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At the heart of English folk

EDS sample articles

EDS, the magazine of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, is the world’s oldest magazine for folk music and dance.

First published in 1936, EDS is essential reading for anyone with a passion for folk arts.


These sample articles are copyright. You are welcome to share them in the format supplied, but you may not reproduce them, in full or in part, by any other means.

EDS cover Autumn 2019: Tower Ravens in Whitby

Autumn 2019 

Inclusive Folk
Education Manager Cassie Tait on a pilot project for disabled young people.

Dancing England moves on
It’s 40 years since the first Dancing England took place. Phil Heaton looks back at its origins – and ahead to its future.


EDS cover Summer 2019: Topic album covers

Summer 2019 

This time it’s social!
Chloe Middleton-Metcalfe discusses the new social dancing study guide she has produced for the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML).

Song searching just got easier…
Laura Smyth, Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, on the Folk Song Subject Index.

Clogs are Cool!
Peter Craik, Director of Marketing, on #DancePassion 

EDS cover Spring 2019: enthusiastic young dancers

Spring 2019 

What are the ingredients for a great youth ceilidh?
Youth Forum member Lauren Ward discusses what she’s learnt from running youth ceilidhs at Cecil Sharp House with the EFDSS Youth Forum.

Food for Thought
A survey of young performers under the age of 30, asking about folk clubs.

Five minutes with Doc Rowe and Anna FC Smith
We find out about the Lore and the Living Archive exhibition.

EDS cover Winter 2018

Winter 2018 

Musicians in Museums
Katy Spicer writes about Aimee Leonard’s work at the National Maritime Museum in the EFDSS Musicians in Museums Artists’ Development programme.

Folk Family Tree: Kerry Fletcher
Natalya Catton Wilson talks to folk dancer and educator Kerry Fletcher.

EDS cover Autumn 2018

Autumn 2018 

Cecil Sharp House Choir
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, sings the praises of Cecil Sharp House Choir as it marks its first decade.


EDS cover Summer 2018

Summer 2018 

Steps for Success
A report on EFDSS’ national conference on the practice of English social folk dance.

Traditional Song Forum
Martin Graebe celebrates 20 years of the Traditional Song Forum.

EDS cover Spring 2018

Spring 2018 

National Youth Folk Ensemble
Folk’s Future Stars: as recruitment begins for the third cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, Sarah Jones, Programme Manager for the Ensemble, reflects on the journey so far.


EDS cover Winter 2017

Winter 2017 

Tuning into the Tradition
An idea took seed in the mind of Mike Norris, former EFDSS chairman and host of the Classic Folk weekly radio show, about presenting a night that puts purely traditional song at its core. This idea has now come to fruition with a series of Trad Nights at Cecil Sharp House. Natalya Catton Wilson finds out more

Hunting for a treasured painting
We’re on the hunt to see if anyone knows where the original of this Playford picture might be, if it still exists. Mike Wilson-Jones, a volunteer at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library looking at the Society’s archives, discusses what we know so far

EDS cover Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017 

Supporting our network of folk educators
Kerry Fletcher, EFDSS’ Folk Educators Group Co-ordinator, discusses the activities of our Folk Educators Group (FEG)

Delve digitally into the Carpenter Collection
Elaine Bradtke, of the James Madison Carpenter Collection Project team, and Laura Smyth, Library and Archives Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), discuss the latest exciting addition to the VWML’s digital archive

EDS cover Summer 2017

Summer 2017 

Dancing With Respect
Lisa Heywood discusses the importance of respectful behaviour during folk dancing

Folk Song Community Choir
Sandra Kerr discusses the joy of folk singing as part of a choir


EDS cover Spring 2017

Spring 2017 

Folk of the Future
Sarah Jones, Programme Manager for the National Youth Folk Ensemble, reports on EFDSS’ formation of a group designed to develop our next generation of folk instrumentalists

Swords and Stars: Rapper Dance for Primary Schools
Gold Badge holder Phil Heaton reviews this teaching resource, part of EFDSS’ The Full English Extra Resource Bank

EDS cover Winter 2016

Winter 2016 

Facing up to a dancing debate
In the light of public debate over the rights and wrongs of blackface morris, EFDSS’ Chief Executive and Artistic Director Katy Spicer looks at the history of ‘blacking-up’ and its current status.

Inclusive conference inspires ideas
Rachel Elliott, Education Director, discusses how our first Inclusive Folk conference has set the tone for future activities with disabled participants.


EDS cover Spring2016

Spring 2016 

Our club in our pub
Richard Catton reports on the Black Swan in York