by Michael Betteridge, 15 year old work experience participant, and performer in the London Youth Folk Ensemble.
The meeting at Chelmsford’s Civic Centre was my first experience of the Folk Educators Group, and I found it incredibly eye-opening and a very good exploration of the whole range of folk education. The educators present had very eclectic backgrounds and ways of teaching, from the kind of music they grew up with, to the exercises they use in classrooms. It felt to me like everybody present was genuinely dedicated to their work, and interested in exploring how folk is taught.
A write up of Cecil Sharp House's first Youth Ceilidh on 27 November 2016 by Rowan Collinson, EFDSS Youth Forum member
On Sunday 27th November, Cecil Sharp House held its first ever Youth Ceilidh. Organised by the newly formed Youth Forum, it aimed to bring together 12-19 year olds from around London for an afternoon of music, dancing and cake!
A review of Gilmore & Roberts 26 October 2016 gig by Aaron Cuthbertson, EFDSS Youth Forum member
Gilmore Roberts is described as a contemporary folk/acoustic duo, which, while accurate, doesn’t even begin to describe their unique sound. The concert launched by diving straight into the first song; it was a strong start to say the least. Katriona introduced the show briefly over the music, before the first two songs continued. Between songs there were plenty of jokes and interesting stories, (mostly while they tuned their instruments of course) and it never felt like there was a lull in the concert.