Archivist David Plant writes:
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw, one of the foremost composers and collectors of folk song and dance of the twentieth century. Through his performances, his teaching and his research, Pat became a popular and committed ambassador for the folk music tradition, and performed numerous times at Cecil Sharp House. Pat Shaw’s archive has been fully catalogued and is available to researchers in our Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. EFDSS will soon be hosting events in Pat’s honour, so now seems a fitting time to examine his career and his legacy.
Four individuals and a family group are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Gold Badges are given for unique or outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, distinguished service to EFDSS and/or exceptional contributions to EFDSS’ work.
A special event at Cecil Sharp House will explore the musical landscape of 19th century southwest Ireland, through tunes drawn from Goodman’s outstanding manuscript collection.
The concert, on Thursday 5 October, sees fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Uillean piper Caoimhín Ó Fearghail perform a selection of the 2300 tunes in the collection, against a visually stimulating backdrop by artist Michael Fortune. Narration from ITMA Director, Grace Toland, will guide the audience through their musical journey.
James Goodman (1828−1896), a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a canon of the Church of Ireland and Professor of Irish at Trinity College Dublin. His exceptional music and song manuscript collection is held in Trinity College Dublin and was published in two volumes entitled Tunes From the Munster Pipers, in 1998 and 2013 respectively. In 2016, the combined efforts of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Trinity College Dublin made the manuscripts available online for the first time. These can be explored on the ITMA website.
Tunes of the Munster Pipers is presented by ITMA / Irish Heritage, in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
Tickets: £20 (£10 for under 30s) including reception and programme
Tickets can be booked online via the ‘DONATE’ button on the Irish Heritage website.
Autumn may be upon us, but fine memories of the summer’s festivals prevail. In this edition, you can read reviews by some of our contributors, plus find out what festivals are taking place in our autumn festival guide.
This summer we’re celebrating the first year of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. The Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music, and to work with leading folk artists.