The English Folk Dance and Song Society - EFDSS

The English Folk Dance and Song Society - EFDSS
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road
London
Greater London
NW1 7AY
England

Website

www.efdss.org

E-mail

info@efdss.org

Telephone

020 7485 2206

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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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Family Barn Dance

  • 12 April 2015 3-5pm
  • 9 May 2015 3-5pm
  • 14 June 2015 3-5pm

Bring the entire family and take part in lively dances from the British Isles in a supportive and fun environment. A wonderful and creative way to spend time together as a family, these high energy events give budding dancers a chance to take their first steps and spins. Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions. Dances are specially selected to suit children and adults of all ages, so everyone can take part.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7 adult
£5 child
FREE under 2

Website

http://www.cecilsharphouse.org/csh-whats-on

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Boo Hewerdine & Kris Drever

  • 16 April 2015 7:30-10:30pm

A gig featuring two of the UK’s most prominent and in-demand guitarists and songwriters, as the duo bring their first ever collaborative tour to London. Scotland’s Kris Drever (Lau) and England’s Boo Hewerdine (The Bible, Eddi Reader) have long been connected through song, having worked together on Kris’ album Black Water. Produced by mutual friend and Scottish folk musician John McCusker, the recording led to future live collaborations and a tour with Eddi Reader. This show will see the pair perform new material, written and recorded in late summer 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/16-apr-15-boo-hewerdine--kris-drever-cecil-sharp-house/

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Fabian Holland

  • 23 April 2015 7:30-10:30pm

This gig sees rising star, masterful guitar player and singer, Fabian team up with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fred Claridge to present an evening of powerful music. Fabian and Fred will perform songs from his newly released second album, A Day Like Tomorrow. The new release takes his signature style in a new direction, exploring a contemporary side, whilst retaining its signature folk and blues sound. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/23-apr-15-fabian-holland-cecil-sharp-house/

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Kate Rusby

  • 25 April 2015 7:30-10:30pm

An unmissable show featuring one of the defining voices of contemporary English folk music. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals have that rare ability to transport her audience, taking them on a lyrical journey through stories of folk, old and modern. This gig will see Kate perform a selection of much-loved classics, as well as songs from her new album, Ghost. As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£25

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/25-apr-15-kate-rusby--cecil-sharp-house/

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Megson

  • 30 April 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Stu and Debbie Hannah are husband and wife duo Megson. Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards they draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a unique brand of folk music. Their infectious sound is a mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars and mandolas. This gig will see Debbie and Stu perform songs from their fourth album, In a Box. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/30-apr-15-megson--cecil-sharp-house/

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Beyond the Marches/Dros y Ffin

  • 4 May 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Some of the finest young contemporary folk musicians from England and Wales will explore and celebrate the shared history and culture of our two nations. In a unique artistic residential collaboration, they will breathe new life into traditional songs and tunes unearthed from the countries’ national archives. Reflecting a heritage of cultural and musical differences which has transcended borders, weaved together in their own inimitable styles, this alliance will be a rare opportunity to savour a new piece of musical history. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15

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The Full English

  • 10 May 2015 7-10pm

Featuring Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£22.50

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/10-may-15-the-full-english-cecil-sharp-house/

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Lady Maisery

  • 21 May 2015 7:30-10:30pm

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominated, and lauded from Songlines, the Spiral Awards, The Independent and BBC Radio 3, this talented trio explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/21-may-15-lady-maisery-cecil-sharp-house/

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The Young'uns

  • 27 May 2015 7:30-10:30pm

It is going to be a busy year for The Young’uns. In 2015 they will release their new album, Another Man’s Ground, collectively celebrate their 30th birthday, and attend the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with a nomination for ‘Best Group’. Displaying irrepressible humour, an infectious love for harmony singing, passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, the band have quickly become one of the most sought after acts on the English folk scene. Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£12

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/27-may-15-the-young-uns--cecil-sharp-house/

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Emily Portman Trio

  • 27 June 2015 7:30-10:30pm

Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player originating from Glastonbury and hailed “one of the new British folk scene's most beguiling presences” (Uncut). Inspired by the darker underbelly of folklore and balladry, Emily weaves harmony-rich narratives alongside Lucy Farrell (viola) and Rachel Newton (harp).

“Remarkable & original”

Observer

Promoted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) in association with Songlines Magazine.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/27-jun-15-emily-portman-trio-cecil-sharp-house/

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The Stray Birds

  • 19 August 2015 7:30-10:30pm

The Stray Birds are one of the hottest bands to emerge from the US roots music circuit in recent times. They have built a solid fan base from a steady touring schedule and appearances at some of the biggest Stateside festivals. The band have won hearts on this side of the Atlantic too, winning invitations to play at events such as Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and Tonder Festival in Denmark. With the release of the new album, Best Medicine, the trio show no signs of slowing down.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£14

Website

http://www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse/events/19-aug-15-the-stray-birds-cecil-sharp-house/

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