Sunday 11 October 2020.
TTPA conferences aim to bring together researchers working on ‘traditional’ and ‘popular’ tunes as transmitted and transformed in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations.
Proposals are invited for presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion) on any aspect of the topic. We welcome a broad range of approaches, including historical research and ethnographic studies to illuminate melodic interrelationships. Relevant areas include music for performative dance (such as morris, sword, clog and other forms of step and percussive dance, Scottish, Irish and Welsh dance) and participatory dance (social, country, ceilidh/ceili), instrumental music, ballad operas and theatrical works, religious music, broadside balladry, blackface minstrelsy, music hall, the pleasure gardens, domestic music-making, national and folk music, and children’s songs.
Possible topics, as they relate to the central theme of tune transmission, melodic persistence and musical transformations, cover:
As well as papers, we invite 15-minute presentations to a panel session highlighting a particular source/resource/research tool relevant to tune research.
Deadline for submission: 29th February 2020.
Conference organisers: Becky Dellow, Julia Bishop, Malcolm Barr-Hamilton and Laura Smyth.