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2012 - 2013
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The Ambassador Bursary scheme is open to people aged between 18 and 29 and it offers the chance to attend a Folk Camps holiday for the price of the deposit - £20. Holidays range from workshop weekends to fully catered week-long camps.
Folk Camps Society is a charity that has been running for more than 50 years, whose aim is to preserve and pass on the folk traditions of the British Isles. With an emphasis on participation and creating a community, we offer a variety of camping holidays across Britain, where volunteer staff help organise and lead musical activities, with daily workshops, singarounds and ceilidhs. As well as offering a virtually free holiday, this could be a chance for people to expand their repertoire, increase their mentoring skills and network with others involved in the folk world.
If you have any queries, you can get in touch with the bursary team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Detailed information and application forms are available on our website at www.folkcamps.co.uk/bursary.asp
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Born Lincoln, 16 August, 1939
Collector and performer of songs and dialect in the Lincolnshire tradition.
I first met Brian when he became a regular performer at Grimsby Folk Club in the late 1960’s, after moving from his home at Washingborough near Lincoln to the little market town of Caistor in North Lincolnshire, to teach at the Caistor Yarborough Primary School. He had already been playing for some time with the Lincoln-based folk dance band “The Redwings”, and his music was quickly recognized as a great asset to the club. It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Grimsby club’s resident group “The Broadside” where, together with myself, Bill Meek and Tom Smith, he formed the core of a band which, throughout the 1970’s, recorded six albums and travelled the length and breadth of the country to play at festivals and folk clubs.
Brian’s abiding interest
was always the traditional songs and stories of his native county, and
through his friendship with the folklorist and collector Ethel Rudkin,
he introduced us and our audiences to the songs of North Lincolnshire
village singers like Luther “Luke” Stanley of Barrow-upon-Humber,
and William Hill of Tetford – and to the treasure-house of song
which had been collected in Lincolnshire by Percy Grainger. He was also
a great admirer and performer of Tennyson’s Lincolnshire dialect
poetry, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to see Brian in full flow,
enacting the role of the chuntering old chap in “The Northern
Farmer”, advising his errant son against courting the daughter
of the impoverished parson –
Brian was a longstanding member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and a skilled musician on both accordion and fiddle – his knowledge of tunes and dances was one of the essential building-blocks supporting the formation of the Grimsby Morris Men, the Cleethorpes Folk Festival, the Plowgild Folk Dance Group and the Broadside Ceilidh Band.
There is so much to remember him for, but what sticks in my mind are the little personal things which made Brian such a character. . .
He would have no truck with P.A. systems, or New Technology, and I was deeply impressed with his “designer visiting-cards” which consisted of small squares cut from corn-flakes packets, with his address hand-written on the back . . . He just loved to sing and play, and that was why he had so many friends – he would travel any distance to share his songs and stories. It was always a struggle to persuade him to raise our Ceilidh-band’s fees in line with inflation – we knew very well that Brian would rather play for nothing than not play at all . ..
Despite his steadfast refusal to get involved in new-fangled stuff like Emails and Websites, I think Brian would have been genuinely amazed at the many messages of love and affection for him which have appeared on international Folk Forums like Mudcat Café. . .
Long after the Broadside
Band “retired from active service”, Brian
Brian’s voice has
not been silenced – it lives on, in the many old songs which he
loved so much, and brought back to life in his performances.
Bootleggers Appalachian Dance Team will be moving to new premises on Wednesday the 30th October and in future practices will be split into 2 hour sessions to accommodate both new dancers and those who want to practice more advanced routines.
Practices will be at Kimberley’s School of Performing Arts at South Leys Campus Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2JL. (part of the old Riddings/South Leys School Campus). There is plenty of free off-road parking and even more importantly – a new semi-sprung floor!!!
