A world-class dedicated folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House is at the heart of English folk. With a unique history stretching back to 1930, the venue is a memorial to the folk music and dance collector Cecil Sharp. Vibrant and diverse, Cecil Sharp House exists to serve its wide and diverse audiences - engaging with art lovers (oft times folk art lovers) through unique and inspiring artistic events, and creative learning.
The iconic Grade II listed building is home to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, England's national collection of folk music and dance.
Voted 2nd best live music venue in London by Time Out readers (2012)
One of the most legendary and historic venues in London, Cecil Sharp House has served as a location for films, television programmes and fashion shoots. The roster is packed with barn dances, ceilidhs, traditional folk luminaries and the occasional ukulele shenanigan. The House has also played host to some of the biggest names in folk and popular music including Martin & Eliza Carthy, Davy Graham, Mumford & Sons, Bellowhead, Laura Marling, Graham Coxon, and Goldfrapp.
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Renovations, June – autumn 2013
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Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.