All of us at the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and thousands more throughout the folk scene, have been saddened to hear of the death of Tom Paley at the age of 89.
Music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions: The traditional folk arts have been a huge part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK for hundreds of years. We’re here to make sure that they don’t die out.
Last year we awarded seed funding to the fantastic singer and songwriter Germa Adan. Ahead of her performance at Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday 11 October, we are offering you the chance to win a copy of her new mini-album Kenbe Fem (Hold Firm).
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.