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At the heart of English folk
Winter-Spring season of music announced

Winter-Spring season of music announced at Cecil Sharp House

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched its musical line up for the Winter-Spring season at Cecil Sharp House in London – England’s national folk arts centre.

Programme highlights include:

  • Ten Thousand Times Adieu – a day-long event on 24 January to celebrate the life, work and legacy of Bob Copper featuring film screenings, sing-arounds and presentations culminating in a special concert with some of the biggest names on today’s folk scene
  • The UK premiere of Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders featuring some of the biggest names in the poetry, music and literature worlds on 31 January, including EFDSS president Shirley Collins
  • Irish songstress Cara Dillon performing songs from her latest album A Thousand Hearts on 12 February
  • A Blowzabella Day on 21 March featuring a range of workshops and an evening dance
  • The Cecil Sharp House premiere of Scottish singer Eddi Reader, who will perform much loved classics alongside songs from her Back the Dogs EP on 24 March

Time Out readers voted Cecil Sharp House as the second best place in London to see live music in the 2014 London Music Awards.

Maz O’Connor & Coach House Company

Saturday 17 January, 7.30pm | Book now

Ten Thousand Times Adieu: Bob Copper Centenary Event

Saturday 24 January, from 2pm | Book now

Folk Rising, Experience the future sound of folk

Thursdays 29 January | 19 February, 7.30pm | Book now

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders

Saturday 31 January, 7.30pm | Book now

Cara Dillon

Thursday 12 February, 7.30pm | Book now

Ballads Night: Broken Hearted Ballads

Saturday 14 February, 7.30pm | Book now

Ballads Night: Borderlands

Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm | Book now

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Thursday 12 March, 7.30pm | Book now

Blowzabella Day

Saturday 21 March, 10am | Book now

Eddi Reader

Tuesday 24 March, 7.30pm | Book now

Boo Hewerdine and Kris Drever

Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm | Book now

Fabian Holland

Thursday 23 April, 7.30pm | Book now

Kate Rusby

Saturday 25 April, 7.30pm | Book now


Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm | Book now

“The Winter-Spring season features some unique events just for audiences at Cecil Sharp House such as the celebration of Bob Copper, the Blowzabella day, the results of two special Ballad commissions and Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders.

“These special shows combined with the stunning line up of established artists such as Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine and Kris Drever and Cara Dillon and some of the finest younger musicians offer our visitors an amazing choice of live music.”

EFDSS Programming Manager, Neil Pearson




National Youth Folk Ensemble

National Youth Folk Ensemble


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