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Folk Song in England with Steve Roud



Steve Roud is widely recognised as one of our foremost authorities on folk song. Join him, with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, for this series of six evening online seminars on the social history of traditional song and singing in England up to about 1950 (when the post-war Folk Revival changed things dramatically).

This is a unique opportunity to learn from an expert in his field.Topics to be covered will include the changing definitions of ‘folk song’ over the last 200 years, the legacy of the early collectors such as Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and what the ‘folk’ themselves thought about their songs. We will listen to archive recordings and examine printed broadsides, consider female sailors and murdered sweethearts, and much more. The course is suitable for beginners and those already interested in the subject - and no singing will be required!

Session Dates

12th January 2021

19th January 2021

26th January 2021

2nd February 2021

9th February 2021

16th February 2021


The sessions will take place on Zoom, and attendance at the first of the series is mandatory. Booking is essential; we will only admit to the session those who have secured their place. Details of how to join the sessions will be sent to all those registered in due course.

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