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At the heart of English folk
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SocialSharers

Pre-Raphaelite pilgrimage and folk infused party

This autumn the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), the National Trust and Curiocity magazine will be embarking on a day-long pilgrimage from Borough High Street to William Morris' Red House in Bexleyheath, followed by a garden party with folk music, a hog roast and ale.

SocialSharers

Become a Cecil Sharp House Social Sharer

We are looking for two enthusiastic digitally competent social media lovers – Social Sharers – to tweet and blog about their gig-going experiences at Cecil Sharp House throughout the season. We’re running a competition for imaginative and creative social media enthusiasts to win tickets to a selection of gigs promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), presented in association with Songlines magazine.

Folk Song in England: Study Day 'on tour'

Folk Song in England: catch a study day in your region

Unlocking hidden treasures of England's cultural heritage

Join us to explore the roots, development and social impact of English folk song and singers, with a focus on The Full English collections.

From September the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and renowned national folklore expert, lecturer and editor, Steve Roud will hit the road – visiting Lincoln, Leeds, London, Bury, Gateshead, Bristol, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Sheffield – touring day-long Saturday study days.

Cecil Sharp House building project update

Cecil Sharp House building project update from Rosie Baker, Operations Director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

We are now two months into our building project to make Cecil Sharp House more accessible, brighter and lighter. It’s surprisingly not as noisy as we had feared and we are managing to keep on working hard through the noise and dust, although when you add in the summer heat to the equation it can be tricky!

Transforming Cecil Sharp House

Cecil Sharp House building project update from Rosie Baker, Operations Director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

It’s been a month since our building work started to make Cecil Sharp House more accessible and luckily we haven’t been driven crazy yet by noise and dust. (But it’s probably no coincidence that some of our team are taking holiday at the moment!)

There are now holes in walls and a pit has been dug deep to allow for the new lift, which will be completed sometime in October. Having been ripped from the basement and ground floors, we now have an array of clay, bricks, toilets and sinks sitting in the builder’s compound on Gloucester Avenue Gate. It’s fascinating to see the skeleton of the building and how it all fits together beneath the foundations.