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At the heart of English folk
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Germa Adan

CD Competition: Germa Adan

Last year we awarded seed funding to the fantastic singer and songwriter Germa Adan. Ahead of her performance at Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday 11 October, we are offering you the chance to win a copy of her new mini-album Kenbe Fem (Hold Firm).

Remembering Pat Shaw

Archivist David Plant writes:

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw, one of the foremost composers and collectors of folk song and dance of the twentieth century. Through his performances, his teaching and his research, Pat became a popular and committed ambassador for the folk music tradition, and performed numerous times at Cecil Sharp House. Pat Shaw’s archive has been fully catalogued and is available to researchers in our Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. EFDSS will soon be hosting events in Pat’s honour, so now seems a fitting time to examine his career and his legacy.

Gold Badge recipients 2017 announced

Four individuals and a family group are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).  Gold Badges are given for unique or outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, distinguished service to EFDSS and/or exceptional contributions to EFDSS’ work.

Tunes of the Munster Pipers

‘Tunes of the Munster Pipers’ event showcases tunes from the James Goodman Collection

A special event at Cecil Sharp House will explore the musical landscape of 19th century southwest Ireland, through tunes drawn from Goodman’s outstanding manuscript collection.

English Dance & Song, Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017 issue of EDS magazine out now

Autumn may be upon us, but fine memories of the summer’s festivals prevail. In this edition, you can read reviews by some of our contributors, plus find out what festivals are taking place in our autumn festival guide.