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At the heart of English folk
Askew Sisters

English Dance & Song, Autumn 2014

The featured singers in the Singer, Song and Source series are The Askew Sisters – Hazel and Emily – who have become popular and much-respected performers, as a duo, and in various other musical collaborations. The song is the appropriately-titled, I Would that the Wars Were Well Over, which was noted from Devon singer, Sam Fone, in the 1890s by Sabine Baring-Gould. The Askew Sisters’ version of the song is included on their most recent CD, In the Air or the Earth. Sophie Parkes writes on the Askews and Martin Graebe on Sam Fone.

The main focus of this issue is The Full English learning programme, which reached its climax in the early summer. EFDSS Chief Executive, Katy Spicer, gives an overview of the programme, there is a summary of the schools’ projects, a report from the national conference From Archives to Action! The Full English National Showcase Conference held in Birmingham, a summary of community and family activities, information of the Education Resource Bank and a report on the Archive Days.

In the first of an occasional series of articles related to the centenary commemorations of the First World War, the concert show and CD – Made in the Great War – led by musician Sam Sweeney is previewed.

There is a feature on the departing Library Director, Malcolm Taylor.

EFDSS Operations Director, Rosie Baker, looks at the history of Kennedy Hall in Cecil Sharp House and sets out the plans for the major refurbishment of the hall.

Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.


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