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.
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 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.
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.
Young morris side, Fool’s Gambit Morris and pioneering wheelchair folk dance group, Folk in Motion come together to remember the many morris dancers who lost their lives in the Great War.