Between March and August 2014 I ran an online survey questionnaire in order to gather evidence about the people that are involved in Scottish traditional music. This was a purposive sample where I deliberately targeted the community of practice through web fora, my own website, mailing lists, and publicized the survey via BBC Radio Scotland to encourage participation. I also posted notices about the survey on some key websites including www.footstompin.com, www.thesession.org and others, to encourage those with an interest in Scottish traditional music to take part. The resulting sample size (excluding those who did not express an interest) was 280.
Here I have posted a few selected charts showing the raw results either expressed as a percentage of the total number of respondents or in terms of total number of responses. I hope this is of interest to you and a big thank you to all who took part in the survey. It makes for interesting reading. We are holding a conference on the 20th and 21st October this year at Newcastle University where I will be presenting some of these findings and what they mean about Scottish traditional music and the community of people that perform and listen to it.
Download a pdf of the basic results here.
I will add more detail to this page in October 2014 but there is much to discuss from these results in terms of how we teach, learn, consume, listen to and analyse Scottish traditional music.
Thank you to all who took part.
If you have any questions you can contact me via simon.mckerrell [at] newcastle.ac.uk.