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Social Dance (3)
A slightly more formal occasion may have a predominance of the older period dances, such as those from the ‘Playford’ collection and other historical collections of dances. The dance might be called a Playford dance or Ball. These dances...
Southern English Step Dance (2)
Step dancing is most commonly found informally as part of a social event, including music, singing and dancing, such as in a pub session. Each dancer has their own style, without set routines, and will have a favourite type of tune, for example...
Northern English clog (2)
There are many similarities between regions, and there are also some differences that have been developed by particular dancers and families in particular regions. Teams now perform choreographed routines and solo dances. Stony Steppers...
Carnival morris
Th e huge variety of English fo lk dance styles reflect the constantly evolving nature of tradition. 19th and 20th century revival and ‘created’ traditions have now become traditional for many participants. Traditional processional dancing in the...
Cotswold morris (2)
Teams of dancers are usually called sides . Kit includes bells attached to pads of leather worn just below the knee, brightly coloured ribbons or rosettes, decorated hats and often baldrics - two crossed sashes worn across the chest. There is...
Special Costumes: Abbots Bromley, Castleton Garland, Jack in the Green
Special Costumes Abbots Bromley – Staffordshire The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance is an iconic English folk tradition. The dancers perform carrying reindeer horns which are mounted on wooden heads and attached to a pole. The antlers/horns are very...
Beginners' Guide English Folk Costume Introduction by Chloe Metcalfe
Introduction This resource is a guide to some of the many varied and wonderful costumes which are worn for an array of English folk customs including plays, dances and community festivals. This resource is a celebration of the ingenuity and skill...
Resource Bank A – Z
An alphabetical list of all the educational materials in The Resource Bank A Long Time Ago Pulling Chanty -- A sea shanty arranged in two parts for Key Stages 1 and 2 A Roving -- A song arranged in two parts for Key Stages 1 and 2 Abroad for Pleasure...
English Folk Dance Introduction
Beginners' Guide to English Folk Dance English folk dance encompasses a rich diversity of dance forms that have developed over many centuries in communities throughout England. These traditions are alive and thriving as part of a living...
 
Other Dance traditions
Another unique dance is the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance from Staffordshire. This features the Horn Dancers comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian. A carbon analysis discovered that the antlers used in the dance date...
Songs of May: using folk arts in inclusive settings
In 2019, EFDSS launched Inclusive Folk; a new seven-month pilot project developed to increase access to folk arts opportunities for disabled young people, their friends, family and carers. The project included Folk Unlimited , fortnightly...
   
Beginners' guides
If you are new the world of folk we hope that the guides presented here will help you find out more about English folk music, dance, song, custom, costume and traditions. We will be adding to these over the coming months - so do visit again to find out...
Songs from the James Madison Carpenter Folk Collection
This resource shares the ideas and repertoire EFDSS used as part of our Carpenter Folk Online education projects that took place in 2018. Written by Hazel Askew, the resource features a selection of seven diverse folk songs from the many...
     
Black Sailors and Sea Shanties
Black Sailors and Sea Shanties This pack explores the influence of black sailors on sea shanties and presents three songs with accompanying sheet music, recordings and activities - arranged by artists Adriano Adewale and Hazel Askew. EFDSS is...
   
Folk and Traditional Music: to accompany a performance by the National Youth Folk Ensemble and Leveret
In February 2019, the National Youth Folk Ensemble and acclaimed folk band Leveret presented an interactive performance in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, for local school children and an online audience. The live-streamed show was made in...
 
A Long Time Ago Pulling Chanty
A Long Time Ago - Pulling Chanty A sea shanty arranged in 2 parts, suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils. This song was collected from James Tucker (69 years old) by Cecil Sharp, at Merchant Venturers Alms Houses, Bristol, 14 July 1914....
   
A Sailor's Life Key Stage 1
Written by Hazel Askew and Martha Burns Findlay. This learning resource has been designed to inspire and support primary school teachers and pupils to explore the life of sailors aboard Nelson’s Navy through music, history and literacy, creating...
   
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...
 
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,...
   
Acre of Land
Acre Of Land The word 'ivery' in this song is a dialect pronunciation of the word 'ivy'. My father left me an acre of land There goes this ivery, My father left me an acre of land, And a bunch of green holly and ivery. I ploughed it with my ram’s...
   

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