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At the heart of English folk

Three Folk Tunes for Secondary Schools

Three Folk Tunes for Secondary Schools

The material in this pack was collated for The Full English schools projects that Oli Matthews was involved in at Horizon Community Academy, Barnsley and Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes. These projects worked with students at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-15years), and aimed to use folk music to increase confidence and skills regarding composition, improvisation, arranging and performance skills. The projects also emphasised the important relationship between folk music and dance.

The 3 tunes presented here: Shepherd’s Hey, Curly Headed Ploughboy and Speed the Plough are all used for dances. In both schools, we worked with dance students too, and encouraged musicians and dancers to work together to see how live music and dance can, and do, respond to each other and produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

All the tunes can be found in The Full English digital archive (www.vwml.org). Sometimes there are different versions of one tune as they were collected from different players across the country, at different times, by different collectors. The links to the relevant items in the digital archive are provided throughout.

You can download the pack from the PDF tab.

You can download the audio resources from the audio tab.

More videos

  • Body Percussion 2 - at speed - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(330.12KB) ogg(1.09MB)
  • Body Percussion 2 - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(492.57KB) ogg(1.58MB)
  • Body Perucssion 1 - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(539.10KB) ogg(1.91MB)
  • Curly Headed Ploughboy - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.41MB) ogg(5.06MB)
  • Curly Headed Ploughboy - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.12MB) ogg(3.96MB)
  • Shepherd's Hey (Amin) - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(864.00KB) ogg(2.81MB)
  • Shepherd's Hey (Amin) - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(678.29KB) ogg(2.24MB)
  • Shepherd's Hey (Gmaj) - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(864.00KB) ogg(2.78MB)
  • Shepherd's Hey (Gmaj) - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(840.74KB) ogg(2.78MB)
  • Speed The Plough - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.41MB) ogg(5.16MB)
  • Speed the Plough - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.64MB) ogg(5.79MB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.

Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.