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At the heart of English folk
Roswitha Chesher

Get Your Folk On! Juniors

"I loved everything! I am definitely coming back!" Participant


Who is it for?

A great opportunity for 7 - 11 year olds to join the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) folk music and dance programme! Instrumentalists and dancers of all levels are welcome to come and enjoy playing, singing, dancing and creating fantastic folk music. No previous experience of folk music needed.

What can I learn?

Get Your Folk On! Juniors is based on folk and traditional music and dance from across the British Isles and beyond.  You do not need to know how to read music as learning is mainly done by ear.

Everyone will play in a big folk band and learn exciting folk tunes, with the option to take part in traditional dances. The course concludes with participants performing in an informal concert to their family and friends! 

This year we are focusing on the archives of American folk song collector, James Madison Carpenter.  Currently being digitally archived to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, his collection contains a wealth of ballads, tunes and other material collected from across UK. We'll be creating our own new and exciting works based on his source recordings and manuscripts, and learning more about his life.


When and where does it take place? 

Get Your Folk On! Summer School

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House

Fee: £150 | £100 concessions 

Please note that this is a week long course which runs daily (Monday-Friday)10.30am – 4.30pm.

For any queries, please call 020 7241 8953. 

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Discover more

Looking for folk music for young people? Take part in our Get Your Folk On! course for 12-19 year olds.