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At the heart of English folk
National Youth Folk Ensemble

Registration for National Youth Folk Ensemble Sampler Days 2018 now open

Registration is now open for the National Youth Folk Ensemble free Sampler Days taking place across the country in May and June 2018.

Musicians in Museums are selected

Six excellent artists have been selected as musicians in residence at museums in Wakefield, Greenwich and Reading in an ambitious new scheme run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, with funding from Help Musicians.

New Roots

New Roots competition for young musicians open for entries

The long-running New Roots competition for young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally-based music is open for entries for 2018.

Graeme Miles Bursary is awarded to Alasdair Paul

The Graeme Miles Bursary is designed to develop the careers of emerging folk artists or groups from or based in the North East of England. The bursary is funded and administered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and funded by The Unthanks through fundraising concerts.

The 2017 award of £1,200 has been presented to Alasdair Paul, who was chosen by a selection panel including Adrian McNally and Rachel Unthank from The Unthanks.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Perry. The fiddler is Richard Sharp of the Boxgrove Tipteers and the ladies are dancing ‘The Black Nag’ in the garden of Richard Sharp’s house in Chichester.

Call for Papers: Locating Women in 'The Folk'

Perspectives on women's contributions to folk song, folklore and cultural traditions

Saturday 9 June 2018, University of Sussex