The cover feature in the Singer, Song and Source series is The Dovetail Trio, three young musicians – Rosie Hood, Matt Quinn and Jamie Roberts – singing the song ‘The Two Magicians’. The source is Mr Sparkes, a blacksmith from Minehead who was visited by Cecil Sharp in 1904.
Watch The Dovetail Trio singing ‘The Two Magicians’ here:
EFDSS President, Shirley Collins, recently celebrated her 80th birthday, and as a prelude to the celebratory event at Cecil Sharp House on 31 October, there is an affectionate tribute by former Library Director Malcolm Taylor.
The EFDSS’ sister organisation in the USA, the Country Dance and Song Society, celebrates its centenary this year, and CDSS Communications Director, Caroline Batson, looks back at its history and this year’s anniversary celebrations.
There is a range of Country Dance and Song Society videos on their own YouTube channel:
There is another American theme in the article Old Songs and Old-Time Songs, in which Steve Roud examines British folk songs in America.
There is an article on EFDSS’ new performance initiative, Sweet Liberties, which will be touring in the autumn. The London Youth Folk Ensemble – based at Cecil Sharp House – has now been operating for two years, and is the subject of a feature. Dave Leverton’s Gold Badge citation is also included.
The London Youth Folk Ensemble’s The Takeover can be seen here:
A 19th century tune manuscript from the Shropshire/Staffordshire border compiled by William Titley of Pave Lane, is featured, and there is a review article on the song book The Wanton Seed.
There is an article on Hannah James’ new solo folk dance, music and song show, Jig Doll, a feature on the new folk dance programme at Sidmouth FolkWeek, and BACCApipes in Keighley is the latest club in the regular folk club series.
Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.