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Celebrating Cyril

Celebrating Cyril will be held on Saturday 14th April 2007 at Cecil Sharp House to remember the life and work of Cyril Tawney, who died in April 2005, and to raise funds for the preservation of his archive of writing, field recordings and folk memorabilia, which will be housed in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library in Cecil Sharp House.

Among the many friends and colleagues taking part will be Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson, Shep Woolley, Roy Harris, Doc Rowe, Martyn Wyndham-Read and Iris Bishop, Roy Clinging, Les Barker, Tim Laycock, Heather Wood, and a contingent from the West of England, including the Dartmoor Pixie Band with their caller Sarah Bazeley, Jim Causley, Ed Rennie, Tim van Eyken, Hanging Johnny, The Claque and Graham O'Callaghan.  In the afternoon, a Westcountry Revel with entertainment by the Westcountry performers including dancing to the Dartmoor Pixie Band, will highlight Cyril's strong regional connections.  Following this, Shep Woolley and friends will present Hands to Dance and Skylark, Shep's programme about Cyril's seminal work on the traditional songs of the modern Royal Navy.  The bill for the evening concert will include many of England's leading performers of traditional songs and music.  Throughout the day Doc Rowe's audiovisual exhibition, which documents aspects of Cyril and his work, will be on display and there will be ample opportunity to socialise at singarounds and in the bar.

Afternoon (12 - 6.30pm) £12; Evening Concert (8 - 11pm) £15; Combined ticket £25.  Tickets will be on sale in October from: 'Celebrating Cyril' c/o English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, 2, Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.  Cheques payable to 'EFDSS'. Envelopes to be marked 'Celebrating Cyril'.  For credit card payments contact EFDSS: Telephone 020 7485 2206 or email: info@efdss.org   General enquiries to jsteel@clara.co.uk


EFDSS Gold Badges

Gold Badges (the highest honour bestowed by the English Folk Dance and Song Society) have recently been awarded to Doc Rowe and Tony Engle.

Doc's was presented at Tate Britain on 7th July, citation by Malcolm Taylor, Tony's will be presented at Sidmouth Festival, Thursday 10th August, 11.30 - 1pm at the Manor Pavilion, citation by Reg Hall.

Texts of the citations will be published in the next issue of ED&S and will be available on www.efdss.org


Same time, same place, next year

A Radio 4 Archive Hour, Saturday 26 August, 2006, 8pm.  A programme about the life, work and archive of Doc Rowe, aptly entitled Same time, same place, next year.  Presented by Malcolm Taylor.


Life and Times in Irish Song

Saturday 2nd September 2006 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Continuing the Traditional Song Forum's series of 'Life and Times' sessions, a unique chance to hear four of the most experienced collectors and commentators in the field of Irish traditional song: Jim Carroll, Pat Mackenzie, John Moulden, and Tom Munnelly.


Musical Traditions Club dates

King & Queen, Foley Street, London W1 - Junction of Foley Street/Cleveland Street.  Nearest tube Goodge Street.
Monthly, Fridays, 8:00 p.m.

Membership £1 annually, payable on the door.  Admission for members £6, concessions £3.50, non-members £7, concessions £4.

For further information or to leave name & address for membership, ring 0208 340 0530 or contact petawebken@aol.com


2006 ECMW and Dave Hunt

I hear that everyone had a good time at Bishops Castle - just a bugger to have missed it!

I am now at home - the first hip having dislocated 4 times, they operated again last Friday and re-did the whole thing (two and a half hour op apparently).  So I am now recuperating - I'm not allowed to drive for 12 weeks, so am relying on local friends for transport/shopping etc.

Perhaps you might like to put a bit in the 'News' section of MT so that people know I'm now at home.

Best wishes, sunshine and smiles

Dave Hunt - 28.6.06

Frank Harte Festival

The first Frank Harte Festival will take place on the weekend of the 22nd to 24th of September, in Dublin.

Friday 22 September 2006

Saturday 23 September 2006 Sunday 24 September 2006 Contact: Jerry O'Reilly, 6 The Orchard, Palmerstown, Dublin 20.  Tel: 0035316267589  Mob: 00353868161557  E-mail: oreilly@clubi.ie


Sheila Stewart MBE

In case any of you missed it in the papers, you may like to know that Sheila Stewart was awarded an MBE in the last batch of honours a week or so ago.  Sheila - like Bob Copper - is reportedly delighted at the recognition, so be sure to congratulate her when you next see her.


Temporary Closure of the Irish Traditional Music Archive

26 June to 11 August 2006 inclusive

The Irish Traditional Music Archive, currently situated at No.63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, will be moving to new premises in July 2006 in order to improve and expand its public services and archival facilities.  The Archive holds the largest collection in existence of the materials of Irish traditional music, and of information about it, which it makes available to the general public free of charge.

In recognition of the growth of its collections and services, and its potential for further development, the Archive has been allocated No.73 Merrion Square, a 200-year-old listed heritage building ten doors from its present premises in the centre of Georgian Dublin.  The Office of Public Works, which is responsible for Government and historic buildings in the Republic of Ireland, is currently finishing high-grade conservation and restoration works on the building.

