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Popular Music Education in Wales: Time to Move Forward. Tramshed Tech, Cardiff January 30th 2020 (9.30-4.30)

Wales has a unique landscape culturally, politically, linguistically and of course musically. Like other Small Nations, the country has a distinct set of challenges in order to ensure it exploits the full potential of music education. In terms of popular … Continue reading

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The Decline of Instrumental Tuition in Wales

Although it took place a few months ago, here are a few links related to the report I wrote a few months ago into the decline of instrumental teaching in Wales. The event took part at The Royal Welsh College … Continue reading

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Merthyr Tydfil and Popular Music: Celebrating a Rich Musical History

As I mentioned in my last post, we launched the #merthyrpop exhibition last week. Here are a few more photos of the event, featuring some of the speakers and community members This was followed by the first week that the … Continue reading

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Past and Present: Local Music Making and the Politics of Popular Music

The Red House (Town Hall), Merthyr Tydfil Saturday 27th January 2018, 11am- 4.30pm, Followed by Exhibition Launch Join us for a free one-day research and industry event marking the launch of a one-month exhibition celebrating the hidden history of popular … Continue reading

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Being Human Festival in Merthyr Tydfil: Lost Musical Histories

I really enjoyed my talk yesterday as one of seven other projects that have been chosen to highlight some of the fantastic work taking place in this year’s Being Human Festival. The festival, taking place between November 17th – 25th,  … Continue reading

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Popular Music Authenticity Part 2

Prompted by a recent report into the perceived authenticity of Seasick Steve, I have been prompted to think about the ways in  which authenticity resonates both positively and negatively with other artists. So, starting with Seasick Steve himself, here is … Continue reading

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What is Authenticity in Popular Music?

I have had an interesting debate this week about the nature of authenticity in popular music – prompted by the recent revelations that Seasick Steve, the bastion of authenticity for many, turned out to be a session musician who lied … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd in Merthyr Part 2

Off the back of my last post on Pink Floyd playing at The Castle Cinema in Merthyr Tydfil on December 9th 1967, it appears that this would have been one of the last gigs that Syd Barrett played with the … Continue reading

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Critical Listening and Students: Popular Music and Form

In preparation for a musicology lecture this week, I began to think about the importance of students having an awareness of the general conventions in popular music. Factors such as an awareness of the commonality of eight bar sections (verses … Continue reading

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The Elements of Music: How can we use them to discuss ‘interest’ in a piece of music?

This post concerns the elements of music, and the ways in which they are prioritised to indoctrinate interest in a piece of music. How can we use the elements that for most are so familiar, to begin to analyse popular … Continue reading

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