The English Folk Dance and Song Society - EFDSS

A red brick building with a grey slate roof

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is one of the leading folk development organisations in the UK with a history dating back to 1898.
It is multi-faceted, being

a membership society with 4000 members;
an advocate and lobbyist;
an arts venue (Cecil Sharp House in North London) hosting concerts, lectures, multi-media events and an array of social dances;
an education, training and development agency providing classes and workshops for people of all ages and all abilities, and working in schools, colleges, community groups and supporting professional artists;
a publisher and on-line shop, publishing and selling a range of books and CDs on folk dance and music;
the custodian of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, an internationally renowned library and archive of the folk arts.

Through its work, the EFDSS aims to place the indigenous folk arts of England at the heart of our cultural life.

Venue Type:

Archive, Association or society

Opening hours

Opening Hours dependent on events, please contact venue for more details.

Admission charges

Dependent on events. The public are free to visit the house to view visual exhibitions, the cafe and the venue

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Painting, On Great Eastern Street. Developed from a shoot for Billy Bragg in Hoxton, East London. A hoarding in the background of the shoot remains traceable in the painting, though it no longer exists.

Narratives of Location: Judith Burrows

  • 19 October 2016 — 22 January 2017 *on now

Judith Burrows' images explore the unique resonance of a particular location, how we individually relate to our surroundings, and the narratives we weave into them.

This exhibition features large scale paintings inspired by the locations which Judith sources for her photographic and film portraits of musicians including the photo-shoot for June Tabor’s album Ashore in Deal, Oysterband’s album Meet You There in Dungeness and a shoot for Billy Bragg in Hoxton. Worked over with gouache, oils, abstract mono-printed textures, music score, and text, the paintings generate out from the confinements of the large stretched canvasses. The result is a multitude of dramatic narratives in one single image.

Judith’s research at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) at Cecil Sharp House has included archived music score, lyrics and most recently, folk dance illustrations for a hanging sculpture created with fellow artist Christine Poskitt, which will be included in the exhibition. A selection of Judith’s photographic portraits of musicians will hang alongside the canvasses, as well as sketches and notes taken for shoots.

Judith Burrows is a photographer, filmmaker and painter. She has won awards, had screenings against the National Theatre exterior, Queen Elizabeth Hall interior, at festivals worldwide, and been commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery and Capital Radio, among others. Her work is regularly featured in fRoots magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The English Folk Dance and Song Society - EFDSS
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road
Greater London




020 7485 2206

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