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At the heart of English folk

About us

A world-class dedicated folk arts centre, Cecil Sharp House is at the heart of English folk.

It is devoted to presenting vibrant and multi-faceted events, along with inspirational creative learning opportunities, for current and future lovers of the folk arts.

The venue is owned and managed by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and has a special history stretching back to 1930. The iconic Grade II listed building is also home to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, England’s national collection of folk music and dance. It is named after the English folk music and dance collector Cecil Sharp (1859–1924).


Folk sounds best at Cecil Sharp House

Twice voted second best live music venue in London by Time Out readers

One of the most legendary and historic venues in London, Cecil Sharp House has served as a location for films, television programmes and fashion shoots. The roster is packed with barn dances, ceilidhs, traditional folk luminaries and the occasional ukulele shenanigan. The House has also played host to some of the biggest names in folk and popular music including Martin & Eliza Carthy, Davy Graham, Mumford & Sons, Bellowhead, Laura Marling, Graham Coxon, and Goldfrapp.

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