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Black Sailors and Sea Shanties - new folk song resource for Black History Month

Black History Month
We are happy to announce that we have created our first learning resource in celebration of Black History Month.

The resource comprises downloadable teachers’ notes and accompanying vocal and instrumental sound files freely available via our Resource Bank. It is designed to support learning in the Key Stage 3 curriculum and is based around three sea shanties associated with black sailors from as far afield as South America and the USA as well as Britain. The resource features arrangements and recordings from artists Adriano Adewale and Hazel Askew and was created by staff from EFDSS Education team and Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
Find out more | Explore the resource

An Introduction to Folk Song in England – one-day course

Folk Song in England
This term we are welcoming back internationally published folklorist Steve Roud and Vaughan Williams Library and Archive Director Laura Smyth for An Introduction to Folk Song in England. The popular introductory level day will explore the history of English folk song and will take place on Sunday 16 October at Cecil Sharp House.
Topics will include: the many possible definitions of ‘folk’, the songs themselves, the singers, places and times for singing, sources from which people learned songs, folksong collectors, scholars and the beginnings of the post-War revival.

Past participants said:

"Excellent quality, engaging."

"A really great introduction to the subject!"

Find out more and enrol

October half term courses for young people

October half term courses
Enrolments are now open for our popular October half term folk music courses for children and young people.

Find out more and enrol.

Film of EFDSS youth dance commission for U.Dance 2016

We are happy to share a new film featuring Life Remixed, an ‘electric’ youth dance piece, fusing folk and hip hop performed by youth dancers from the North West. Created by Folk Dance Remixed, the piece was commissioned by EFDSS in partnership with North West Dance for U.Dance 2016 in Salford.

Watch the film

EFDSS presenting at Musicians’ Union Teachers’ CPD Weekend

Professional Development Weekend
Friday 28 & Saturday 29 October,
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance

On the Saturday, EFDSS will be leading a session on Folk Music Ensembles in Schools and Beyond which introduces folk music in schools and informal settings, with a focus on the London Youth Folk Ensemble and the new National Youth Folk Ensemble launching in October 2016 under the guidance of artistic director Sam Sweeney.

Find out more and book

Coming up...

Folk Educators Group
Folk Educators Group – next practitioner development day
21 November, DanceXchange, Birmingham,

Hosted by DanceXchange and co-chaired by Jan Reynolds (Folk 3D) and Pam Bishop (The Traditional Arts Team).

Find out more and join

From our friends

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2017
BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2017

The Young Folk Award is Radio 2’s annual search for the UK’s most promising players of folk music, looking for musicians, singers and songwriters who play folk, roots or acoustic music of any kind. The contest is open to soloists, duos and groups aged between 16 and 21.

Find out more

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Photo credits
Folk Song in England by Tomoko Kinoshita
Folk Educators Group by Rachel Elliott
October half term coureses by Roswitha Chesher

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