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At the heart of English folk

Building works continue at Cecil Sharp House

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

The team at Cecil Sharp House would like to thank you all for your patience during the most disruptive of weeks we have had so far since the building works started!


Live Music Now: deepening folk roots

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is proud to be supporting Live Music Now in their efforts to expand their network of folk and traditional musicians they work with.

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

BBC Young Folk Award 2014

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.


Eileen Phelan, founder of Sidmouth FolkWeek, dies aged 90

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.


Funding opportunity: The Mars Milk Fund

Calling all folk artists, singers, dancers and clubs!

Food manufacturer Mars has announced that it is awarding four grants of £300 to clubs, groups and individuals every week until 6 October 2013. The aim of the Mars Milk Fund is to encourage people to be more active, to try something new or simply keeping alive some of the nation’s favourite sports and hobbies.