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At the heart of English folk

Summer 2019 at Cecil Sharp House

Join us this summer, at the heart of English folk!

SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER: Buy full-price tickets for three or more EFDSS-promoted gigs in the same transaction, and get 20% off all of them. Just quote code SHARPER. (Limited availability, book now to avoid disappointment).


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Trad Night:
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Wednesday 1 May

Traditional and original songs and tunes from an award-winning singer and squeezebox player.

Cohen’s repertoire covers traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition.

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Grace Petrie

Thursday 2 May

Folk singer, songwriter and activist Grace Petrie wins over audiences everywhere with her unique takes on the modern struggle – with politics and with love – and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered.

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Rowan Godel, Benji Kirkpatrick and Tim Cotterell

Wednesday 8 May

Singer and songwriter Rowan Godel has been described as an underground folk superstar. She may be one of British folk music’s best kept secrets, but for how long?...

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Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Thursday 9 May

Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight’s musicianship meets the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion to create Gigspanner, ‘another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool’ (Songlines mag).


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Andy Cutting

Wednesday 15 May

Andy Cutting is a rarity. He’s a musician’s musician – three-time Best Musician at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner, with an ear for a fine tune.

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Joshua Burnell & Band Album Launch

Wednesday 22 May

After releasing a folk song every week for a year, alongside garnering five-star reviews, Radio 2 spins and a roaringly successful festival run, Joshua Burnell and his six-piece band are bringing their show to the heart of English folk.

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Thursday 23 May

Frigg has been conquering the world with its sparkling fusion of bluegrass and folk music: a delicate and beautiful Scandinavian tone language, dipped in BBQ sauce and served fresh with pálinka, to be enjoyed in good company.

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The Dovetail Trio

Wednesday 29 May

Presenting England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, The Dovetail Trio explore familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage.

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Edgelarks—‘Feather’ launch tour

Thursday 30 May

Last April, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin retreated to a remote cottage in Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Songs and tunes emerged. With its world rhythms and British folk roots – and the duo’s penchant for making as much noise as possible – Feather is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

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The Appalachian Ballads

Wednesday 5 June

Presented by Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds, and featuring Ben Walker.

Shirley Collins, the doyenne of English Roots music, has described Naomi Bedford as the best singer of Appalachian ballads in Britain. And Shirley should surely know.

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Sharon Shannon with Seckou Keita

Thursday 13 June

Sharon Shannon likes to surprise. Her accordion style is traditional Irish to its core, but she has collaborated with a Who’s Who of artists across hip-hop, cajun, country, classical and rap – a truly genre-defying musician, at the top of her game.

She will perform with Senegalese kora master Seckou Keita.

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Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress

Wednesday 19 June

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and adventurous exploration of memory, identity, joy, sorrow, bird-song, war and waltzes – a deeply personal one-woman show, unravelling the urgent message hidden in a story from her grandmother’s youth in 1940s Germany.

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Elliott Morris − ‘The Way Is Clear’ album launch

Wednesday 26 June

With hundreds of gigs behind him – and a coveted Danny Kyle Award from Celtic Connections 2013 – Elliott Morris has a formidable reputation as one of the most sought-after young artists on the acoustic scene.

The singer-songwriter taps the strings and beats the guitar’s body to create an original sound which is integral to his songs.

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The Copper Family

Saturday 29 June

The Copper Family have sung since the 18th century. Deeply rooted in the countryside around the Sussex Downland, their harmony singing – in celebration of everyday work and the pride taken in it – has been treasured and handed down through the generations.

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The Takeover

Saturday 6 July

This year’s showcase of talented young folk bands and musicians from across England, hosted by the EFDSS Youth Forum, features Folkestra, Shropshire Youth Folk Ensemble, Centre for Young Musicians and London Youth Folk Ensemble.

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Ryan Young

Wednesday 10 July

Multi-award-winning fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music.

‘Leading the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young’ – BBC World on 3.

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Mama’s Broke (Canadian Summer)

Thursday 15 August

Highly influenced by their Canadian roots, Mama’s Broke are based out of nowhere and everywhere.

Delivering performances with heart and raw energy, Lisa and Amy’s voices blend in haunting harmonies. They artfully juggle fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin alongside traditional dance and foot percussion. Their original and often dark compositions push the constraints of genre – drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan and doom metal.

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Les Poules à Colin (Canadian Summer)

Tuesday 20 August

Dig up Québec’s deep, dark roots and add electrifying energy and beguiling modesty for a mind-blowing trad-folk groove.

The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess.

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Old Man Luedecke (Canadian Summer)

Wednesday 21 August

Traditional and original songs and tunes from an award-winning singer and squeezebox player.

Cohen’s repertoire covers traditional ballads, historical songs, industrial songs, sea songs and shanties all firmly rooted in the English tradition.


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