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At the heart of English folk

Five-date tour for Sam Carter & Catherine MacLellan this October

Anglo-Canadian Collaboration to tour UK

The results of an Anglo-Canadian collaboration by England’s Sam Carter and Canadian Catherine MacLellan will be premiered in the UK in October with a five-date tour.

Building works continue at Cecil Sharp House this September

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

Its nearly the end of the September and what a month it has been! If you have visited us recently you will have noticed that the foyer works have been unavoidably delayed and so we still have a floating reception desk and the entrance is usually through one of the back doors, so please follow the signs to find your way in! Thankfully this will only last another week and we will be working from a lovely new desk from Thursday 3 October. This ties in nicely with our first concert of the season in Kennedy Hall, Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who will be performing that same night so if you are coming along you will be the first to see the transformation.

Youth Folk Ensemble

New London-wide Youth Folk Ensemble to launch

Part of a Youth Music funded programme to include taster sessions across London boroughs

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is launching a new London Youth Folk Ensemble for young musicians, thanks to a £64,937 grant from the National Foundation for Youth Music. The Ensemble, for improving and advanced players aged 12 to 18 years, is part of a wider programme that will include holiday courses and taster sessions across nine London boroughs taking place over the next two years.


The Full English Learning Programme

19 English schools take part in unique folk arts projects to engage pupils with their local cultural heritage.

Nineteen schools across England have been selected to take part in a unique learning programme inspired by The Full English, the most comprehensive free searchable digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.

Griff Jones: funeral details

The death has been announced of Griff Jones at the age of 86 years. A dancer and musician with the Lutterworth Morris Men, he also taught a boys’ team at the local grammar school where he was a teacher.

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.