Organisers: Sussex Traditions
Time: 18 February 2017
Location: Sussex, United Kingdom
Event type: course
Manifesto topic: Life skills for individuals
Target audience: People with mild to moderate mental health challenges
Description: A one-day course for anyone interested in the history of folk or traditional song in England, up to about 1950, presented by Sussex Traditions, together with the English Folk Dance & Song Society. It is for beginners as much as those who are already familiar with folk song. The focus will be on the social history of folk song, rather than technical musical aspects. You don’t have to be musical or sing to enjoy the day. You will learn about the history of folk song collecting in this country; the workings of the oral tradition and the contribution of printed broadsides and songsters; who sang the songs, where, when and how; and, of course, the songs themselves and where they came from. There will also be the opportunity to hear archive recordings (back to 1908!) and watch a film of a pub-singing session from the 1950s. Course leaders: Steve Roud (author and folklorist) and Laura Smyth (Library & Archive Director, EFDSS).
- Contact: Elizabeth Bennet / info(a)sussextraditions.org