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At the heart of English folk

Music of the Sea: a season of rousing, traditional maritime folk music events

To celebrate the opening Nelson, Navy, Nation – a new National Maritime Museum (NMM) permanent gallery that tells the story of the Royal Navy and the British people between 1688–1815 on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 2013 – the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) the National Maritime Museum (NMM) have co-curated Music of the Sea.

The season was co-curated in collaboration between NMM staff, led by Andrea Cunningham, Head of Informal Learning & Access, and James Davey, Curator of Naval History, with EFDSS staff, Malcolm Taylor, Library Director and Rachel Elliott, Education Director. Scholar Roy Palmer, helped to inform the selection of songs, and Neil Pearson, EFDSS Artist Development and Programming Manager, the artists.’


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.


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!