In November 2015 the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) teamed up with Folk by the Oak for Sweet Liberties. The commission was launched at an exclusive event at the Speaker's House, and then went on to tour in Cambridge, Bury, Cardiff, Bristol, London and Gateshead. It will culminate in a performance at Folk by the Oak festival in July 2016.
The Houses of Parliament's 2015 Anniversaries Programme commissioned EFDSS to come up with a project to celebrate a year rich in constitutional anniversaries, including 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament.
Martyn Joseph, Nancy Kerr, Sam Carter and Maz O’Connor with Patsy Reid and Nick Cooke were given the opportunity to delve into the archives at Parliament and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, to take a musical journey exploring the pursuit of democracy and the events that have made a difference to our liberties.
Sweet Liberties was previewed and launched at a special event at the Speaker's House in the Palace of Westminster.
Sweet Liberties toured nationwide in 2015 to Cambridge Junction; Colston Hall, Bristol; The Met, Bury; St David's Hall, Cardiff; Cecil Sharp House, London; Sage Gateshead and to the Folk by the Oak Festival in July 2016.
Read about Sweet Liberties in 'Not talkin' bout a revolution: Where are all the protest songs?' on The Guardian here.