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At the heart of English folk

Next Folk Educators Group meeting on 25 June at Colston Hall, Bristol

The next Folk Educators Group (FEG) one-day meeting takes place this Thursday 25 June at Colston Hall in Bristol and will be hosted by Bristol Plays Music, the city’s music education hub.

The action-packed day, themed around working with technology, has been programmed in partnership with youth folk arts organisation Shooting Roots and will be chaired by Steph West of Shooting Roots with Kerry Fletcher, FEG Coordinator. Attendance is free to FEG members, so sign up here to enrol and take part in the meeting.

The day will get off to a lively, musical start with Bristol Ceilidh Quartet, a ceilidh band based in Bristol, during the morning registration and networking session.

Following introductions, Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director, and Sarah Jones, Programme Manager, will be giving an update on EFDSS’ progress towards establishing a national youth folk music ensemble.

Dr Simon Keegan-Phipps and Dr Cinzia Yates from Digital Folk will introduce the Digital Folk research project and discuss its aims. Steve Rowley, Alison Rowley and John Sandall will give a practical session teaching skills required to set up a website. John Sandall will appear with Steph West to give an insight into how Shooting Roots uses online tools and social media. The Shooting Roots team will then give a practical session of activities from the folk project. This is followed by a second practical session by John Sandall with Steve Rowley and Alison Rowley on WordPress.

In the afternoon there will be a panel discussing ‘How organisations and venues engage, or would like to engage with folk arts and practitioners’. Panel speakers include: Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music (BPM); Laurie Stewart, Vocal and Instrumental Strategy Manager for BPM; Gavin Davenport, Marketing Officer at Halsway Manor and experienced folk artist and educator; and Steph West and Maia Ayling of Shooting Roots.  

As well as information sharing and discussion, there’ll be some singing, dancing and live music; so bring your instruments, voices and dancing shoes!

Following the meeting, there will be an evening music and dancing session at The Shakespeare Tavern on Princes Street in Bristol, where the networking, fun and conversation can continue.

Folk Educators Group

The Folk Educators Group is a national networking group of folk arts educators from across England and beyond, facilitated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).  Established in March 2011 the Group has become a rapidly growing network committed to promoting high quality folk arts education and supporting the practitioners who deliver it.

For more information and to sign up to take part click here.






National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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