Oral traditions, from bothy ballads to football chants, surround us at home and abroad. Yet such practices are often most overlooked and undervalued in the digital age. The Song Collectors Pathway project will help bolster the song collecting movement by training participants in tasks including researching, recording, indexing, editing, archiving and publishing. The Song Collectors Collective (SCC) is a broad association of individuals brought together by a common desire to celebrate, document and support singing and oral tradition. The SCC offering includes an online archive of recordings, a support network for song collectors, and a number of annual events. The collective is at the forefront of efforts to document singing practices in the UK and Ireland.
The SCC Pathway project introduces the last 150 years of song collecting, folklore and ethnomusicology, before preparing participants with the necessary moral codes and ethical considerations to undertake their own collecting. The pathway project follows four streams covering the major aspects of song collecting, quickly engaging the group in activities and allowing participants to learn from lectures and from each other.