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by Sam Carter
Director Michael Proudfoot explores The Enigma of Nic Jones the moving story behind an artist’s determination to perform after a tragic accident, and his rise to the stage once again. In 1980 his album Penguin Eggs was widely acknowledged as a classic; even recently, a poll by The Observer rated the piece number 79 of the ‘100 Best Records of All Time’ - an amazing achievement considering that the LP never actually charted.
In 1982 Nic’s life was changed forever. Barely surviving a near-fatal car crash, the sought- after artist disappeared from the public eye. After 30 years, Nic returned to the stage for several festival performances including Cambridge Folk Festival, singing alongside his guitarist son, Joe Jones, and keyboard player Belinda O’Hooley.
Like these performances, the film gives fans (new and old) a chance to hear the legendary weathered voice live. Narration is provided by the singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews. The film will be introduced by Sam Carter (also performing a live gig at the Library Theatre later that evening).
Tickets can be purchased from: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/nicjones www.sensoria.org.uk
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Musicport has recently heard that it has been awarded Arts Council funding to involve the local community more fully in its activities. Organiser Jim McLaughlin said "Funding for the arts is so competitive, we're delighted that the Arts Council recognised the value of what Musicport does and has achieved since 2000. We want to use this grant to bring the town and the festival together and create something people will remember. It's very exciting!”
Here are some of the unique activities that are planned:
1. A performance on Friday 11th October, in advance of the festival, by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks from Tibet - demonstrating their ritual chants and dancing in stunning costumes - free @ St Ninian's Church, Baxtergate, Whitby - Starts 7.30pm.
2. Musicport Big Draw Project - 5 local schools will work with artists Quentin Budworth and Bridget Wilkinson to create 5 large pieces of artwork with a musical and cultural theme which will be installed by Whitby Pavilion in the Exhibition Hall. A sixth panel will be created during the festival, and they will make a permanent feature in the room, all with a definite Musicport theme. The panels will be unveiled at the opening of the festival on Friday 18th October.
3. Fire display and procession to the opening in the Exhibition Hall. Musicport favourites Forro Porro will lead local school musicians (who will have worked with the band in advance) marching into the Pavilion for the opening, and a performance by Whitby Community Choir of their BBC-commissioned piece "Standing On The Edge Of The World" by Rebecca Gross.Free entry event.
4. MASS UKULELE JAM....massed ukuleles with Jacqui Wicks and colleagues from Ossett Ukulele Philharmonia. A chance for uke players from far and wide to bring their ukuleles and join a great free event on the morning of Saturday 19th October. A downloadable songbook will be available from the Musicport website and Facebook page so that participants can practise in advance. Free entry event.
5. Six of Yorkshire's best Open Mic Sessions (Sheffield, Leeds, Loftus, Bridlington, York, Scarborough) will descend on the town for the festival weekend. The Angel Welly Open Mic will play host, and all these acts will play around the town during the day on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th, before performing on the Musicport Lighthouse Stage - where they will be judged by a panel including Eliza Carthy and the winners awarded a spot on one of the main stages in 2014. Musicport is still looking for unusual places in central Whitby for them to play where a welcome is guaranteed.
6. Radik Tulush the throat-singer from Tuva (Mongolia), who performed at the festival previously with Yat Kha and accompanied by well known English folk singer Carole Pegg, will work with local students before the festival.
7. Brazilian drummer Claudio Kron will continue the work he started last year with West Cliff School in developing their Samba drumming and will involve them in the opening procession.
8. Chromavan - a wonderful experience in colour, housed in a caravan, will be in town during the day on Friday 18th October where there will be a chance for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in an intense and relaxing colour bath and to try it out for free. From Friday teatime it will be at the Pavilion where it will be available to all festival-goers.
9. Jackie Oates, the award winning young folk singer, will be performing with her trio including Musicport favourite Belinda O'Hooley on Sunday 20th October in La Rosa Hotel. Free entry event but very limited spaces.
