The Session regarded as a source for a university dissertation
Mrs Celia Pendlebury wrote a MPhil dissertation (University of Sheffield, department of music, 2015) entitled “Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes. A History of « Traditional » Dance Tunes of Britain and Ireland”.
Here is the link : http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/8262/
Some of you may be interested in reading it.
But the most interesting point for us is that in her dissertation, Mrs Pendlebury uses several times The Session as a reference.
Does it mean that The Session is getting regarded as a source of information by/for the scientific community ? I do think so.
Whatever the answer is, well done, Jeremy and all those who take part in The Session.
Let’s notice that Mrs Pendlebury seems to confuse a “printed tune-book” and our tune-books (on The Session) : “In researching my tune histories, I noticed that tunes are constantly being re-printed in ever more tune-books whose numbers have been proliferating over the last thirty years. According to the website https://thesession.org/, “Hunt the Squirrel”, which I showed in chapter 1 to have dated from 1709, has been included in thirty-one tune-books.” (p. 48). Hm, hm …
It doesn’t mean that this work isn’t interesting. Mrs Pendlebury also talks about music sessions, about how musicians perform music at sessions, etc.
This dissertation is not the first one about trad music, but they are only a few ones, up to now. There is even a doctoral thesis (1996) on the "Irish musical Identity" written … in French by Erick Falc’her-Poyroux (http://www.falcher-poyroux.info/mti/).
Very interesting things to read.
In the future, can we expect a doctoral thesis in musicology or music sociology about the role of The Session ?