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Saturday, November 19th, 2011
12:10 pm
2nd Great British Folk Festival
At Butlins in Skegness in December no less :)

~23 acts listed over 3 days. Their Spa looks kinda nice too.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
1:24 am
More sad news
After the passing of Bert Jansch, now sadly we have lost Jackie Leven in the same way.



Current Mood: melancholy
Thursday, December 30th, 2010
2:58 pm
The 1st Great British Folk Festival
I missed this event being advertised but thankfully allan has done a comprehensive review HERE. Includes audio interviews with main artists.

I look forward to next years event which is already being planned and you can probably already buy tickets via the Butlins website (Adult weekends, Dec 2011). Now that's organised!
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
4:40 pm
Just a question. My theatre group wrote and recorded a load of sea shanties and folk songs as part of a musical a couple of years ago. We currently have some of them up on soundclick.com as free listen/ pay per mp3 download. But we are having a fundraising stall next spring at a festival of street theatre and historical re-enactments, where we are performing, and after a lot of good feedback on our recordings, wanted to make them into CDs to sell.

Now the technical situation I am looking for help with. Both I, and a couple of the other committee members have tried burning CDs, which then work on some CD players but not on others. This goes for all of us, and someone else we know who has the same issue with home-made CDs from thier band as well. The CDs tend to be fine in DVD players, PCs, car stereos, home stereo systems, but dont work for example in some PA systems (but fine in others) and not at all in ghetto blasters.

As a nonprofit group operating on a shoestring, we cant afford to go and get loads of CDs professionally made, and to be honest we only want to produce about 20 or 30, what we know we can sell; so can anyone suggest a way around this issue? we have tried three different brands of CD (TDK, Verbatim and Tuffdisc), and to burn the CDs in Adobe Audition, Windows Media Player, Record Now, and NCH Express Burn, but the result is always the same.
Monday, May 25th, 2009
6:08 pm
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Moderated by:
xhellsfirex & hadathought
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
11:15 am
Fairport and pals rise to the occasion

The Teenage Cancer Trust gigs take place from 24 - 29 March at Albert Hall in London.

Current Mood: 17℃
Thursday, May 8th, 2008
4:24 pm
What the Folk? Lectures at Cecil Sharp House [XPosted]
As part of the ongoing Saturday Morning Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House, EFDSS are sponsoring a series of lectures on first and third Saturdays at Cecil Sharp House. Here are the dates and titles of upcoming lectures.

All lectures begin at 1pm, and the cost to attend is £5 on the door.

This land of custom: Same time, same place, next year
(The May Fete is also occurring on this date.)

JUNE 7 -- Archive films from the VWML collection

Songs and stories of southern country gypsies

Sex, drink and death in English folk song

Stepping out in East Anglia: Keeping it alive

What the Folk? Seminars in the Folk Arts
Explore the breadth, depth and wealth of folk culture.

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
11:55 am
Camden Clog Day of Dance, 12 April 2008 [xposted]
Sorry for all the announcements, folks: there's just a lot going on at Cecil Sharp House right now!

Join us in London for a whole day of stepping. Camden Clog
are running beginner, intermediate and advanced clog
dancing classes; and Thrales Rapper are running a sword
dancing workshop for all abilities. Step dancing is intricate,
fun and good exercise!

10am to 5.15pm 12 April 2008
£15/£10 unwaged

Ticket holders will also be entitled to reduced admission
to some events at Cecil Sharp House on the Friday and
Saturday nights. Details of hostel accomodation available.
For more information go to www.camdenclog.org.uk
For a booking form email Camden Clog at info@camdenclog.org.uk or phone
Cecil Sharp House on 020 7485 2206 or go to www.camdenclog.org.uk
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road,
London NW1 7AY 020 7485 2206

Current Mood: busy
10:52 am
Saturday Morning Workshops at Cecil Sharp House begin on 19 April

The English Folk Dance and Song Society is proud to announce a series of Saturday workshops at Cecil Sharp House. The workshops are set to begin on 19 April 2008. Sessions are geared toward beginners, although students of all levels of experience are welcome. Classes will occur on the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 10.30-12.30 at Cecil Sharp House in Camden Town. The series will feature widely renowned teachers, lecturers, and workshop leaders. Instruction will be offered in banjo, piano accordion, and voice . Each day will include both classes and lectures, with classes in the morning and lectures following. Please see the EFDSS web page for more information.

Classes will run for two terms. The first term will begin on 19 April and end on 19 July, and the second will begin 6 September and run through 12 December. Instructors include Ed Hicks (banjo), Paul Hutchinson (Accordion), Sam Lee (voice), and Tim van Eyken (voice). Lecturers include Malcolm Taylor, Vic Gammon , Doc Rowe, Shirley Collins, John Howson, and Reg Hall.

Places in the workshops are limited, so advance booking is recommended. Some instruments may be available for students who do not have their own; please call Cecil Sharp House on 0208 485 2206 to enquire about instruments or to book a place.

Cecil Sharp House is located at 2 Regents Park Road, Camden Town, NW1 7AY. For directions, please visit www.efdss.org . The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library will be open on Saturday workshop days.

Lecture Series Dates and Topics
Date		Lecturer			Subject
19/4		Malcolm Taylor	This Folk Melée: Collectors, manuscripts, the oral tradition,  and how to look beyond the dust
3/5		Reg Hall		Irish Music in Camden Town
17/5		Doc Rowe		This land of custom: same time, same place, next year
7/6		Appleby Fair		
21/6		Shirley Collins	Songs and stories of southern country gypsies
5/7		Vic Gammon		Sex, drink and death in English folk song
19/7		John Howsen	Stepping out in East Anglia: keeping it alive

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
9:58 am
Young Coppers CD Launch at Cecil Sharp House TONIGHT! [xposted]
Doors open at 7:30.

