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2014 - 2015
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FiddleOn magazine, a specialist magazine
devoted to the fiddle, is joining forces with The Living Tradition,
the premier magazine for folk and traditional music with a primary focus
on the UK and Ireland. This development, which brings further editorial
expertise, additional subscribers and a wider reach is good news all
A free online resource
to encourage more people to learn and teach folk related music, dance,
drama and other arts has been launched by the English Folk Dance and
Song Society (EFDSS). The charity has created its Resource Bank –
which is freely available to anyone to browse at http://www.efdss.org/resourcebank
- to encourage more people to learn about traditional music, dance,
drama, other arts and customs.
The Resource Bank features three main components:
Beginners’ Guides – introductions to folk music, dance, song, drama, costume, customs and collectors
Resources and Teaching Tools – a variety of resource packs, many with audio and video resources,for use in educational, and other informal learning settings.
Jargon Buster – an easy reference guide for folk related terms and phrases.
The Resource Bank
is the lasting legacy project of EFDSS' celebrated project, The Full
English, which saw the digitisation of thousands of English folk manuscripts
to create the world’s largest free online searchable database
from some of the country’s most important folk music collections.
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director, said: “We create and manage diverse, high quality and imaginative projects working with folk material including music, dance, song, stories and crafts in a range of formal and informal learning settings including primary and secondary schools, with youth and community groups and adult learners. “The Resource Bank aims to bring all the knowledge and resources that are developed as part of our education programme and to allow anyone anywhere in the world access to it. “Sharing these resources will help us to safeguard the future of folk arts by stimulating more understanding and participation in traditional folk arts by a new audience and a new generation.”
Item Added June 2015
Dancers, poets, storytellers, musicians, visual, digital or multi media artists are being invited to apply for the 2015/16 round of creative artist bursaries offered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
EFDSS, makes up to four awards annually to fund the research and development of new work linked to the folk arts.The creative artist residencies are part of EFDSS’ Artists’ Development Programme that provides professional development support, both creative and business, to artists.
The Creative Bursary Award includes the daytime use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House (but not 24 hour storage space), access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, and a grant of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses.
Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive said: “Since the creative artist bursaries programme was launched in 2012, we have supported contemporary and folk dance choreographers, storytellers, and classical and folk musicians and composers. “We have been delighted to see many artists go on to create full shows and new music for CDs from the research and development EFDSS has supported.
“We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point.”
For guidelines and applications forms go to http://www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/artists-bursaries. The deadline for submitted applications is 9pm on 29 May 2015 for residencies to be taken between September 2015 and March 2016.
Completed applications should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Neil Pearson, Artists’ Development Manager, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY by the deadline. The successful candidates will be announced in late June.
For more information about EFDSS’ Artist Development programme, go to http://www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/aspire-programme.
Item Added 20 /4 /15
Could you be the next Ed Sherran or Paul Simon? Then
acoustic music festival organisers in North Yorkshire are looking for
A draw will be made to decide on the running order
and this will be posted in Festival Office and the Festival website.
Item added 20/04/15
Organisers of Bedale’s acoustic music festival – BAMfest – are calling on local people to get involved and help make this year’s festival even better than before.
An Open Evening for Volunteers is being organised for Tuesday February 24 at Big Sheep Little Cow Farm in Bedale between 7 and 8pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Festival volunteer co-ordinator Josh Waterton-Bailey said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of the festival, without them we wouldn’t be able to make the festival happen. In exchange for a few hours of volunteering across the weekend, we will reward you with free festival tickets”
“We have organised this open evening to explain what is involved and give people an opportunity to meet the Festival team and other volunteers. We’d love to see even more people get the BAMfest buzz!”
Volunteers are required to assist in various areas - to help set up site/venues and clear site/venues, to steward on the festival campsite, the BAMfest ticket desk/info point, help to sell BAMfest merchandise/CD’s as well as venue stewarding.
Full details are on the BAMfest website - www.bamfest.co.uk. If you want more information call the BAMfest hotline on 07925 817116 or email email@example.com.
