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News: 2018 - 2019



We are always pleased to receive news items relating to folk arts in the region, but we cannot always guarantee to include them here. Concise, relevant copy with full contact details is particularly welcome, especially if you can also supply a photograph or other illustration.

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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 of Dungworth, Sheffield, then simply fill in the form below and let us know why you would benefit from this opportunity.

Your can go to download the application from the Soundpost website. For more information contact helen@soundpost.org.uk.

Closing date: 
Friday, 26th April 2019


Seed Funding and Creative Bursaries from EFDSS

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.

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A New Folk Music Show on Yorkshire Radio

The Invisible Folk Club is a new radio show establishing a presence in the county of Yorkshire

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 midnight to 1am 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 poet.

If you miss the show you can listen to it on their mixcloud page where you will also find previous programmes broadcast.

Some of the live sessions from the show are available on their Bandcamp page

They also produce podcasts.
or for Non iTunes listeners:

For all other information or to write to them, go to www.invisiblefolkclub.com

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Musicians in Museums

CONNECTIONS exploring the tangible and intangible heritage of England

Bryony Griffith and Andy Seward have each been awarded bursaries to be Musicians in Residence at the National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield.

EFDSS is partnering with the National Coal Mining Museum 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 Musicians.

Each 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.

This is the latest project in EFDSS’ Artists’ Development programme for the English folk.

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The Graeme Miles Bursary Award from EFDSS


Alasdair Paul


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 YFA

Malcolm Douglas

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 training.

He became an illustrator after volunteering to illustrate a student union newspaper at Sheffield University, 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 programmes.

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 detail.

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 Sheffield University 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.

Ron Day, Dave Eyre and Raymond Greenoaken.





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