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At the heart of English folk

Gold Badge recipients 2017 announced

Four individuals and a family group are the latest recipients of Gold Badge awards from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).  Gold Badges are given for unique or outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, distinguished service to EFDSS and/or exceptional contributions to EFDSS’ work.

Tunes of the Munster Pipers

‘Tunes of the Munster Pipers’ event showcases tunes from the James Goodman Collection

A special event at Cecil Sharp House will explore the musical landscape of 19th century southwest Ireland, through tunes drawn from Goodman’s outstanding manuscript collection.

The concert, on Thursday 5 October, sees fiddle player Aoife Ní Bhriain, and Uillean piper Caoimhín Ó Fearghail perform a selection of the 2300 tunes in the collection, against a visually stimulating backdrop by artist Michael Fortune. Narration from ITMA Director, Grace Toland, will guide the audience through their musical journey.

James Goodman (1828−1896), a native of Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a canon of the Church of Ireland and Professor of Irish at Trinity College Dublin. His exceptional music and song manuscript collection is held in Trinity College Dublin and was published in two volumes entitled Tunes From the Munster Pipers, in 1998 and 2013 respectively. In 2016, the combined efforts of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) and Trinity College Dublin made the manuscripts available online for the first time. These can be explored on the ITMA website.

Tunes of the Munster Pipers is presented by ITMA / Irish Heritage, in association with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

Tickets: £20 (£10 for under 30s) including reception and programme
Tickets can be booked online via the ‘DONATE’ button on the Irish Heritage website.



English Dance & Song, Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017 issue of EDS magazine out now

Autumn may be upon us, but fine memories of the summer’s festivals prevail. In this edition, you can read reviews by some of our contributors, plus find out what festivals are taking place in our autumn festival guide.

National Youth Folk Ensemble Summer Tour

This summer we’re celebrating the first year of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. The Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music, and to work with leading folk artists.

EFDSS awards funding for new music

Seven projects will create new music rooted in the English folk tradition following the latest round of funding awards by England’s national development agency for the folk arts.

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has made four awards under its 2017 Creative Bursary scheme and three through its Creative Seed Funding programme.