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At the heart of English folk
Maz O'Connor

Interview: Maz O'Connor

Ahead of her gig at Cecil Sharp House on 30 January, we ask Maz O'Connor about her year-long BBC Performing Art Fund Fellowship with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), her 2013 highlights and what lies in store for the coming year.

English folk at WOMEX 2013

As part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) strategic showcase programme, we head to WOMEX 13 - the world music expo - which took place in Cardiff between 23 and 27 October. Three of the EFDSS team (Katy Spicer, Chief Executive; Neil Pearson, Artist Development and Programming Manager; and Sophia Linehan, Marketing & Communications Director) attended the conference, promoting England 's thriving traditional folk music to music buyers from venues and festivals, as well as musicians, from around the world. WOMEX had not been in the UK since 2005, when Gateshead played host, so this was a great opportunity to spotlight folk and traditional music from the British Isles on a world-class platform.

38 Degrees petition to protect the UK’s traditional cultural heritage

38 Degrees are lobbying Government to speed up the process of ratifying the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Traditions agreement on behalf of the UK.

Festive opening times

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) offices will close at 1pm on Tuesday 24 December, reopening on Thursday 2 January from 9.30am.

Drunken Sailor: final event in the ‘Music of the Sea’ season

The final event in the Music of the Sea season of rousing, traditional maritime music events, co-curated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the National Maritime Museum (NMM), will take place this Thursday.