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At the heart of English folk

EFDSS at WOMAD, 24 to 27 July

The four-day world music festival WOMAD takes place at Charlton Park in Wiltshire. It is has an eclectic line up featuring music from Cuba, Bulgaria, New Zealand and Africa to name but a few.

This year, a specially commissioned EFDSS and WOMAD project will feature on the BBC Radio 3 Charlie Gillett stage on Saturday 26 July at 2pm.

Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons (from the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) will perform new collaborative material rooted in English and American folk traditions that they have created during a short residency at Cecil Sharp House.

They will use the archive collections in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House – including Cecil Sharp’s landmark folk music fieldwork notebooks and diaries from his collecting trips in the Appalachian Mountains to examine how the music changed as it travelled from one continent to another.

The WOMAD appearance will be the culmination of the project, following a three-date tour.

Martin and Dom tour dates: see the results of the collaboration live this summer

23 July – Cecil Sharp House, London
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24 July – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
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25 July – Shoreham on Sea, West Sussex
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26 July – WOMAD, Wiltshire

Martin and Dom's performance is an EFDSS commission, in association with WOMAD, supported by the PRS for Music Foundation.

Maz O’Connor, who has recently completed a creative fellowship with EFDSS funded by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, will perform on the same stage on Sunday 27 July at 2pm.



National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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