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At the heart of English folk
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.


Pre-order your copy on the EFDSS Folkshop now


"A bold triumph of imagination and musicianship from eight of the UK's top folk musicians ..."
Daily Telegraph

"Intricate, thoughtful and ingenious music making ..."
English Dance & Song (EDS)


With a 5 star review from The Times and a 4 star review from The Guardian, The Elizabethan Session is one of the most anticipated albums of 2014.

The Elizabethan SessionThis 14 track CD showcases the multi artist commission inspired by the music, the people, the myths and the stories of the Elizabethan age.

Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton and early music specialist Emily Askew, lived and worked together for five days in March 2014, absorbing the spirit of the era and translating it into outstanding new music.

Produced by Andy Bell (The Full English) and recorded at Hatfield’s Old Palace and Cecil Sharp House, The Elizabethan Session has been featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, The Independent, and reviewed in The Guardian, Times, R2, fRoots, Living Tradition and Songlines.

The Elizabethan Session was supported with funding from Arts Council England and the PRS Music Foundation.


“Alchemy yielded gold from the very beginning … a stunning and unforgettable evening.”
Clive Davis, The Times *****



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