Folk song, the everyday music of the common people as passed from generation to generation, has been highly debated ever since the first attempts by early collectors to define it.
It has been performed, collected, researched, and unpicked, and the defining qualities which make it unique continue to stimulate current debate and approaches to collecting.
The Folklore Society is celebrating non-print media publications originating in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland with their biennial prize, established in 2014.
A renowned folk collection that was recorded around Britain over seventy-five years ago and has been stored in America ever since has been brought to new online audiences, thanks to a project led by the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute in partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
We're willing away the cold weather by looking forward to our exciting summer programme of music, featuring a wonderful mix of well-established legends of the folk scene and up-and-coming artists.
Three grants of up to £1000 each are to be awarded to promising young artists by the Alan Surtees Trust, set up in memory of the much-loved Shrewsbury Folk Festival Director.