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English Dance and Song

English Dance & Song, Summer 2016

Summer has arrived, marking the height of our wonderful folk festival season.

In the summer edition of EDS, Jo Cunningham speaks to Alan and Sandra Surtees who started running their festival in Shropshire 20 years ago. She finds out about their journey, and what’s in store for festivalgoers heading to this year’s Shrewsbury festival.

Natalya Catton Wilson takes a trip to Mallorca to discover the delights of a folk festival with a difference at the Costa del Folk.

And for a guide to summer festivals closer to home, make sure you study our ‘Festival focus’ spread.

The renovation of Kennedy Hall is now complete and we are looking forward to our Celebration Ceilidh on 18 June. Alison Lewis gives us the lowdown the restoration went.

And talking of Kennedy, there’s a new archive been set up documenting Peter Kennedy’s many documents, photos, films and more at the British Library; archivist Andrew Pace tells us more about it.

Natalya Catton Wilson chats to Kate Rusby about folk and family, and catches up with John McCusker to find out about his 25 years as a professional musician.

Mary Neal and Daisy Dakings’ collections have been added to The Full English digital archive; discover more in Laura Smyth’s fascinating feature on these two pioneering women of folk dance.

Laura also tells us about Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles’ trip collecting in the Appalachian Mountains of America, the centenary anniversary of which we’re marking with a conference on 16 July.

There are also regular features including news, reviews, dance events, lives remembered and much more.


The Summer 2016 edition is available now

English Dance and Song









The Atkinson, Southport

Broadstairs Folk Week

Bromyard Folk Festival

Cecil Sharp House: Season Highlights

Costa Del Folk

Derby Folk Festival

EFDSS: Cecil Sharp House Choir

East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

Fellside at 40

Folk East

Folk London

Folk On The Quay


Halsway Manor

Hobgoblin Music

John Crosby Music Publicity PR

Moseley Folk Festival

Musicians Insurance Services

Pat Shaw 100th Anniversary

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Sidmouth FolkWeek

Southdowns Folk Festival

Warwick Folk Festival

The Full English

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.


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