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Four bursaries available at the upcoming
Soundpost Singing Weekend: The Fairy Gathering
Soundpost is a Sheffield
based artist led organisation that coordinates a range of participatory
events, exploring folk traditions through practical workshops, performances,
debate and discussion.
Sheffield-based Soundpost have four bursary places available at
the upcoming Soundpost Singing Weekend: The Fairy Gathering. If you
are aged between 18-30 years old and would like the opportunity to join
us for a weekend of practical and academic workshops in the beautiful village
then simply fill in the form below and let us know why you would benefit
from this opportunity.
EFDSS have announced that their Seed
Funding and Creative
Bursaries are now open for 2018.
The EFDSS Creative Seed
Funding is an award of £750 to be given to new
and emerging artists/groups of artists who wish to explore new creative
ideas in the genre of English folk music.
The EFDSS Creative Bursary
and Residency Programme, now in its 6th year, aims to
support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced
from traditional English folk music. This programme provides artists with
an opportunity to undertake creative exploration without the pressure of
a final product.
The Award offers a bursary of up to £2,000, to cover costs and expenses, research
facilities at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and up to five days
of rehearsal space at Cecil Sharp House to an individual, existing band,
or new cohort of artists wishing to undertake research and development
into a creative exploration of English folk music.
There are three awards to
be made for each bursary.
For more information please see the Artists'
Bursaries page on the EFDSS site.
Item added 14/03/2018
A New Folk Music Show on Yorkshire Radio
The Invisible Folk Club is a new
radio show establishing a presence in the county
It has recently been signed up by Sine FM in Doncaster for
an hour of folk and acoustic music, poetry and discussion every Monday night
from to Tuesday.
The show is presented by folk singer and songwriter Jon Bickley and produced
by film producer and chorister Steve Yarwood. The show has already
featured Only Human (aka Tom Bickley) a multi instrumentalist based in Sheffield
and will soon be devoting a podcast to Oz Hardwick the Leeds
exploring the tangible and intangible
heritage of England
Griffith and Andy Seward have each been awarded
bursaries to be Musicians in Residence at the NationalCoalMiningMuseum for England in Wakefield.
partnering with the NationalCoalMiningMuseum for England to offer folk music artists an
exciting creative and learning opportunity. in an ambitious new scheme run by
the English Folk Dance and Song Society, with funding from Help
musician will explore creative links between the tangible culture and history
of the museum’s collections and artefacts and the intangible culture
and history of folk songs and tunes. The residencies will draw on the
artists’ extensive range of experience and talents as educators and
creative musicians. Each artist will work over an extended period of twelve
months at their museum, and in their museum’s local
community. Each artist will receive a bursary of £5000 to develop a new
music work to be performed at the end of the residency and deliver outreach
activities to engage people with the museums and with folk music.
the latest project in EFDSS’ Artists’ Development programme for
the English folk.
added Feb 2018
The Graeme Miles Bursary
Award from EFDSS
Malcolm Douglas 1955 - 2009
We are deeply saddened at the loss of
one of our number, Malcolm Douglas, an invaluable member of the Yorkshire
Folk Arts' management team from its inception. In addition to designing,
setting up and maintaining the YFA website Malcolm could always be relied
upon to contribute thoughtful, knowledgeable and very sensible observations
to all of our discussions and planning sessions. His fondness for good beer
and debate were among the many other attributes that made for an enjoyable
colleague and all-round excellent bloke. He will be sorely missed.
Three of Malcolm's good friends have
written the following words which we are glad to reproduce below.
Martin Bull, Chairman, for all of
Our friend Malcolm Douglas, who has died
from cancer aged 54, had many talents, but two in particular brought him to
national prominence. He had a compendious knowledge and understanding of
traditional folk song (mainly, but not exclusively, English folk song), and
he was a renowned illustrator and comic artist. He fell into these
contrasting fields by accident, but he treated them with meticulous
attention to detail and a professionalism that belied his lack of formal
He became an illustrator after
volunteering to illustrate a student union newspaper at SheffieldUniversity, and found that people were prepared to pay him
to do what had hitherto been a hobby. His illustrations featured in a wide
range of comics, of which the best known was Oink; he was also the
illustrator of the footballing devilkin Fred the Red, for five years
delighting both young and old readers of Manchester United match
For the English Folk Dance and Song
Society (EFDSS) he revised the evergreen song collection, The Penguin Book
of English Folk Songs, originally edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A.L.
Lloyd in 1959. In his new edition, published as Classic English Folk Songs,
he corrected previous errors and brought to the book a wealth of additional
He did the same well-researched and
comprehensive review of another of the EFDSS's most successful
publications, Marrow Bones, a collection of folk songs from Dorset and
Hampshire, originally edited by Frank Purslow. He was working on a third,
The Wanton Seed, when he succumbed to illness. He was also well-known
amongst folk music enthusiasts for his contributions to the on-line forum
The Mudcat Café, where he hadposted almost 9000 detailed answers to
questions about the most obscure aspects of folk song and music. He was
happy to point people to the sources of his knowledge and help them to find
answers for themselves.
Malcolm was born and brought up in South London, and after attending Trinity School of John
Whitgift in Croydon, he came to SheffieldUniversity to study French and English and stayed in the
city, which he regarded as his home town.
Malcolm was committed to the principle
of the people's ownership of their cultural heritage and was involved in
many grassroots initiatives, even expressing concern about what he saw as
the over-professionalisation of the folk arts. He was co-host at Sheffield's Red Deer folk club for a decade and was active in
regional organisations such as the South Riding Folk Network (SRFN) and
Yorkshire Folk Arts, bringing his literary and technological skills to bear
in maintaining websites for both organisations, editing the SRFN magazine
and designing the south Yorkshire folk magazine Stirrings.
Malcolm was also a performer, playing
fiddle, mandolin and cittern with various concert and dance bands and was a
familiar figure at music sessions in and around Sheffield. He never married, but is survived byhis mother
and brother Ian.