The team at Cecil Sharp House would like to thank you all for your patience while building works continue at Cecil Sharp House.
In June 2013 the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) launched a huge online digital archive of England’s major manuscript collections from seven major archives, including those of Frank Sidgwick, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and many others, made largely possible with a £585,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
BBC Radio 6 Music will be celebrating The Full English project this Sunday. In preparation they want you to pick the Ultimate Folk Playlist. Suggest your favourite tracks and they may well be played on this Sunday's episode of Now Playing @6 Music.
John Kirkpatrick, one of the giants of the British folk scene, will be guiding listeners through The Full English digital archive in a BBC Radio 4 programme entitled "Digital Folk" today at 3.30pm*. You’ll hear from our very own Library Director Malcolm Taylor, musicians Billy Bragg, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr and Martin Simpson, as well as playwrights Nell Leyshon and Lee Hall (of Billy Elliott fame).
We've delved into the digital archive, so if you would like to explore any of the songs and tunes mentioned the links are listed below. Happy listening and discovering!