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21 Apr

Discover your inner folk! Fun, welcoming and expertly taught workshops at different levels in accordion, banjo, fiddle, guitar, melodeon, penny whistle and mixed instrument classes.

 

With their landmark 5th album, ‘Personae’, husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman introduce us to a host of new characters and stories from their fertile and energetic musical imaginations.

 

22 Apr

FamilyDance

Bring the entire family and take part in lively dances from the British Isles in a supportive and fun environment! Live music inspires the dancing and expert callers guide the moves with simple instructions.

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

23 Apr

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

The Prometheus Trust

Philosophy as understood by the Platonic tradition was not only a way of life, but an inner path - a means for discovering and bringing into conscious activity the “divine part of the human.”

 

24 Apr

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Travelling with Thomas

Travelling with Thomas is a folk musical in the making, the next exciting project from Morris Offspring's creator, Laurel Swift. Forced to travel to fairyland, Thomas is helped and hindered as he tried to find a safe way home. It is a tale of fairness, love, truth and time.

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

25 Apr

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Pete Coe

Presented by Mike Norris, former EFDSS chair and host of the Classic Folk Radio show, these unamplified traditional performances will take place in the intimate Storrow Hall at Cecil Sharp House. Enjoy tales of love and lust, incest and murder, humour and tragedy, sung by some of today's finest traditional singers.

 

26 Apr

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

27 Apr

Friday Feet

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

Get a taste of Scotland in London. There will be a foot stomping band leading you through the moves. Suitable for those who are absolute beginners or advanced dancers.

 

28 Apr

29 Apr

Bert Jansch

Learn to play Bert Jansch’s special riffs, vamps and elements and some of his iconic compositions.

 

Join us on the eve of the Wellcome Book Prize as the shortlisted candidates take to the stage and present their work in 15 minutes or less!

 

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

30 Apr

Folk Choir

Explore choral folk song arrangements in a relaxed and friendly environment.

 

Morena Slovak Dance Company

Your chance to learn from a professionally trained Slovak traditional dancer.

 

The Prometheus Trust

Philosophy as understood by the Platonic tradition was not only a way of life, but an inner path - a means for discovering and bringing into conscious activity the “divine part of the human.”

 

01 May

Camden Clog

Learn Lancashire clog dancing, a great northern British tradition, alive and kicking in the south. Classes are suitable for beginners and there’s no need to bring a partner.

 

This mixed level class is based on the popular and lively Cotswold morris tradition, in which dancers perform with handkerchiefs and sticks. 

 

Long established and much-loved folk club, with monthly guest nights. Floor singers always welcome.

 

02 May

Fiddle School

Improve your fiddle playing in a friendly group, led by Pete Cooper, who teaches fiddle playing by ear.

 

Marry Waterson - the beguiling folk singer and daughter of inimitable Bright Phoebus songwriter Lal Waterson performs alongside producer of her third album Two Wolves, Neill MacColl, son of folk legends Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. 

 

03 May

Irish Set Dancing

Enjoy Ireland's popular folk dance in a welcoming environment. All levels catered for in this friendly group.

 

Dancers

Explore England's social folk dance heritage. Led by tutor and caller Mike Ruff.

 

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

 

04 May

Friday Feet

Embrace the traditional folk dances from many countries. This drop-in class is ideal for beginners. No need to bring a partner.

 

05 May

06 May

Tango

Argentinean School of Tango & Folklore.

 

   

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Cecil Sharp House – home to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is positioned in the heart of London. Discover the best way to reach us.

 

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