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Vaughan Williams Memorial Library to create a Folk Song Subject Index

Have you ever wanted to find folk songs about sea battles, or unrequited love, or ghosts?

The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) is undertaking a substantial new project to index, for the first time, what folk songs are about.

Folk collection returns ‘back home’ to new audiences

A renowned folk collection that was recorded around Britain over seventy-five years ago and has been stored in America ever since has been brought to new online audiences, thanks to a project led by the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute in partnership with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

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Job vacancy: Archivist

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is offering an exciting opportunity for a committed archives and records management professional to join the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library as Archivist.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Perry. The fiddler is Richard Sharp of the Boxgrove Tipteers and the ladies are dancing ‘The Black Nag’ in the garden of Richard Sharp’s house in Chichester.

Call for Papers: Locating Women in 'The Folk'

Perspectives on women's contributions to folk song, folklore and cultural traditions

Saturday 9 June 2018, University of Sussex

Remembering Pat Shaw

Archivist David Plant writes:

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw, one of the foremost composers and collectors of folk song and dance of the twentieth century.