Other Traditional Music Events 2024

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Ely Folk Festival 12th-14th July

Strumpshaw Tree Fair 13th & 14th July

Starting on Sunday 19th May:


Collectomania! Folk Song and Music Collectors and their Worlds

VENUE: Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY

DATE: Sat. 20th July – Sun. 21st July 2024

Organised jointly by the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) and the Traditional Song Forum (TSF); with the support of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA), the Welsh Folk Song Society, and the Elphinstone Institute (Aberdeen).

 Contact: Steve Roud (steveroud@gmail.com)

For well over two hundred years, and for a variety of reasons,  ‘folk’ song and music enthusiasts have ventured into the field and become collectors – gatherers of the material which has greatly enhanced our understanding of the vernacular culture of the past. But their activities have come under increased scrutiny in recent years, and it is time for a wide-ranging re-assessment of the collectors’ lives and works. This major two-day conference will investigate collectors as individuals and networks, their achievements and failures, motives, methods, strengths and  weaknesses, social and political context, and the underlying ethos of collecting itself.

The focus will be on collecting in Britain and Ireland, but we would also be pleased to hear from researchers in countries with strong historical folk cultural ties to these islands. The conference will be in-person, but papers from delegates who cannot attend can be pre-recorded and played on the day.

FolkEast – 16th-18th August

Come and say hello to the EATMT team who will have a stall in the Instrumental Area at this wonderful local festival which is celebrating its 12th year.

Bungay Folk Festival – 6th-8th September

Pete, Vicky and team have been working hard to bring a brand new weekend festival to Suffolk which includes Workshops, Concerts and a Youth Summer School led by our friends Finn Collinson and Heather Moss. www.bungayfolkfestival.co.uk

Filby’s Folk Radio Show and Unicorn Folk

Carl Filby, member of Unicorn Folk, also present a Radio Show – Filby’s Folk – on Royston Radio at 6pm on Sundays with a repeat on Tuesdays at 1pm. Click on the image below to take you to Filby’s Folk podcasts or listen live via Royston Radio.

East Suffolk Community Folk Orchestra

A new venture organised by Jo Poole after a very successful Community Folk Orchestra Workshop Day in December 2023 supported by Mardles is due to have its second meeting on Saturday 24th February at Bungay Community Centre. Meetings will be once a month and is gathering momentum!

The East Suffolk Community Folk Orchestra is open to any instrument, and to both experienced and less experienced players. Initially it will be just for adults, but once the community folk orchestra is confidently established younger players will be welcome to join.

The New Community Centre is situated on Old Grammar Lane, Bungay, between the medical centre and the fire station, adjacent to the playing field and skate park.

If you would like to join, or find out more, please contact: jopoole@protonmail.com / 07814 110784.

New pub session – Wheatsheaf, Gamlingay, Cambs SG19 3JJ – 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 7.30pm

Rod Ward of Rod Ward Violins is setting up a new pub session with English and Scottish music in Gamlingay, at the Wheatsheaf pub, SG19 3JJ. The first one is Thursday 22nd June , 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm.  Nice friendly local pub.

The venue is about 20 minutes West of Cambridge. Rod would like to include some singing, and step dancing.

1st Thursday of the month session

A new folk night session has been set up by Chris Holderness and Friends in Norwich.

For those who would like to come along but aren’t sure where the Belle Vue is, it’s 46 St Philips Road, Norwich NR2 3BL between Dereham Road and Earlham Road on the corner of Stafford Street and St Philips Road.

One Sunday a month – Stepdancing in Cambridgeshire

Following our visit into Cambridgeshire with our annual Stepdance Day, a keen group of dancers would like to encourage more likeminded individuals. All welcome! Get in touch if you’re interested where and when they are next meeting.

Stowmarket based Pallet Bar is looking for musicians! Either solo or duos welcome. Please get in touch with Eilish:

@Pallet Bar Stowmarket; email info@palletbar.uk; 01449 777109; www.palletbar.uk