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Learn more about England’s cultural heritage through folk song. Each region of England will be celebrated in a series of day-long courses exploring a wealth of traditional folk songs, from ballads to shanties.
Folk Song in England will explore the history, development and purpose of folk songs collected in England, led by renowned folklorist Steve Roud. The courses begin in September 2013 and will be held in Lincoln, Leeds, London, Bury, Gateshead, Bristol, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Sheffield.
The course is part of The Full English, an English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) project supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Folk Music Fund and The Folklore Society. The Full English created the most comprehensive free searchable digital archive in the world and includes a nationwide community and schools learning programme.
In each region there will be a local guest speaker with specific knowledge on each region’s folk song collections. There will also be opportunities to hear rarely played archival recordings of singers from across England, as well as the chance to see archival film.
The Full English digital archive is brimming with songs of battle, of love, of rural life, of disaster and celebration, and all collected from the late 1800s onwards. The Folk Song in England courses are aimed at beginners interested in finding out about the history of folk song and the part it played in everyday life in England up to about the 1950s. The course will examine how these songs originated and got passed around communities. It will also look at how songs were constructed and whether they actually reflected real life but no singing is required.
Sessions will be informal with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.
Frances Watt, The Full English Learning Manager, said: “Folk Song in England is a great opportunity to explore folk song, its history and the part it has played in our lives. “For people who know the well-known favourites like ‘Scarborough Fair’ – this is a chance to explore and discover other hidden gems and get an insight into the context and tradition of how folk songs were enjoyed, and why they were collected.”
Steve Roud said: “Folk music continues to fascinate people on a variety of levels, from the singer or enthusiast to the social history researcher, and it is a particularly exciting time for folk song studies as huge amounts of material is becoming newly available in sound and manuscript archives that were previously only accessible to a few. ”With so much more evidence available we can at last get an overall view of the subject and ask questions which eluded our predecessors, and in particular we can start to understand how 'folk song' fitted into the wider musical world of everyday life in the past.”
Folk Song in England dates are:
Saturday 7 September, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Ruairidh Greig. - Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln www.lincolndrillhall.com | 01522 873894
Saturday 14 September, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud and Steve Gardham - Howard Assembly Room, Leeds www.efdss.org | 020 7241 8953
Saturday 21 September, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Julia Bishop - British Library, London www.bl.uk | 01937 546546
Saturday 12 October, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Sue Allan. - The Met, Bury www.themet.biz | 0161 761 2216
Saturday 19 October, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Peter Wood - The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead Quays, Tyne and Wear www.thesagegateshead.org | 0191 443 4661
Sunday 27 Oct, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Martin Graebe - Colston Hall, Bristol www.colstonhall.org | 0117 922 3686
Saturday 2 November, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Roy Palmer - mac birmingham, Birmingham www.macarts.co.uk | 0121 446 3232
Saturday 16 November, 9.30am – 4pm Steve Roud with John Howson - The Stables, Milton Keynes www.stables.org | 01908 280800
Saturday 30 November, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with John Howson - The Gillespie Centre, Cambridge www.efdss.org | 020 7241 8953
Saturday 1 February 2014, 9.30am – 5pm Steve Roud with Julia Bishop - Sheffield University www.wegottickets.com
Tickets for all dates are £10 per person, and this includes lunch and light refreshments throughout the day. For more about The Full English and access to the archive go to www.efdss.org/thefullenglish.
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Roots North have
announced an new project of creative workshops for performers at all
levels to improve their confidence and performance techniques. A number
of free workshops are planned throughout the season.
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Although they are not performing these days, Dave & Julie's music is available to download from CD Baby. They have also started putting their songs on to You Tube, starting with North Wall, one of daves most popular songs at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYNZsn_a5l8 The photographs of Grimsby Docks were taken in June 2009.
