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English Dance & Song, Spring 2015

English Dance & Song, Spring 2016

Sweet Liberties, an EFDSS project commissioned by Parliament, delves into the long history of English democracy spanning back more than 800 years. Read about how it came together and where artists Nancy Kerr, Martyn Joseph, Sam Carter and Maz O’Connor found inspiration for their songs.

After more than a decade blowing stages away, Bellowhead say farewell as their final tour comes to a close in May. New editor Natalya Catton Wilson catches up with them to find out what’s next for its members.

Natalya also chats to Teesside trio The Young’uns to find out how they discovered folk music.

Dr Lucy Wright discovers what girls’ ‘carnival’ - or ‘fluffy’ - morris is all about, while Colin Hume celebrates 20 years of Cambridge Contra Dance.

In the first of a new series of features about how important your local pub is to your folk club (and vice versa), Richard Catton visits The Black Swan Folk Club in York.

Gwilym Davies discusses The Single Gloucester, a new archive project.

The renovation of Kennedy Hall is underway – Maxie Gedge tracks its progress and what still needs to be done.

EFDSS is looking for talented young musicians to be part of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble – find out how you can become part of it.

Read about how Rollo Woods and John Tams were presented with their Gold Badges.

Plus there are regular features including news, festival round-up, future dance events, lives remembered and much more.

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The Atkinson, Southport

Broadstairs Folk Week

Cecil Sharp House: Season Highlights

Chester Folk Festival

Chris Wood (Alan Bearman)

Cleckheaton Folk Festival

Costa Del Folk

Dartmoor Folk Festival

EFDSS: Cecil Sharp House Choir


Folk by the Oak

Folk East

Folk London


Haddenham Ceilidhs

HF Holidays

Lichfield Folk Festival

Scandimoot Festival

Shepley Spring Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Sidmouth FolkWeek

Stepping Stones Festival

Stonesfield Folk Dance Weekend

St Neots Folk Festival

Swanage Folk Festival

Tenterden Folk Festival

Warwick Folk Festival

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