The keynote speakers were:

Matt Stahl (University of Western Ontario)


Matt is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and has written extensively about musical labour, most notably in his award winning (first) book, Unfree Masters (Duke, 2013). His presentation is titled ‘Young Musicians, Old Beggars? American R&B and Soul Singers’ Late-Career Struggles for Union-mandated Health Care and Pensions.’

Catherine Tackley (The Open University)

ad1a380cb66cfd7d468e45e110562444_0Catherine is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University and she has written extensively on British jazz. Her first book, The Evolution of Jazz in Britain 1880-1935 (Ashgate, 2005) is a landmark account and more recently she co-edited Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance (Ashgate, 2014). Her current research project, Atlantic Sounds:Ships and Sailortowns, provides the material for her presentation, ’Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters. Seafarers as Musicians, Musicians as Seafarers.’