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At the heart of English folk
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Heaving the Lead by Flo Brooks

Open call for exhibition proposals

Calling artists, curators, designers and makers…

Does your work document or explore folk arts and practices? Are you inspired by folk dance, song, or music and interested in making links between traditional folk arts and contemporary arts practice?

Would you benefit from accessing the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) and archives?

We are looking for proposals for exhibitions that make new and exciting links to folk to take place at Cecil Sharp House from March – July 2017 and September 2017 – January 2018.

Peggy Seeger

Exclusive interview: Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger is one of those people who is impossible to describe adequately in a sentence. Songwriter, singer, musician, activist, stalwart of the British and American folk scenes, all words which may be accurate but hardly do justice to the inspiring person to whom I had the privilege of speaking.

Autumn season of music at Cecil Sharp House

Autumn season of music at Cecil Sharp House

As summer rushes past and autumn rapidly approaches, we're looking forward to a busy and exciting season of music at Cecil Sharp House.

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons, "The American Songster" returns to Cecil Sharp House

Dom Flemons has accrued a remarkable CV over the course of his career. A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he whom he won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2011, Flemons is a skilled performer on a wide range of instruments including banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. Before playing music full-time, he produced 25 albums and even spent time pursuing slam poetry.

Why did Cecil Sharp go to the Appalachians?

Why did Cecil Sharp go to the Appalachians?

Find out more about our Appalachian Weekender

Cecil Sharp had been collecting English folk songs in earnest since 1903. By 1909 his collecting activities in Somerset had resulted in the publication of five volumes of songs from that area, including 130 songs (a small fraction of his total yield). While he was by no means the first person to go around collecting English folk songs, he was certainly the catalyst for an incredibly fruitful period of collecting in the 1900s.