The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library will present a series of four lectures in Spring 2024.
All lectures will take place on Zoom, and will be priced at £5 each or £15 for the whole series.
Tuesday 16 January 2024 | 7.30pm
Stephen Rowley examines the history and contemporary survival of a Catalan dance form which has much in common with morris dancing, showing how the folk music and dance community can work together to ensure the continuation of tradition.
Tuesday 13 February 2024 | 7.30pm
Frances Wilkins shares the findings of her project
on singing and belief in the Gaelic tradition of the West Highlands and Western Isles.
Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 7.30pm
In the centenary of his death, Adèle Commins highlights the use of folk melodies in the music of Stanford, his involvement with the Folk Song Society, and his contribution to debates on folk music in education at the turn of the twentieth century.
Tuesday 16 April 2024 | 7.30pm
Nigel Tallis introduces the work of Bavarian expat artist George Scharf (1788-1860), which depicts the music and dance of Georgian London’s streets, and may hint at the origins of some of English folk culture’s traditional beasts.
Saturday 12 Feb 2022, 9:30am-5:00pm, on Zoom
One-day conference – In-person and online
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY
For more than 20 years, the annual Broadside Day, organised jointly by the Traditional Song Forum and the EFDSS, has been the gathering place for people interested in street literature and cheap print – broadsides, chapbooks, prints, tracts, penny histories, woodcuts, and so on.
We would be pleased to receive submissions for 20-minute papers on any aspect of cheap print and street literature.
Most of our papers are concerned with British and Ireland, or English-language print traditions elsewhere, but we always have one or two from further afield, so we would welcome submissions from other places.
Contributors might like to know that many previous Broadside Day papers have been published by The Ballad Partners.
Wednesday 12 January 2022
Late in the Victorian era, the Arts and Crafts movement and the revival of interest in folk music both looked back to past ways of life. Meeting in these cross-currents, Cotswold villagers and the arts and crafts community sang and danced together, with the help of Mary Neal, Cecil Sharp and others.
Martin Graebe is a researcher and writer about traditional song and song collectors.
Wednesday 16 February 2022
A summary of the pitfalls and problems of field-recording, and some measures to arrest – or at least slow down – the process by which musics can wither and die.
Michael Church’s book ‘Musics Lost and Found: Song Collectors and the Life and Death of Folk Tradition’ was published in October.
Wednesday 16 March 2022
This event has been cancelled and we hope to have a rescheduled date in place soon.
In the nineteenth century Cornwall was the last county to be connected to the national rail network. Folk collectors mobilised to preserve narratives threatened by the perceived onslaught of tourists and modernity, and some of these collectors also wrote fiction.
This talk considers the relationship between folklore collecting and literature set in Cornwall at that time.
Dr Joan Passey is a Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol, specialising in nineteenth-century literature and the Gothic from the eighteenth century to the present.
Wednesday 20 April 2022
Alec Hunter (1899–1958) was an artist, textile designer and Morris dancer. Raised on Arts and Crafts precepts, he perceived Morris dancing as a highly developed form of English ‘social art’, an apt panacea for an age of disenchantment and division.
This illustrated lecture will examine Hunter’s influence on the interwar Morris revival and will explore many of the threads woven throughout his life.
Dr Matt Simons is a Morris dancer and scholar. His doctoral thesis examines ideas of Englishness in the Morris dance revival of the early twentieth century through a series of intellectual biographies.