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At the heart of English folk


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An Introduction to Folk Song in England


Cecil Sharp House, London

Internationally published folklorist Steve Roud presents with Laura Smyth, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archive Director, this popular introductory level day exploring the history of English folk song


Who is it for?

Folk Song in England: Level 1 is aimed at beginners and will not presume any previous experience or knowledge. This course is open to anyone aged 16 years or over.


What can I learn?

Folklorist Steve Roud and Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archive Director Laura Smyth present this popular introductory level study day exploring the history of English folk song. Topics will include: the many possible definitions of 'folk', the songs themselves, the singers, the places and times for singing, the music, cheap printed broadsides and other sources from which people learned songs, the folksong collectors, the scholars and the beginnings of the post-War revival.


When and where does the course take place?

Sunday 19 November 2017
10.30am - 4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House

Course fee: £45 (£36 concessions)


Who leads the course

The course is led by Steve Roud, an experienced folklorist who has been researching and writing the history of folk tradition for over 30 years. He is the creator of the Roud Folk Song Index, co-author of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore and co-editor The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. He has also written several books about English folklore, including The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland and The English Year. 

Steve’s latest publication, Folk Song in England, was published by Faber in August 2017 and is available now in our Folk Shop.

Steve Roud will be joined by Laura Smyth, Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Archives.


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