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.
Comic by Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd

Biff Unplugged

  • 24 February — 31 May 2016 *on now

Chris Garratt and Mick Kidd have been locked in a long-distance comedy relationship since childhood.

Their cartoon strip Biff has entertained readers of International Times, City Limits,The Guardian , Prospect, BBC History and, since 1999, fRoots magazine. As The Ploughboys (named after their local Leicestershire pub, rather than faux rusticity) they recorded a tape with Peter Kennedy at CSH, alas long lost. Mick ran Swansea Folk Club in the mid 60s. and has recently published his autobiography, From Earache to Eternity. Chris still plays tea chest bass with his current band, The Barnacles.

Suitable for

  • Any age
A Cecil Sharp House Retrospective

A Cecil Sharp House Retrospective

  • 15 June — 2 October 2016

This exhibition will showcase art works which have made a special connection to Cecil Sharp House and our archive, taking fresh approaches to folk, including some fun pop cultural references.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road

Getting there

Camden Town Tube Station



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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