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Elizabethan Sessions - PRE ORDER- Friday 25 July, 2014 Viewed:73
Elizabethan Sessions CD - Pre-order for 8 September release

“I hear tell of London, Buildings seven houses high, The perfume of the ladies, All the ways a man can die And the Woman King, she’s ten feet tall, She dresses all in white, They say she shines all over England, Though I’ve never seen the light” (London by John Smith)


This CD showcases the results of the multi artist commission from Folk by the Oak and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) that was inspired by the Elizabethan era took place in March 2014.


Featuring the cream of the contemporary folk world in a week-long residency, songs were premiered at live show at Hatfield House, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, and Cecil Sharp House. The group also appeared at the Folk by the Oak festival that takes place in the field featuring the very oak tree where legend claims the young Princess Elizabeth learnt of her ascent to the throne. Will this go out after Folk by the Oak.


Produced by Andy Bell (The Full English), the album was recorded at the Old Palace at Hatfield House in the very hall where Queen Elizabeth held her first Council of State and at Cecil Sharp House, home of EFDSS and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

From John Smith’s darkly brooding track London reflecting life as a peasant in Elizabethan England to Nancy Kerr’s Shores of Hispaniola examining the slave trade that of the the era; The Elizabethan Session is a classic blend of traditional and contemporary tracks.


Featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, and reviewed in The Guardian, Times, R2, fRoots, Living Tradition and Songlines, it promises to be one of the albums of 2014.

  “Alchemy yielded gold from the very beginning… a stunning and unforgettable evening”

Clive Davis, The Times *****


“An evening of unexpected songs...I look forward to the album"

Robin Denselow, The Guardian **** 


“An exciting project...It promises to be, to borrow another phrase from the Bard, a concord of sweet sounds”
Martin Chilton, Daily Telegraph

Pre order and read more about the album by clicking here

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Yan Tan Tethera: Project Related Stock!- Monday 09 June, 2014 Viewed:211

Yan Tan Tethera - Become part of the project

YTT Button 2_1.jpgYan Tan Tethera is a commission by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Curated by sonic visual artist David Littler it is a season of performances, events, workshops and an exhibition at and around Cecil Sharp House, the home of EFDSS, from May to September.

The inspirational commission, supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, explores the rich vein of folk songs and dances that have emanated from, and been inspired by, England’s textiles industry.


Become part of the project by learning to sing traditional textiles-related folk songs, and knit the motifs of socks, horseshoes, chickens, sheep as instructed within the limited edition Prick Your Finger's Yan Tan Tethera: Guide to Meditation Through Folk Song

Why not show your support with one of our exclusive Yan Tan Tethera badges, designed by Gillian Blease?

Or you can create your very own Stewart Easton embroidery, with his beautiful screen printed 'lost child' DIY Lucky Stitch Kits.

For more information about the commission visit our artists commission webpage here or the dedicated project website 


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EDS Summer 2014- Wednesday 05 March, 2014 Viewed:533
New edition

English Dance and Song Magazine - Summer 2014

Martin Carthy is the subject of the Singer, Song and Source article in this issue, with a song, Her Servant Man, that is on the CD, The Moral of the Elephant, which he shares with his daughter, English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Vice President, Eliza Carthy.

Vic Gammon has written about Martin. The song comes from Gladys Stone, who learned it from her father, John Johnson, so there is a definite father and daughter theme to this feature. Gladys Stone was recorded by Bob Copper when he was working part-time for the BBC in the 1950s.

There are more ‘generations’-themed articles in this issue. A feature on The Dartmoor Pixie Band traces the band back to Bob Cann and other Dartmoor musicians such as Jack Rice, and looks at current band members, including Bob’s grandson, Mark Bazeley, Jack’s grandson, Jason Rice, and a new generation of young musicians - Bob Cann’s great-grandchildren.

There’s an article on dance caller, Geoff Cubitt, and The Music Institute, Guildford, is the latest in the series of folk clubs in the 21st century.

It’s a year of Festival Anniversaries, with Sidmouth’s 60th, and Cambridge and Towersey’s 50th. There’s a feature on the anniversaries, as well as details of EFDSS’s contribution to several festivals this summer.

There are features on the latest successes from The Full English Learning Programme, and on the work of FolkActive in Hampshire in our Folk in Education series. Plus the regular features: EFDSS Matters, Reviews, News, Festive Round-Up, future dance events and Lives Remembered.

Purchase the current issue here

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