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Essex Folk Song Discovery: Coastal Songs

Songs mainly for Key Stages 2 & 3

Packed with fantastic folk songs from the coastal regions of Essex, this resource is full of pirates, sailors, fisherman and more.  With a focus on Key Stage 2 and 3, with audio, notation and teachers’ notes, there’s a song here for everyone. This resource was produced by EFDSS in 2018 as part of the Essex Folk Song Discovery project commissioned by Essex Music Education Hub in support of their vocal strategy and to increase awareness of local heritage.

Professional folk artists’ Aimée Leonard, Dave Delarre, Nick Hart and Maz O’Connor sourced songs, collected in Essex in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and arranged them for young voices.  

This pack contains the arrangements of nineteen folk songs collected from Essex.  

Essex Folk Song Discovery

 

In 2016, the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) was commissioned to deliver the Essex Folk Song Discovery Project by Essex Music Education Hub in seven schools in the Uttlesford region of north west Essex. The project was developed to support the vocal strategy for school children in Key Stages 2 and 3 across the region, by sourcing and re-introducing some traditional local folk songs.

Professional folk artists, Aimée Leonard and Nick Hart, sourced appropriate songs, collected in Essex in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and arranged them for young voices. They visited each participating school for two sessions, teaching a different song in each setting, three hundred and fifty students came together at Saffron Hall to share their songs for a fantastic final performance.

This pack contains the arrangements of eleven folk songs collected from Essex. 

An Introduction to English Sea Songs and Shanties

 

Explore the background to English Sea Songs and Shanties.

Ceilidh Band Project

Ceilidh Band Project

 

The arrangements and dances in this resource were taken from Camden Music Service’s Wider Opportunities (First Access Instrumental) Ceilidh Project which has run over the past few years in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The project provides an opportunity for children to learn ceilidh tunes and the dances that go with them. During the project they are involved as musicians (playing to accompany other children dancing) and as dancers (dancing whilst other children are playing). 

 

Sea Songs and Shanties for Tall Ships

 

 

In the run-up to the Rendez-Vouz Tall Ships Regatta 2017, the Royal Borough of Greenwich supported schools and groups in the borough to participate in a range of linked activities. The Tall Ships come regularly to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, with many tall ships sailing the Thames. Tall Ships Festivals celebrate sailing ships and mark the start or finish of a huge race to international destinations across the oceans. Tall Ships are large, traditionally rigged sailing ships. There are many styles of tall ship with different numbers of masts and shapes of sail. For hundreds of years tall ships carried people and goods across the seas and around the world, serving as the quickest form of transportation.


The oceans and stories of journeys and battles or adventure on the water have inspired many songs. This booklet focuses on songs and shanties that can be learnt and sung by adults, families and children alike. Many of the songs featured in the musical celebrations at the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Festival in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in April 2017.