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At the heart of English folk
"Cordeliere and Regent" by Unknown, photo from Mary Rose Trust - David Childs, The Warship

Black Sailors and Sea Shanties - new learning resource for Black History Month

As part of English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) mission to celebrate diversity and promote equality we are happy to announce that we have produced our first learning resource in celebration of Black History Month. EFDSS is here to champion the English folk arts – music, song, dance and related art forms and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK. We are keen to explore links between English folk traditions and those from further a field.

Malcolm Taylor

Recipients of the Malcolm Taylor grant for Folk Collections announced

We are delighted to announce two recipients of the inaugural Malcolm Taylor Grant for Folk Collections.

Shirley Collins announces her first album in over 35 years

Current EFDSS President and legendary folk singer Shirley Collins has announced her return to recording after 38 years. The new album, Lodestar, will be released on November 4th, and with it, Shirley has created the unlikeliest release of the century so far.

Invicta Primary School

How folk arts inspired learning with museums: new resources from The Full English Extra

Through The Full English Extra learning programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, museum and folk educators have worked together over the past year to create powerful new learning experiences shedding light on Britain’s rural, mining and maritime heritage.

Heidi Talbot

EDS feature: Five minutes with Heidi Talbot

Natalya Catton Wilson catches up with Heidi Talbot for a chat before she heads off on her autumn tour at the end of September.