Scottish Music Industry Association

Music, identity and ‘Scottishness’

“I’m just going to have to learn to hesitate
To make sure my words on your Saxon ears don’t grate
But I wouldn’t know a single word to say
If I flattened all the vowels and I threw the “R” away”

‘Throw the ‘R’ Away’ by The Proclaimers

Robert Kilpatrick is General Manager of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the organisation that exists to represent and develop Scotland’s music industry and who produce the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award; Scotland’s national music prize.]

In this talk, Robert will give his take on how music impacts both how we see ourselves and how we relate to others. He will look at ‘Scottishness’ as a concept, highlighting how the music we produce and relate to here has often been shaped by wider societal factors that impact our collective identity as a nation; continually defined and redefined as society and our musical output changes. Expect references to politics, clichés, the Scottish cringe and Trainspotting, with a focus on some of the key people who have shaped the ever-evolving and liberating idea of ‘Scottishness’.