As advertised, the move to new premises will involve a period of closure for the Archive.  From Monday 26 June the Archive will be packing its collections and dismantling its storage equipment for the move to its permanent home at No.73 Merrion Square.  After a relatively brief period rehousing its collections, installing a new computer network, and setting up an audio-visual recording studio and various specialist rooms, it will reopen to the public there at 10:00 am on Monday 14 August.

During the period of closure, it will not be possible to access the Archive’s collections, and its query service (by phone, fax and letter) will be suspended.  Archive staff will however be able to continue to a degree with their work on collection, conservation, cataloguing, field recording, publication, lecturing, consultation and broadcasting.

The Archive is financially supported by the Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

For further information check the Archive’s website at www.itma.ie or ring the Archive at +353-1-6619699

Nicholas Carolan - 20.6.06

Music in Ireland

Readers of Geoff Wallis's review of the book, Music in Ireland: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Dorothea E Hast and Stanley Scott may like to know that it is now in the OUP sale at £6.25 hardback and £2.75 paperback, plus post and packing.  Since the original prices were £24.99 and £10.99 respectively, that represents a very tasty saving on a book which according to Geoff, was quite a bargain even at full price.  The sale is on until August 4th 2006 or until stocks last.  Further details are at: www.oup.co.uk/sale/2006/music/?WT.mc_id=acmk060602

Fred McCormick - 13.6.06

I'm a Romany Rai

A new talk by Shirley Collins, 7.30, Monday 6 November, 2006, at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY, tel: 020-7485 2206; www.efdss.org  Tickets £6.50 (postal applicants please send a stamped addressed envelope).

Shirley Collins presents her new talk about the traditional songs of Southern English Gypsies, illustrated by field recordings, photographs and pictures.  Told with affection, compassion and humour, it gives an insight into the lives of gypsies, and shows what a remarkable stock of songs they have, ranging from ancient ballads, carols and street cries, through to local and topical songs.  The voices are unique and the performances beguiling and powerful.  Don't miss it if you love English music.


Steppin' In

The bad news ... the second Steppin' on the Eel's Foot festival (due to take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July at the Eel's Foot pub near Leiston in Suffolk) had been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  The good news ... we at the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust were originally supporting the stepdance side of the event, and have now stepped in to 'keep the game going'.  So there will now be a one-day event incorporating a stepdance workshop and the 7th annual Steve Monk Memorial Stepdance Competition on Sunday 2nd July at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew in Suffolk.

The stepdance workshop will take place from 10am to midday and will be run by Simon Ritchie and will also feature Gypsy dancers Pam Buckley from Norfolk and Tom Orchard from Devon.  From midday until 6pm there will be a big music and song session with the Old Hat Concert Party, Mary Humphreys and Anahata and the Orchard Family plus sepcial guests, and the stepdance competition will take place at 2.30pm.  We are keen to encourage all-comers as well as experts into the competition - no clogs please, this is East Anglian style improvised stepping in hard-soled shoes.

Tickets for the day cost £5, and will be available on the door only, not in advance.  The Riverside Centre is a few metres off the A12 in Stratford St Andrew, between Woodbridge and Saxmundham.  There will be a real ale bar and light refreshments during the day.

Stepdancing and more at Traditional Music Day

If you can't make that date, or if youre interests are a bit wider, then why not come over to Suffolk on Saturday 2nd September instead, for the Traditional Music Day which we run at the Museum of East Anglian Life.  As well as the biggest gathering of stepdancers for the annual stepdance special, there are many local musicians and singers due to meet up and make music together.  Special guests this year are the Copper Family, Alistair Anderson, Will Duke & Dan Quinn and Ray Hubbard and the Thaxted Country Dance Band featuring Simon Ritchie.  A programme of events called A Sweet Country Life has been put together to celebrate the life of Tony Harvey, singer, member of Old Hat Concert Party and patron of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, who died earlier this year.  This all takes place in the superb setting of 70 acres of rolling countryside in the heart of the town of Stowmarket - near excellent B&Bs and 10 minutes walk from a mainline train station! Tickets for this event are best booked in advance - look on our website at www.eatmt.org.uk for more details and a booking form.

'Before the Night was Out ...'

This is the title of the music book we are in the throes of publishing ... transcriptions of nearly a hundred tunes from traditional melodeon, dulcimer and fiddle players from Suffolk and Norfolk.  The book will also feature photographs, biographies and extensive notes, and will be published in summer 2006.

Katie Howson - 22.5.06
East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

VWML Online

The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library launches VWML Online - 6 May 2006


Specialist libraries such as VWML live or die by the depth, breadth and effectiveness of their catalogues and indexes.  Up until 1995, a number of these were created on cards and have proved invaluable tools for researchers at all levels.  Since 1995, some have been continued in electronic formats while other have been converted or created from scratch electronically.  The ultimate goal for VWML Online is to host digital catalogues and indexes to all its collections.  This will take time and no doubt some serious funding, but for the moment we are launching some already developed by VWML, with the special bonus of hosting the Roud Folk Song Index.

