‘Lend an Itching Ear’: Ubiquitous Music in Early Modern England

Date / time: 20 January, 12:00 am

Bookings are now open to attend the study day, ‘“Lend an Itching Ear”: Ubiquitous Music in Early Modern England’, which is hosted by the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University on Friday 20 January 2023.

Our aim is to bring together scholars working on ubiquitous music in early modern England – music woven into the fabric of everyday life – to consolidate and explore together new directions for this burgeoning field. We seek to build on a historiographical shift within early English music studies that moves away from an exclusive focus on art music, cultural centres and professional musicians towards enquiries that incorporate amateur music making that is socially and geographically diverse, vernacular music and literate, semi-literate and aural/oral circulation.

The day marks the end of Kathryn Roberts Parker’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie project on ‘A Performance History of Morris Dancing: Music and Musicians 1550–1700’ and the launch of Oskar Cox Jensen’s Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship on Mainstream Song, 1520–2020. Speakers include Visiting Leverhulme Professor Bruce R. Smith, Linda Phyllis Austern, Katherine Butler, Ross Duffin, Angela McShane, Emily Murphy, Simon Smith, Sarah Williams, Rachel Willie and Amanda Eubanks Winkler. The day will include a roundtable discussion and will end with a historically informed performance.

Attendance is free. If you would like to attend this event you can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lend-an-itching-ear-ubiquitous-music-in-early-modern-england-tickets-417815817357

Kirsten Gibson, Oskar Cox Jensen and Kathryn Roberts Parker (co-convenors)