He was heavily involved with the Sidmouth Festival in the 1960s and 70s when, at different times, he ran the folk song events in the Beach Store, and the dance swappers club at which English dancers and members of the international dance teams learned each other’s dances. He served for several terms, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s, on the Board (previously known as National Executive) of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), including a period as vice-chair. He was also involved in the early years of Folk Camps.
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Live Music Now (LMN), the UK's leading musician development and outreach charity, is recruiting new soloists and bands. They are looking for brilliant artists at the start of their careers, who communicate well with audiences. Sound like you, or someone you know? Read on!
BBC Radio 2 is once again searching for outstanding young musicians and singers and inviting them to enter the 2014 Young Folk Award.
The Young Folk Award is Radio 2's annual search for the UK's most talented young performers of folk, roots or acoustic music from any culture. The contest is open to soloists, duos and groups, aged between 16 and 21, and resident in the UK.
Just prior to this year’s Sidmouth FolkWeek the death was announced of Eileen Phelan at the age of 90, who was the founder of the FolkWeek. Eileen got the festival off the ground when she was working for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) as one of its regional officers.