The Young Coppers are the 'younger generation' of the Copper Family. Their first CD is now out and tonight is their official launch here at Cecil Sharp House.

Tickets on the door are £8. We're not sold out, so if you can come along, please do!
Monday, January 14th, 2008
9:59 am
Traditionally-focused music, song, and dance competitions? [xposted]
As part of my work for EFDSS, I've been asked to put together a list of traditionally-focused music, song, and dance competitions in the UK, with an eye to those with a national scope (although we'd like to look at healthy regional competitions as well).

We're interested in sponsoring some prizes for these awards, but we can't do that if we don't know what they are!

Is there a listing anywhere (various google searches haven't come up with one, so I'm not hopeful) of competitions? Even a listing of competitions for specific instruments would be great.

If you know of a list, or of a competition I might not have heard of (or even one you're sure I msut have heard of!) please leave it in a comment?

Gwen Knighton
Marketing and Publicity
English Folk Dance and Song Society
Thursday, January 10th, 2008
9:30 am
About the best folk club in the world
A wee student audio doco about the Devonport Folk Club (New Zealand), aired on NZ National Radio:


njoy :)

Current Mood: recumbent
Thursday, October 25th, 2007
11:54 pm
Auckland Folk Festival, New Zealand
The lineup for the next Auckland Folk Festival, held in January 2008, has been announced.


For those interested... it usually rains on the Friday, burns over the weekend and then turns weird again on the Monday of the long holiday weekend. But the atmosphere is great. This is a small festival of a few thousand ppl held on an Agricultural Showground site. Kiwi's are self-sufficient, there is no beer tent, you bring your own food and drink. Not the best festival for late night/all night jamming sessions for some reason. But you never know. Just depends who's there.
Friday, September 14th, 2007
2:35 am
Folky Listy things happening in Scotland
Yon lucky Scottish folks should try tae catch Davey Graham.

I also learnt fae the wonderful List magazine website:
- that Eliza is currently based in Embra toon. Gosh, how it has changed since I jumped ship over a decade ago noo.
- The Cowboy Junkies are playing their 'Trinity' in the Queens Hall. Now that should be sublime.
- that there's a band called 'Hud Yer Wheesht'. Awesome, just awesome name!
- Martyn Bennett tribute night at the Queens Hall, Embra. Is his mother still alive, anyone know?
- Shooglenifty are playing the gorgeous Universal Hall up at Findhorn.
- There are more Metal/Rock gigs happening in NZ than Scotland... but it's all hush hush.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
8:30 pm
Cambridge FF 07
So nobody here went to the Cambridge folk festival last week then? Well apparently there were lots of spare tickets for sale on the tree at the event. I guess lots of ppl didn't fancy the weather. It wasn't so bad, and the reduced number of people was enjoyed by everyone who was there I'm sure.

My various pals there have reported highlights such as:

- Rachel Unthank and the Winterset
- Finally playing in the Club Tent
- Seeing the tits of the gorgeous girl in the tent behind us
- The Guinness Tent
- Show of Hands
- Just being there

Various photo's are starting to appear in the public domain, like here at Flickr for example.

Enjoy. I know it's been a bit of a damp squib as far as weather at UK festivals has gone so far this year. But hey, keep sharing. The rest of us who can't be there still like to hear all about it. :)
8:23 pm
Plant, Krauss to release album this autumn
In the wider definition of folk...

press releaseCollapse )
Monday, August 6th, 2007
3:00 am
broken wrists
sorry, i havent been in to post.
aghh there is nothin worse is there, my man who is the main man of the band, has broken his wrist, so cannot play, and in two weeks we have the ketches farm do (weekend of folk, farmers, and rural activities possibley around by the bar)
been searching for a guitarist but everyone doing something, isnt it always the way.
anyway if anyone wants to come and laugh i mean support, drink and eat roast piggy, and are in around east sussex. on the 18th august and have nothing else to do, its down ketches lane, the road oppisite trading boundaries. sheffield park.
of course if you are a guitarist who can play everything, please wave and i will buy your drinks all night.
Thursday, May 17th, 2007
5:46 pm
BBC Looking For Traditional Dancers
Cecil Sharp House got a call from the BBC this afternoon, and they asked us to pass this information along. Please get in touch with us if you'd like us to pass along your information to the BBC.

To all traditional dancers:

The BBC have contacted EFDSS to try and find traditional dancers to take part in their new series "Dance EX. "

This is a TV competition from the same producers as "Strictly Come Dancing". The BBC feel that traditional dance is not being represented in the auditions they have held so far, and they would welcome any dancers from the Morris/Clog and country dance tradition. They mentioned that traditional dress/costume is a bonus and that groups or solo dancers can audition although they are looking for individuals.

The auditions take place this Saturday 19th of May and next Saturday the 26th of May at the BBC television centre from 9.00am.

ETA: BBC guy rang back and said they are only happening this Saturday. Usual BBC notice of anything; they want it yesterday.

If you are interested in taking part please contact us at Cecil Sharp House as soon as possible so that we can pass your information to them.

The BBC are so desperate to get traditional dancers that your auditions will take priority over others. So get your name down if this sounds like something for you!

email your information to efdss!

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