New book by Gordon Ramsey
Gordon Ramsey of Queen's University, Belfast has recently published his book 'Music, Emotion and Identity in Ulster Marching Bands: Flutes, Drums and Loyal Sons' with Peter Lang Publishers. The author explores the emotional rewards of communal music-making within this vibrant but controversial working-class tradition, and examines the way that identities are formed through the acquisition of tastes, competences and skills within the contexts of practices, parades and 'battle of the band' contests. Gordon is currently seeking to develop a new project on the embodied politics of Ulster loyalism, and the central role played by musicking in its reproduction and transformation. Read more here.