Ian Russell (Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, emeritus)


“History Collapsing, Geography Dissolving": Diasporic Encounters of Christmas Carolers from the New World and the Old, Phillips Barry Lecture, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 20

Bio: Ian Russell, MBE, is the former Director of the Elphinstone Institute at the University of Aberdeen (1999–2014). This institute specializes in the ethnology and folklore of Northern Scotland. His current research is focused on the traditional culture of NE Scotland, including singing and instrumental traditions, and festivalization. He edited Folk Music Journal (1980–1993) and was awarded the Coote Lake Research Medal by the Folklore Society in 1987. Since 1969, he has conducted extensive fieldwork into singing traditions in the English Pennines, especially Christmas caroling, and has published The Sheffield Book of Village Carols (2011, revised new edition 2018) and The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols (2012, new edition 2020). He is the founder and Director of the Festival of Village Carols, and the President of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, which has held meetings in St. John’s in Newfoundland, Derry/Donegal in Ireland, Cape Breton Island, and Aberdeen. One of his recent publications, co-edited with Catherine Ingram, is Taking Part in Music (Aberdeen University Press, 2013).