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York based Gerry Hallom is proposing to do a series of fundraising evenings for Centrepoint (a chaity for homeless teenagers). Normal club fee is waived in lieu of an end of evening collection of donations. Any clubs wishing to avail themselves of his offer can contact Gerry at email@example.com or telephone 01904 423030
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holding its 5th Music Day in conjunction with International Music Day
(Fête de la Musique) on Friday 21st June.
If you are a musician – amateur or professional, rock, classical, folk, jazz – or singer who would enjoy joining with musicians all round the world in celebrating the first day of Summer in music, please come and join in. If you would like to take part, the organisers would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply turn up in the town on 21st June at any time from 10am onwards to perform or listen.
If you want to perform in the evening concert, please contact Peter Barnard on 01427 873937. Although this is a day of free music, any money collected will be given to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
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On Saturday 11th May between 10.30am and 2.30pm, a selection of artists appearing at this year’s Beverley Folk Festival, will once again be hitting Beverley town centre Cafés giving taster performances of what the public can expect to hear at the festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations this June.
A variety of artists will be taking part in the popular annual event ‘The Festival Café Run’ including: Vinnie Whitehead, Nick Rooke, Ben Parcell and Nikki Airey. Café’s where artists can be found are: Vanilla’s, Café Nero, Rolando’s, Costa Coffee, Lempicka, Dine on The Rowe, Ask, Browns and The Poppy Seed.
The festival can also be found in Beverley’s Saturday Market the same day from 10.00am at the market’s charity stall where full information about this year’s landmark event will be available and organisers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
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The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has opened applications for its second round of creative residencies for professional artists from all sectors. The scheme is open to individuals or groups who want to explore their creative potential and English folk traditions by undertaking a residencyat Cecil Sharp House in London to research and develop new work.
EFDSS is encouraging professional
artists in all genres - from classical composers and contemporary dancers
to poets, musicians or visual artists,not just those currently working
within the folk arts - to apply. The society is particularly keen to
hear from artists who are interested in
The creative artist residencies form part of EFDSS’ Aspire Programme, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ,to provide artistic support and professional development to emerging artists. The residencies includes the use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House grants of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses; performance space for sharing the results; and support for future development of the work.
For more information or to apply for a creative residency, go to http://www.efdss.org/front/Creative%20Artist%20Residencies%202013/14/creative-artists-residencies/214298/214296.
The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 28 May 2013, for residencies to be taken between September 2013 and March 2014. A decisionwill be made public late June/early July 2013. Completed applications can be returned to via email to email@example.com or toCecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY.
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are looking to recruit 275 volunteers across the country to act as Community
Event Organisers for a new project called "Our Big Gig". These
volunteers 27 of whom will be based here in the East Midlands will run
local live music events in their communities, which will take place
between Thursday 11th & Sunday 14th July 2013. This new annual event
aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical
talents and encourage people who are new to music making to give it
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The Royal Shakespeare Company have a production of THE
WINTER’S TALE touring to the Grand Opera House in York 19 –
23 March and Hull New Theatre from 9 - 13 April. The music is originally
composed by Jon Boden, of Bellowhead and the show features musicians
live on stage and live traditional clog dancing.
Applications open Friday 25th January 2013 until Friday 22nd February 2013
All folk song/music artists are invited to submit an application to perform a thirty minute set at the Folk21 West Midlands Regional Day, hosted by Folk21 and The Newhampton Arts Centre Wolverhampton on the 11th May 2013. The day will conclude with an evening showcase concert, headlined by Jez Lowe, which will provide an opportunity for artists to perform in front of both folk club/venue organisers and a public audience from the West Midlands
To be eligible you must be based outside the West Midlands region and to be already performing at folk venues.
To apply please email - firstname.lastname@example.org with a dated list of six recent or future folk club/venue gigs (or equivalent) as well as a link to your website and links to YouTube or other video/audio clips, if available.
It is hoped that by asking artists to apply outside of their own regions it will help them to expand their reach and promote their work to areas where they may not be established or well known, equally providing a chance for West Midlands club/venue organisers/promoters/audience present to hear artists that they may be currently unfamiliar with.
