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At the heart of English folk
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Be part of the Future of Folk

Music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions: The traditional folk arts have been a huge part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK for hundreds of years.

Camden in Bloom 2017

Cecil Sharp House’s permaculture garden wins Camden in Bloom again

The garden at Cecil Sharp House has won a top Camden in Bloom prize for the third time in four years. The much-loved green space has been awarded Best Business Garden 2017, after scooping the same prize in 2016 and also Best Business Entrance 2014.

Germa Adan

CD Competition: Germa Adan

Last year we awarded seed funding to the fantastic singer and songwriter Germa Adan. Ahead of her performance at Cecil Sharp House on Wednesday 11 October, we are offering you the chance to win a copy of her new mini-album Kenbe Fem (Hold Firm).

Tunes of the Munster Pipers

‘Tunes of the Munster Pipers’ event showcases tunes from the James Goodman Collection

A special event at Cecil Sharp House will explore the musical landscape of 19th century southwest Ireland, through tunes drawn from Goodman’s outstanding manuscript collection.

The concert, on Thursday 5 October, sees fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Uillean piper Caoimhín Ó Fearghail perform a selection of the 2300 tunes in the collection, against a visually stimulating backdrop by artist Michael Fortune. Narration from ITMA Director, Grace Toland, will guide the audience through their musical journey.

James Goodman (1828−1896), a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a canon of the Church of Ireland and Professor of Irish at Trinity College Dublin. His exceptional music and song manuscript collection is held in Trinity College Dublin and was published in two volumes entitled Tunes From the Munster Pipers, in 1998 and 2013 respectively. In 2016, the combined efforts of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Trinity College Dublin made the manuscripts available online for the first time. These can be explored on the ITMA website.

Tunes of the Munster Pipers is presented by ITMA / Irish Heritage, in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

Tickets: £20 (£10 for under 30s) including reception and programme
Tickets can be booked online via the ‘DONATE’ button on the Irish Heritage website.

 

 

Emily Askew

Introducing new London Youth Folk Ensemble tutors 2017/18

We are delighted to announce Emily Askew as Leader of the London Youth Folk Ensemble 2017/18, joined by Ruairi Glasheen.