Professor Fred Freeman presents an exploration of Scottish multiculturalism through song. The musical journey through the centuries sees a multicultural Scotland rise from a population of Picts, ancient Welsh, Scotti from Ireland, Vikings, Sephardic Jews, Italians and other communities. Professor Freeman will touch upon the sectarian nature of much of our history – Jacobites, Highland Clearances, the Irish settlement – and look at the waves of settlers and their struggle for recognition along with racism and discrimination. The whole subject is set against various positive myths: all are equal in the eyes of God (The Declaration of Arbroath); ‘we’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns’; ‘a man’a a man for a’ that’.
Fred Freeman is author of numerous books and articles on Scottish literature, Scots language, folk music and history, and was recently recognised by the Association For Scottish Literary Studies with a lifetime Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to Scottish literary studies. Fred is currently Visiting Professor of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.