Harris M. Berger is Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Director of the Research Centre for Music, Media, and Place, and Professor of Music and Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A scholar working in the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore studies, and popular music studies, he has published widely on theoretical issues in the study of music and culture, as well as heavy metal music.
Originally from Deer Lake, Newfoundland, Spencer Crewe has been an audio engineer since 1996. He has worked with a wide range of traditional and popular artists, including Great Big Sea, The Ennis Sisters, Shanneyganock, and The Masterless Men. Since joining the MMaP team in 2004, Spencer has digitized, restored, and mastered numerous audio collections for MMaP’s Back on Track Audio Publication Series. In 2015, he completed a week-long residency at the Smithsonian Folkways Archive in Washington, DC.
Joy Fraser is MMaP’s Project Coordinator and an Adjunct Professor in Memorial’s Department of Folklore, specializing in folk literature, foodways, folk drama, and cultural tourism. She is completing a book tracing the cultural history of haggis as a contested symbol of Scottishness; her other major research interest focuses on the violence surrounding the custom of Christmas mumming in nineteenth-century Newfoundland. Joy is past president of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada (2021–22). She also teaches weekly classes in Scottish step dance.
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