Five people who have made key contributions to the folk arts are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
Dom Flemons has accrued a remarkable CV over the course of his career. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011, Flemons is a skilled performer on a wide range of instruments including banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. Before playing music full-time, he produced 25 albums and even spent time pursuing slam poetry.
Cecil Sharp had been collecting English folk songs in earnest since 1903. By 1909 his collecting activities in Somerset had resulted in the publication of five volumes of songs from that area, including 130 songs (a small fraction of his total yield). While he was by no means the first person to go around collecting English folk songs, he was certainly the catalyst for an incredibly fruitful period of collecting in the 1900s.
Young morris side, Fool’s Gambit Morris and pioneering wheelchair folk dance group, Folk in Motion come together to remember the many morris dancers who lost their lives in the Great War.
EFDSS, in partnership with NorthWestDance and The Lowry, are delighted to have commissioned Folk Dance Remixed to create a new youth dance work for U.Dance 2016 national festival.