New article on folk music listeners

SPARC members Dr Fay Hield and Dr Sarah Price have a new paper out in the International Journal of Traditional Arts exploring the experiences of folk music audiences: ‘I realised it was the same song’: Familiarisation, assimilation and making meaning with new folk music.

Fay and Sarah followed a group of listeners over 6 months, documenting their experiences as they got to know Fay Hields’s 2016 album, Old Adam. This paper shows how listeners enjoy making connections between the new songs and other folk music – ‘I realised it was the same song’ – and loved trying to make sense of the detailed stories on the album.

Full citation and link to the article can be found here:

Hield, F., & Price, S. (2018). ‘I realised it was the same song’: Familiarisation, assimilation and making meaning with new folk music. The International Journal of Traditional Arts, 2.

Want to find out more about this study? Fay and Sarah published another paper in Participations last year.