Applications will be open Friday 25th January and will close on Friday 22nd February Please note that any applications received after this date will NOT be considered.
If any further information is required:contact email@example.com
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The Dolphin At Althorpe (on the A18 west of Scunthorpe is offering the use of the pub for anyone who would like to run a folk evening or similar event. For further details please contact 01724 488021 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Gavin Davenport, who has performed with groups including The Albion Band, Crucible and Hekety, will be the Learning Officer for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) initiative. His role will be to recruit schools and artists to the project and work with cultural partners in nine regions on the learning project.
It is one part of *The Full English* that is being funded by a £585,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the National Folk Music Fund.
The project will bring together the collections of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Thomas Fairman Ordish, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alfred Williams for the first time to create the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world. This material will be available free to the public through a new web portal to be launched in June 2013.
Gavin, who holds a Master’s degree in Oral Culture and is also a qualified primary school teacher, describes himself as a 'long time folk music obsessive' and plays guitar, cittern, mandolin, banjo, concertina and other instruments. In this music career, he has performed traditional music for concerts and dances across the UK, Europe and Canada, toured as vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with The Albion Band and is releasing his second solo album in March.
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Tatterfoals and Bootleggers dance teams have received a grant from the NHS to put on free folk dance taster sessions in local communities in Northern Lincolnshire. It is intended that the sessions will persuade local people to take some exercise and get out of the house and mix with others in an informal atmosphere; it is to be called ‘Folk Dance for Fun and Fitness’ and the main thrust will be to engage people in dancing to live folk music, and perhaps encouraging them to attend ceilidh or concerts in the future, possibly even join local dance teams.
The sessions will take place in February and March and the organisers would like anyone who wishes to attend to get in touch with with Julia Pollock on 01724 843174 / 07704 666916. Details on the Bootleggers website at http://www.bootleggersappalachian.co.uk or available from Julia at email@example.com
Dates, Start times and Venues are as follows.
Wed 13th Feb
2.30 p.m. Old School Hall, Winterton
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Fay Hield Commission to Create New Work From The Full English Archive
A new music commission will mark the launch of the world’s biggest online portal of English folk music and dance in 2013.
Fay Hield will create new work, arrangements and a full concert performance piece that will feature discoveries from the 10 archives that are being drawn together by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to create The Full English.
Funding for Fay’s project has been received from the PRS for Music Foundation. The Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Folk Music Fund are funding The Full English, which also includes a nationwide learning and participation programme delivered through nine regional partners.
The archive will bring together the collections of Harry Albino, Lucy Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Thomas Fairman Ordish, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Alfred Williams for the first time, to create the most comprehensive free searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.
The new web portal will be launched in June 2013 and Fay Hield & The Big Hurricane Party featuring special guests will unveil the results of their research at the event at Cecil Sharp House in London.
EFDSS is in the process of digitising the collections containing more than 58,400 items held within the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) at Cecil Sharp House, and significant folk collections from the archives of project partners: The British Library in London, Clare College in Cambridge, The Mitchell Library in Glasgow, The Folklore Society Library and Archive at University College London, and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
Fay said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a mountain of material previously out of grasp. Seeing the handwritten notes made by collectors in the field really makes these manuscripts come alive and that is what we will try to communicate through the show. “Archives can be dusty old places, but this music is full of life and needs to be out there. Supporting EFDSS’ tremendous efforts to get all this material online, we want to let people know what they’ve got access to.”
Katy Spicer, Chief Executive of EFDSS, said: “The digitising of the collections and the creation of the online portal is just the beginning of what The Full English aims to achieve. Fay’s commission will show how the portal will be able to bring to life some of the songs and tunes that make up an important part of England’s cultural history. “It is very exciting as there will be lots of music in the archives that people have never heard of before and it will be exposed to a whole new generation through Fay’s work.”
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