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At the heart of English folk
Made in the Great War

Sam Sweeney’s Made in the Great War

During September 2014, Bellowhead musician, Sam Sweeney, will be on tour with a concert show called Made in the Great War, based on the story of a fiddle he bought at an Oxford music shop several years ago.

The Elizabethan Session

The Elizabethan Session album released 8 September

The Elizabethan Session album - the results of a joint commission by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and Folk by the Oak - will be officially released on Monday 8 September 2014.

Letters Through Your Door

Win signed copy of David Gibb’s latest album ‘Letters Through Your Door'

Ahead of David Gibb’s performance of his brand new family show ‘Letters Through Your Door’, presented by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and National Trust London, on Saturday 6 September at Sutton House in Hackney we’re giving you the chance to win an exclusive signed copy of his latest album.

More Morris, Better Morris

More Morris, Better Morris conference

Was a dynamic day of presentations and practical sessions on the delivery of high-quality morris dance workshops, both in school and out.

Held on Sunday 2 November 2014 at Cecil Sharp House, London, NW1 7AY

Inspiring future generations of morris dancers

The conference was aimed at experienced morris dancers, teachers and morris sides, and offered a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the delivery of great morris dancing sessions to young people!

Workshop leaders, presenters and speakers included practitioners from across England who are experienced in teaching morris to young people, including:

  • Damien BarberBobak WalkerWill Hampson and Bryony Griffith (from The Demon Barbers XL and The Lock In dance show)
  • John Bacon and Ann Bacon (from Plumpton School's Black Brook Morris)
  • Laurel Swift and Ben Moss (from Morris Offspring)
  • Sue Bousfield, (Champion Clog Step dancer and Singleton Cloggers North West Morris)
  • Gordon Phillips and Nicky Stockman (from Our World Festivals)
  • Liam Robinson (from The Mini Morris Company)
  • Dave Leverton (from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England)
  • Kim Woodward and John Clifford (from The Great Caper).

Content was across a range of morris and sword dance traditions and styles, and included topics such as:

  • Delivery in primary and secondary education and links to the curriculum
  • Setting up and running groups in out-of-school settings
  • What an inspiring morris dance workshop looks like for children and young people and current best practice in dance education
  • Safe practice – looking after the bodies of young dancers at different stages of their development
  • Kitbag – ideas, information and resources on planning and structuring sessions, writing a CV, insurance and safeguarding issues


More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond programme (pdf)

More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond flyer (pdf)

More Morris, Better Morris, review - Jack Worth (word)

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with the Morris FederationOpen MorrisThe Morris Ring, (The Joint Morris Organisations), supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Anglo Canadian artist exchanges line up autumn tours

Two UK tours featuring English and Canadian artists in unique collaborations will take place this Autumn. English folk musicians Bella Hardy and Dan Walsh team up with Canadian counterparts Cara Luft and Meaghan Blanchard.