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General Areas:Popular music studies and ethnomusicology, especially music and national and group identity, folk revival musics, Irish traditional music, Australian country music, multicultural and world music, construction of social meaning, voice and body.

Much of my previous research has investigated the construction of social meaning in Irish traditional dance music, and the expressions of emigration, modernisation and identity within its practice. I have also written extensively on the Australian folk and country movements, as well as the way the Australian world/multicultural music has interacted with official and popular politics of difference and identity.

Singing Australian: A History of Folk and Country Music  is published by Pluto Press in July 2005.  In this book I trace the history of these musical scenes showing how they have entered into the many-sided debates on community, nation and identity  which have  dominated public discourse over the last thirty  years.  For more  information contact  me at the  email address above. More details of the book, including reviews, discussion can be found through the "further details" link below.  

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 (A more complete bibliography is available here at BIBLIOGRAPHY)

2008    "“Folk Music: Movements, scenes and styles"” in Shane Homan and Tony Mitchell (eds) Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia, ACYS Publishing, Hobart, pp 151-66

2007    "“Community and Nation in Folk, Country and Multicultural Music in Australia"” in Ian Collinson and Mark Evans (eds) Sounds and Selves IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference, Wellington: 25-30

2007    "“Playing with Policy: Music, multiculturalism and the Boite"” [In special issue: Music, Migration and Multiculturalism. Dreyfus, Kay and Crotty, Joel (eds).] Victorian Historical Journal, v.78, no.2, Nov 2007: 152-169.

 2005 Singing Australian: A History of Folk and Country Music. Pluto Press Australia, Melbourne

2005 “"Ted Egan: Bringing it Home"” in Market and Margins: Australian Country Music vol 3 ,  eds Mark Evans and Geoff Walden, AICM Press, Gympie, pp 180-202.

2004 "My Love is in America : Migration and Irish Music" Re-published in Simon Frith (ed) Popular music : Critical concepts in media and cultural studies, Routledge , London , 2004

2004 "“Yodelling and vocal breaks in Country Music"” in Roots and Crossovers: Australian Country Music vol 2,  eds P Hayward and G. Walden, AICM Press

2003 “"Accordion"” and "“Concertina"” in John Shepherd et al (eds) Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Continuum, New York, vol 2. pp 195-6, 298-9.

2003 Entries on “Bush Band”, “Country Music”, “Folk-music revival”, “Irish Traditions” and “Yodelling”, in Aline Scott-Maxwell and John Whiteoak (eds) The Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia , Currency Press, Sydney. pp. 100-1, 195-197, 286-9, 364-66, 685.

2003 "Celtic Australia: Bush Bands, Irish Music, Folk Music and the New Nationalism" in Celtic Modern. eds Martin Stokes and Phil Bohlman, Scarecrow Press, Chicago


2001 " AUSTRALIA : III Popular Immigrant Musics" in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd Edition) ed Stanley Sadie and John Tyrell, Macmillan, London , 2001. vol 2, pp 219-222.

1999 "Australia" in The Companion to Irish Traditional Music , ed Fintan Vallely, Cork University Press, Cork, 1999. pp 11-13.


1998 - with Judith Brett. "Nation and Authenticity in Australian Popular Music: Folk , Country , Multicultural".Journal Of Australian Studies, no 58, 1998 pp 3-17.

1998 -with Karl Neuenfeldt "Romancing the Drone: The Contemporary Didjeridu in Victoria" Overland May 1998, pp 52-8.

1997 "Modern Style Irish Accordion Playing: History, Biography and Class" Ethnomusicology 41/3

1996 "Annie Proulx' Musicology" Australian Humanities Review (online).

1994 "My Love is in America: Migration and Irish Music" in Patrick O'Sullivan (ed) The Creative Migrant (The Irish World Wide Vol 3). Leicester University Press, Leicester, pp 221-237.

1994 "Irish Meets Folk: The Genesis of the Bush Band" in Margaret Kartomi and Stephen Blum (eds), Music-Cultures in Contact: Convergences and Collisions. Currency Press, Brisbane and Gordon & Breach, USA. pp 186-203.

1994 "Australian Country Music and the Hillbilly Yodel"; Popular Music vol 13 no 1, pp 297-312.

1993 "Folklore and Popular Culture" in Oxford Companion to Australian Folklore. Gwenda Davey and Graham Seal (eds) Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp 327-334.

1988 "Folklore, Fakelore and Folkloric" in Ron Edwards (ed) Proceedings of the 3rd National Folklore Conference. Australian Folk Trust, Canberra

1985 "Making Folk Music" Meanjin 4/44 pp 477-90. Republished in Jenny Lee, Phillip Mead and Gerald Murnane (eds), The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Meanjin, Melbourne University Press, 1990