The proposed Contributions to Musical Collections and Miscellaneous Songs volume provides access to the relevant material in the various musical collections to which Hogg refers in his 1831 head notes, thus allowing the new readers of the 21st century to see in facsimile what Hogg himself saw. This procedure provides a broader context - in literary and musical terms - in which to enhance our understanding of the reception of Hogg's songs during his lifetime.
Dr Kirsteen McCue is a lecturer in Scottish Literature in the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and Associate Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies recently established there. She was co-editor with Marjorie Rycroft and Warwick Edwards on two volumes of Joseph Haydn's folksong settings for Thomson for the new Joseph Haydn Werke in 2001 and 2005 and has recently contributed "'An individual flowering on a common stem': the importance of melody and performance in British Romantic song culture", to Popular Culture and Romanticism in Britain and Ireland, eds. Phil Connell & Nigel Leask, (Cambridge: CUP, 2008).