Initially, we are making available the Collectors' Indexes.  These focus on the performers from whom information was recorded by the collectors whose papers we hold either as originals or as copies.  They give the performers' names, places of residence, dates of collection, any other additional notes to hand (such as age and occupation) and of course the manuscript references to the material collected.  Where the manuscripts have been included in the Roud Folk Song Index, then song titles will also appear and, in the case of the Cecil Sharp index, photographic images of some of the singers.  So far we have made available the aforementioned Sharp index and those for the manuscripts of George Gardiner, Henry and Robert Hammond, Lucy Broadwood, Maud Karpeles, Francis Collinson, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger.  You will be able to search in individual fields of information (e.g. by name, place, county, country) or on multiple fields to narrow down your search.  You will also be able to cross search all indexes at once, which throws up some interesting facts about performers who were visited by more than one collector, such as Henry Burstow of Horsham, Sussex (Broadwood and Vaughan Williams) and Amos Ash of Combe Florey, Somerset (Sharp and Hammond).  We shall soon be adding indexes for Anne Geddes Gilchrist and Janet Blunt, so keep an eye on http://library.efdss.org

The Roud Folk Song Index is a database of 143,000 references to songs that have been collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world.  It is text based. In other words, it does not recognise tunes or tune types but is solely based on the textual content of the songs included.  It provides references to songs, not the song texts themselves.  Having found the song you are looking for you can then track down the reference at a library, the principal first source being VWML.

But we now need your help.  VWML Online is a developing website and will be updated and added to regularly.  If you find mistakes or wish to comment on the design and usefulness of the website, please let us know at library@efdss.org.

Malcolm Taylor - 5.5.06
VWML Librarian

Keith Summers Festival

The Musical Traditions Club Keith Summers Festival - May 19th-21st 2006 (see below) - is now sold out except for a few Friday evening and Sunday evening tickets.

Ring 0208 340 0530 to get yours.


Feile Joe Einniú

Feile Joe Einniú, the Joe Heaney Commemorative Festival, is being staged this year from Friday 28th to 30th April at Carna in Connemara.

The provisonal programme is as follows.

For further details contact the festival organiser, Micheál Ó Cuaig on 095 3359981


Royal Oak Club dates:

Royal Oak, Station Street, Lewes, East Sussex - Thursdays.  Some dates of interest: Further info at: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic


Voices from the Past

Saturday 11th February, on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm, The Archive Hour presents: Voices from the Past - Irish novelist Colm Toibin presents the story of a race against time to save Ireland's age-old storytelling tradition.  As a generation of oral storytellers were dying out in early 20th-century Ireland, a small band of dedicated collectors decided their stories should not die with them.  Taking to Ireland's highways, they persuaded thousands of tellers, singers and musicians to be recorded.  The result is the Irish National Folklore Collection at University College, Dublin; one of the largest repositories of oral stories and traditions in the world.

Obviously it's a bit short notice to put it onto the News page, but if people miss it tonight the Archive Hour can be heard via the web on BBC R4 Playback over the coming week.


Reminiscences of Horsham on-line

John Shaw, of Bristol, writes:
I accidentally discovered that Henry Burstow’s Reminiscences of Horsham has now been published in full online by South Riding Folk Arts Network at: www.folk-network.com/miscellany/burstow/burstow.html   What a fantastic resource the internet is!

John Shaw - 10.2.06

Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend

The following guests have confirmed they will be attending: I have booked the new village hall at Low Bradfield for a dance on the Saturday night when Pipers Share will play and many of the guests will perform.

Mark Davies - 9.2.06

The Yorkshire Garland Group

Just to let you know our group have just heard we have been successful in our Lottery bid for £25,000 to set up our Yorkshire Garland Website.  This is an initial grant over 2 years to set up a website of Yorkshire songs, those about Yorkshire and those collected in Yorkshire.  Apart from a database of all known Yorkshire songs it will contain recordings of Yorkshire traditional singers and their biographies.

We are still looking for interested volunteers to help with finding material and obtaining permission to publish.  If you can help, please let me know.

Steve Gardham - 7.2.06

Bartók and Folk Music

On Sunday 5 February, from 14:00 to 15:30, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting a 90 minute programme called Bartók and Folk Music, in the Sunday Gala series.  This programme will bring tgether Hungarian vocalist, Marta Sebestyen, the Muzsikas ensemble and the Takacs Quartet, to interweave various Bartok chamber works with some of the folk songs and dances which inspired them.  The programme will also include field recordings from the Bartók archive.

Bartók and Folk Music will remain on Radio 3's Listen Again feature for seven days after transmission.  Go to www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 and follow the links.

Fred McCormick - 31.1.06

Stephen Baldwin CD, additions and corrections

There are a few additions and corrections which should be made to the notes I compiled for the Stephen Baldwin CD which appear in full on this site and in the booklet which accompanies the CD (“Here’s one you’ll like, I think” MTCD334). If anyone’s interested, an article by myself on the Baldwin recordings, including complete transcriptions of the tunes of which it has only been possible to include in part in MT, appeared in the latest edition of the magazine FiddleOn (www.fiddleon.co.uk).

Philip Heath-Coleman - 10.1.06

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