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Steve Roud - Folk Song in England

  • Festival Art Centre Manor Rd Sidmouth EX10 8RP (map)

Steve Roude - Folk Song in England

5:30-7:00 pm Arts Centre Talk: History of Folk Song In England. To celebrate the publication of his book, Folk Song In England, by Faber, in August 2017, Steve Roud will talk about how traditional song developed in the period before 1950. Lecture and Q & A. Introduced by Derek Schofield. W £10

9:30-11:00 am Arts Centre Talk: Broadsides and the Folk: Street Literature meets the Oral Tradition presented by Steve Roud. We will investigate the history and development of street literature, and assess its effect on the folk tradition. Lecture. Q & A. W £10

12:00-1:30 pm Kingswood & Talk: The Carpenter Collection Goes Live by Julia Bishop and Steve Roud. The great Devoran Hotel, folk song and drama collection made by J.M. Carpenter in 1930s Britain has lain inaccesKingswood Room sible for decades. Now it’s available on the updated Vaughan Williams Library digital archive. Discover more about these exciting developments and the collection’s riches. W £10

In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music  - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth  century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music  which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other  parts of Britain and overseas. Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Percy Grainger, and a number of other enthusiasts gathered a huge  harvest of songs and tunes which we can study and enjoy at our leisure.But  after over a century of collection and discussion, publication and  performance, there are still many things we don't know about traditional  song - Where did the songs come from? Who sang them, where, when and  why? What part did singing play in the lives of the communities in which  the songs thrived? More importantly, have the pioneer collectors'  restricted definitions and narrow focus hindered or helped our  understanding?This is the first book for many years to  investigate the wider social history of traditional song in England, and  draws on a wide range of sources to answer these questions and many  more.