Simon-McKerrell-portrait-smallSimon McKerrell is a composer with compositions uploaded to MusicHub. Read below to find out more about them.

Performer/composer biog:

Simon McKerrell is a piper who writes traditional tunes. Some of them are available free on this website and more on his personal website. He also released a collection of music (2007) with the piper Finlay MacDonald, available here. He has recorded over 11 albums and was a founding member of ‘Back of the Moon’ (2000-2004) and now performs as a solo performer and in various ensembles. He has performed with numerous artists over the years and also occasionally performs with Padraig O’Niell in Rough Tides and is a member of the world famous Spirit of Scotland pipe band. He trained with various piping teachers including Kenny MacDonald, P/M Jimmy Pryde and P/M Angus MacDonald, receiving the majority of his piobaireachd tuition from Murray Henderson. He has won the A-grade MSR at the Northern Meeting (2006) and the Skye Clasp three times for Piobaireachd (2005, 2006, 2007) as well as numerous other prizes at major international piping competitions.

Simon McKerrell’s solo piping album Live at the King’s Hall, is available here.

Academic biog:

Dr Simon McKerrell is a piper and Head of the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University who is interested in how music performs meaning in social life. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and prior to this worked at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. His research focuses upon how music and text communicate belonging, sectarianism and intangible cultural heritage and how these relate to cultural policy. He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Media, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Modernity (Ashgate). He is a member of the AHRC peer review college, and a registered expert for the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) 2015-19. He is currently Co-I on the EU funded international research project Critical Heritages (CoHERE): performing and representing Identities in Europe, in 2014-15 he was PI for the AHRC project Understanding Scotland Musically and was concurrently a Co-Investigator for a Scottish Government Social Research project entitled Community Experiences of Sectarianism. In 2016, along with Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps he was the founding Co-Editor of The International Journal of Traditional Arts ( In addition to this, Simon is also a world-recognized expert Highland and Uilleann bagpiping, having recorded over 11 commercial albums and taught throughout the world. Within Newcastle University, Simon is the Arts & Cultures Theme lead for the Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal. His blog is available here.

Check out Simon McKerrell’s music here.

Check out Simon McKerrell’s website.

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