UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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28 November, 2008
Name(s) of Author/Editor(s): 
Sandra Kirkwood
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The Caledonian Society and Burns Club of Ipswich formed a uniformed pipe and drums band in 1909 that eventually became known as the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band. As the second-oldest pipe band in Queensland, the members of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band have remarkable stories to tell about their hundred year history. I received a commission from Arts Queensland and the Ipswich City Council to help the band research and write a music history book for their centennial celebrations in 2009. This article is about my critical reflection on the participatory action research processes that we used to help band members and supporters to engage with their music heritage and culture. In discussing how I facilitated this practice-led research project, I also describe some of the inter-cultural relationships between the band and the First Australians in order to place the significance of this research within the broader socio-ecological context.
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