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At the heart of English folk
Eliza Carthy

MBE for EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is delighted that our Vice President Eliza Carthy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to music.


Eliza, 38, has been awarded an MBE. Twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and winner of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards among many other awards, Eliza is recognised as a boundary crossing musician.

She became our Vice President in 2008 and is a committed folk music educator, who has recently taken up the role of Folkworks Artistic Associate at Sage Gateshead.


EFDSS Chief Executive Katy Spicer said: “Everyone at EFDSS is extremely delighted that Eliza has been recognised for her enormous contribution to traditional English folk music as a performer, composer and advocate.”

“She is a great role model for the folk arts community.”


Eliza CarthyKeynote speaker

Eliza will be one of the keynote speakers at our national showcase From Archives to Action! Making folk arts relevant in schools and beyond at the Town Hall, Birmingham, on Wednesday 25 June.

The conference will share the outcomes of the nationwide creative learning programme for schools as part of EFDSS’ The Full English project.

The conference will be an inspirational day of performances, presentations and discussions celebrating high quality folk arts projects in schools and is a must attend event for anyone working in the education, culture or heritage sectors who wants to learn how folk dance, song, music and drama can be used to enhance learning in the school curriculum at key stages 1 to 5 (young people aged 5 - 18 years).

The day will include:

  • Performances featuring hundreds of children and young people from 19 schools, showcasing their diverse creative work folk song, music, dance or drama, demonstrating the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum, from key stages 1 - 5
  • Speakers uncovering the inspiration that lies in our heritage and traditions
  • Networking opportunities to discuss working with intangible cultural heritage
  • Introduction to free online resources for educators to use in their work

Tickets, which are £60, can be booked through Eventbrite.

National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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