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At the heart of English folk

English folk at WOMEX 2013

As part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) strategic showcase programme, we head to WOMEX 13 - the world music expo - which took place in Cardiff between 23 and 27 October. Three of the EFDSS team (Katy Spicer, Chief Executive; Neil Pearson, Artist Development and Programming Manager; and Sophia Linehan, Marketing & Communications Director) attended the conference, promoting England 's thriving traditional folk music to music buyers from venues and festivals, as well as musicians, from around the world. WOMEX had not been in the UK since 2005, when Gateshead played host, so this was a great opportunity to spotlight folk and traditional music from the British Isles on a world-class platform.

38 Degrees petition to protect the UK’s traditional cultural heritage

38 Degrees are lobbying Government to speed up the process of ratifying the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Traditions agreement on behalf of the UK.

Drunken Sailor: final event in the ‘Music of the Sea’ season

The final event in the Music of the Sea season of rousing, traditional maritime music events, co-curated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the National Maritime Museum (NMM), will take place this Thursday.

Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery in English Dance & Song magazine

Lady Maisery

The all-female trio of singers and instrumentalists, Lady Maisery, have been causing a stir at festivals and concerts over the last year or so.


Become a Cecil Sharp House Social Sharer

We are looking for two enthusiastic digitally competent social media lovers – Social Sharers – to tweet and blog about their gig-going experiences at Cecil Sharp House throughout the season. We’re running a competition for imaginative and creative social media enthusiasts to win tickets to a selection of gigs promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), presented in association with Songlines magazine.