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Woodcut image of lovers parting

Traditional Folk Song: Past, Present & Future

Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November 2018


Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Folk song, the everyday music of the common people as passed from generation to generation, has been highly debated ever since the first attempts by early collectors to define it. It has been performed, collected, researched, and unpicked, and the defining qualities which make it unique continue to stimulate current debate and approaches to collecting.

Old photos of singers

An Introduction to Folk Song in England

Sunday 2 December, 10.30am–4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House, London

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

Martin Graebe giving a lecture

Library Lectures 2019

The new series of Library Lectures kicks off in January, welcoming four fantastic speakers who will guide you through fascinating topics around folk song and dance.

Tickets on sale soon.

Almanack seller

Broadside Day 2019

Saturday 23 February 2019

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The Broadside Day is our annual one-day conference covering street literature in all its fascinating aspects – broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last-dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar’s packs up and down the country in past centuries.

Pat Tracey step dancing

Stepping On: A conference on stepping in dance across the British Isles and beyond

Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 November 2019

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY

The British Isles have a rich history of step dancing of many forms and in many contexts some of which are relatively well known and others largely lost. It is a history which goes back many centuries and links with traditions in other parts of the world. The aim of the conference is to further our knowledge and understanding, and to stimulate debate. The conference will be of interest to practitioners, researchers and all who are interested in the diversity of traditional dance in the British Isles.