I was awarded my PhD from the University of Huddersfield in 2014. My research explored contested and popular themes in social history and musicology. Even though brass bands were a national movement I analysed the brass bands of the Southern Pennines to explain why brass bands became such a powerful metonym of northern working-class culture. I found that this cliché emerged from ca. 1840-1914 through a number of elements that were largely external to the brass band movement.
I have written extensively on brass bands and aspects of class and region. My ongoing research continues into the social networks that emerged from musical groups in the long nineteenth century and beyond. My current research projects include women and gender in military bands; jazz and working-class identity in a 1930’s Staffordshire town, and the role of discotheques in provincial life throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
I have led adult-education courses at the University of Huddersfield and the University of York, and I have contributed a significant amount of research to the AHRC-funded Making Music in Manchester during World War One project, based at the Royal Northern College of Music. I also write for the northern ezine Northern Soul as a music correspondent.
I am available as a consultant for radio and television documentaries and, in addition, I can supply adult-education courses, public lectures, and bespoke tutoring and seminars.
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