BAMfest is now in its third year after being launched in 2013. The three-day event attracts hundreds of visitors to the market town, with local pubs and cafes all getting involved.
The2015 Festival will see appearances by Martin Stephenson and the Daintees, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Henry Priestman, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, Babajack, Les Barker, Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby, The Young’Uns, The Jon Palmer Band, The Duncan McFarlane Band and many other acts from across the UK.
An extra Farm stage is being launched this year on the Festival site allowing organisers to bring dozens of new bands to Bedale.
Item added 17/2/2015
In association with English Folk Dance and Song Society, the next Soundpost weekend will be focussed around The Full English archive.
The Full English
is a ground-breaking project delivered by EFDSS drawing together important
early 20th century collections into the most comprehensive free searchable
database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world.
Members of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Full English Band, archivists, educationalists, academics and other performers will host a weekend of practical workshops and talks on how the archive can be used by performers and educators alike, providing participants with the tools to approach this tradition inquisitively through the use of archives.
The weekend runs
23-25 October 2015 and takes place in community buildings around Dungworth
and Bradfield, north Sheffield. Booking opens March 2015.
Item Added 25/01/15
Live music in Brigg gets a real boost next month with a great new concert at The Angel.
Lincolnshire legend John Conolly, the internationally
renowned singer/songwriter will be topping the bill, supported by virtuoso
musician and singer, Robin Garside.
Robin Garside hails from South Yorkshire and has often performed alongside his old friend John. A master musician, he plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo to accompany his singing, and describes his style as blues, jazz and bluegrass as well as traditional folk. He too has appeared at a host of major festivals and is a regular at the North’s biggest folk festival, Whitby.
The pair are playing at The Angel Suite on Saturday 29th November at 7.30pm. This promises to be a terrific night, so don’t miss it. Tickets are £9 in advance (£10 on the door) from Brigg Tourist Information and Scunthorpe Central Library.
It is hoped that this will be the start of a regular programme of live music events in Brigg so look out for advance publicity which should be out and about very soon.
Item Added Oct 2014
and musician, Richard Grainger, is putting the final touches to the
first part of his most recent project, ''STORMBOUND'' - the True Story
of The Rohilla Disaster. It is to be performed at St Hilda's Parish
Church, West Cliff, Whitby on Nov 1st at 7.00pm by Richard and a cast
of musicians, actors and young people from the Whitby area.
Item Added Oct 27 2014
Commemoration with a difference – all folk/dance clubs and singers sessions across the land are invited to take part in a grass roots community celebration of the folk scene organised by Armistice Pals during October and November which is hoped will draw much needed attention to the club scene and the unsung heroes who run them in order to help keep the circuit alive and kicking.
Armistice Pals is the name given to a ‘super group’ of over 35 musicians from across the folk firmament who in the year that sadly presented us with the passing of Pete Seeger and the much reported 100 anniversary of the ‘war to end all wars’, have come together to create a special charity single. Think ‘Perfect Day’ using the song Pete Seeger made popular ‘Where have all the flowers gone’ and you won’t be far off !
The single will be released as a limited edition 7” single, a physical cd and on iTunes on November 9th, with all proceeds going to peace keeping and anti war charities (The Red Cross, Malala’s Fund, The Peace Foundation and Peace through Folk) and was conceived by Merry Hell’s manager Damian Liptrot who organised the ambitious project with Folkstock Arts Foundation’s Helen Meissner.
The single will be released on Folkstock Records.
We are delighted that Peggy Seeger has asked to be on the single and she is joined by, among others, Dave Swarbrick, Lucy Ward, Johnny Coppin, Peter Knight, Chris and Kellie While, Julie Matthews, Judy Dyble, Luke Jackson, Kelly Oliver, Ninebarrow, Reg Meuross, Said the Maiden, Gavin Davenport, Flossie Malavialle and more, as well as Pete Seeger.
If those interested in taking part register their intention to hold a special Armistice Pals themed session in October or November, which could also involve videoing their rendition of the song, the organisers have said they will add the club name and the video to their social media, promote the club and hopefully boost attendance by focussing on the life enriching experience of coming together in song.
