Research Centre for Music Media and Place (Ethnomusicology)
B. Mus. (Lethbridge)
M. Phil. (Cambridge)
Meghan Forsyth is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow in ethnomusicology at MUN. Her current research focuses on creativity in traditional music performance, instrumental music of Prince Edward Island and les Îles-de-la-Madeleine of Québec, and Francophone cultural tourism in eastern Canada. She is the curator and co-investigator of a SSHRC-funded collaborative multimedia exhibition on Acadian dance on P.E.I. Her previous research projects examined cultural revitalization and pan-identity in Acadian instrumental traditions on P.E.I. and contemporary performance and composition in the fiddling tradition of the Shetland Islands (UK). In 2008 she was awarded the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation award for research in Canadian music.
Forsyth has published articles in The Journal of the Society for American Music, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, MUSICultures and Canadian Folk Music. She is a contributing author to Bellows and Bows: Historic Recordings of Traditional Fiddle & Accordion Music From Across Canada,and a collaborator on Les Faiseaux des tunes/Tunesmiths: Le premier répertoire de compositions acadiennes de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard/ The first collection of Acadian compositions from Prince Edward Island. Prior to moving to Newfoundland, Forsyth taught at Ryerson University (Toronto).
In addition to her academic teaching and research, Meghan Forsyth is an active performer and teaches traditional fiddle and Suzuki violin. From 2000 to 2003, she toured with southern Alberta-based singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam and co-organises and teaches at the annual Prince Edward Island Fiddle Camp.