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NEW! The Maypole Manual by Spinningpath Music- Friday 04 April, 2014 Viewed:43

The Maypole Manual
New title by Spinningpath Music

The Maypole Manual by Mike Ruff and Jenny Read has full colour pictures and diagrams of 19 different dances of accessible and curriculum-relevant content along with a 14 track CD.
The manual also includes further information on the origins and history of maypole dancing, inclusion, links to the wider curriculum, music for musicians to play and much more.

“Easy to use manual – even for a novice”
– Folkestone Primary Academy

"This is the answer to our prayers. A really well written book and entertaining music CD to get people of all ages maypole dancing."
– Paul James, Halsway Manor

The Maypole Manual set (book and CD) - only £30
The Maypole Manual £20
The Maypole Music £12

A Spinningpath Music publication
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EDS Spring 2014- Wednesday 05 March, 2014 Viewed:174
New edition

English Dance & Song, Spring 2014

EDS winter cover

The cover feature, and the subject of the Singer, Song and Source article, is the American singer, Jeff Warner - a frequent visitor to the folk clubs and festivals in this country.

His repertoire is drawn mainly from the collections of his parents, Frank and Anne Warner. The song is ‘Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still’, and although this isn’t a song that has been collected in the UK, it was published by many broadside printers in England. The source is one of the Warners’ favourite singers, Eleazar Tillett from North Carolina. Vic Smith has written about Jeff Warner, and Jeff has contributed the piece on Mrs Tillett.

The musical duo, Belshazzar’s Feast, are featured in an article by Lucy Whitfield. When the duo played more regularly for folk dances, one of their regular callers was Andrew Shaw, and there is an article about him as well, written by Ian Jones.

It’s exactly 150 years since the first May Day celebration was held in the Cheshire town of Knutsford, and a feature covers both the history and present day action of what is now known as Knutsford Royal May Day.

The first in a series of articles about successful folk clubs features the Poppy Folk Cluband the music and song sessions in The Beech pub in Manchester. There’s also an introduction to the series.

There are two articles that specifically cover The Full English: one describes some of the successes of users of the online digital archive, and the other looks at the continuing events that focus on the archive as well as on the learning programme.

There are previews of two other exciting EFDSS projects, Yan Tan Tethera and The Elizabethan Session.

Two Gold Badge citations, for David Blick and Ashley Hutchings, are included.

A tribute to Pete Seeger looks at his visits to the UK over a period of 50 years.

A report, the results and photographs from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 are included.

Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.


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Paperback edition now available!- Tuesday 04 February, 2014 Viewed:258

Paperback Edition of The New Penguin Book of English Folk Song Now Available!

We at the Folkshop are very pleased to announce that not only is the New Penguin Book of English Folk Song back in stock, but is also in the new more affordable paperback at only £9.99.

Please do visit our book section to explore other publications which explore the richness of English Folk, or jump straight to buy the paperback.

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