Something which Peggy Seeger told us was Pete’s legacy.
A video in which Peggy talks about the single and why she was keen to be part of Armistice Pals will be released on social media shortly.
Press and radio promotion is also lined up, with all clubs taking part potentially gaining free publicity
on their local radio shows as well as via national media as a direct result of their involvement.
There is no fee, just a commitment to mark the release of the single with a special themed evening.
If you want to take part in the biggest country wide club and singers grassroots project we’ve seen in recent years, please contact
Damian Liptrot or Helen Meissner via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or our website http://www.armisticepals.com/
Item added Sept 25 2014
on the Moor's new youth project, Ghosts of Heroes, wins Heritage Lottery
Led by Festival on the Moor volunteers, and supported by the Rohilla Centenary Team and local schools, the project focuses on World War 1 and in particular The Rohilla Disaster, Whitby Bombardment and the stories of soldiers and civilians from the surrounding moorland and coastal communities between 1914 and 18.
The project will enable around 100 young people to research these topics and present the stories in various creative ways including Drama, Music, Creative Writing and by building a website as a permanent reference to future researchers.
Festival On The
Moor is a community arts and heritage organisation that organises festivals
and educational activities based on folk music, local heritage and culture.
It works with young people through its Shoots & Roots programme
and students from Whitby's Caedmon College and Eskdale School will take
part and benefit by helping them develop their research, media and communication
skills and enjoy the creative aspects while learning more about their
Commenting on the award, Festival Director, Jeanette Grainger said: ' We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will enable us to increase our work with young people from Whitby, the coastal communities and the Esk Valley to help them discover more about their heritage and have fun with their discoveries.
Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Every area has its own stories of their involvement and experiences of the First World War at home and abroad. By focusing on the Rohilla Disaster and the bombardment of Whitby by German Warships young people will learn about the impact of the war on their local area, and further afield.”
Item added Sept. 16 2014
Item Added 29/08/14
A one-day conference to share effective practice in how to inspire the next generation of morris dancers will be held at Cecil Sharp House in London on Sunday 2 November 2014.
‘More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond’ is being organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with the Joint Morris Organisations. Sessions will be across a range of morris and sword dance traditions including Cotswold, Molly, North West and Border morris, as well as rapper and longsword.
Workshop leaders, presenters and speakers will include practitioners from across England who are experienced in teaching morris to young people, including: Damien Barber from the Demon Barber Roadshow and the Lock In Dance Show; Will Hampson and Bryony Griffiths; John Bacon, Ann Bacon and David Johns; Dave Leverton from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England; Laurel Swift and Benjamin Moss; Sue Bousfield; Gordon Phillips and Nicky Stockman; Liam Robinson; and Kim Woodward. More names will be confirmed early September and will be updated online.
The day will include topics such as:
· Delivery in primary and secondary education and links to the curriculum
· Setting up and running groups in out-of-school settings
· What an inspiring morris dance workshop looks like for children and young people and current best practice in dance education
· Safe practice – looking after the bodies of young dancers at different stages of their development
· Kitbag – ideas, information and resources on planning, structuring sessions, writing a CV, insurance and safeguarding issues
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, said: “This conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people, whether you are an experienced morris dancer, a teacher or in a morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions. EFDSS is delighted to presenting this landmark event in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations. “The aim of the day is to inspire people, connect them and feed them ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions with young people!”
Conference fee: £20 including refreshments and light lunch
For more details and to book http://www.efdss.org/efdss-education/professional-development/more-morris-better-morris
Promoted by: EFDSS and the Joint Morris Organisations (The Morris Federation, Open Morris and The Morris Ring).
Item added 5/8/2014
of you may know that St Andrew's Hospice provides amazing care facilities
in the North East Lincolnshire area. They are currently creating a new
adult hospice as well as making improvements to the existing children's
facility. They need a great deal of financial support to complete this
hope you'll support this important work to enhance Grimsby's major Hospice
facility - and, of course, that you'll enjoy the songs!
Dave & Julie
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