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At the heart of English folk


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Caprenter Folk Online

40,000 Miles in Quest of Tradition: A Celebration of Carpenter Folk Online


Cecil Sharp House, London

Songs, tunes and plays collected by James Madison Carpenter 1927 – 1943, across Britain and also in the US, will be creatively interpreted and performed by Cecil Sharp House Choir, The Mearns Singers (from North East Scotland), London Youth Folk Ensemble with members of New Camden Jazz Ensemble, interspersed with talks, historic images, sound recordings and films showcasing the collection.

This special event celebrates the culmination of Carpenter Folk Online, an exciting project bringing together partners from England, Scotland and the United States to make the collection of James Madison Carpenter available to view, browse, and search online alongside the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s ever expanding digital collections. This fantastic new resource has formed the basis of creative learning projects with young people and adults in London and North East Scotland to spotlight Britain’s cultural heritage.

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 Promoted by EFDSS and the Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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