Welcome to The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

We celebrate the Traditional Music, Song, Dance and Customs of East Anglia through research and projects to preserve and re-invigorate the traditions of the past.

Latest News

Our lovely friend, singer and jig doll dancer Eric Baker has passed away after a short illness. His funeral takes place on Friday 10th May 2.30pm at Eric’s local church, St Thomas’s, Bramford Lane, Ipswich IP1 5BS for a service and then at Ipswich Crematorium (10 Cemetery Lane, Ipswich IP4 2TQ). The shanty group who Eric was a member of (The Rum Old Boys) will sing two songs at the crematorium then there will be refreshments back at St Thomas’s Church. There is very limited parking space at the church so most people will have to park on the road.

Eric sings at our Yaxley afternoon of music, song and dance in April 2023
Jim Lawrence

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of sailor, sail maker and wonderful musician Jim Lawrence. He was a regular face at EATMT events – most recently at last year’s More than Melodeons and Stepdance Day events.

You can hear about Jim on BBC Radio 4’s Last Word which was broadcast on Friday 8th March 2024 HERE (20 mins in but he is remembered with other great lives lost in recent weeks and the whole programme is worth a listen!)

Our next Newsletter (Spring-Summer 2024) is coming very soon!

Vaughan Williams’ Folk

Our project funded by the Heritage Fund Of The National Lottery, celebrating the folk songs collected by Vaughan Williams in our region. There’s a wonderful collection of Film, Podcast and Resources appearing on these pages More…

Dates for your diary – 2024


21st July – Stepdance Day returns to Essex – to The Compasses, Littley Green

21st September – Traditional Music Day

Line up announced!

Keep up to date HERE for the latest news on the next event and others.

Our Traditions

Traditional instruments, dance, song & story. Find out more about the East Anglian Heritage we support.

Digital EATMT

Listen to our podcast series, see film of our activities and listen to some East Anglian Traditional Music

Hire Our Kit

Hire traditional instruments or our maypole at very reasonable rates.

In The Community

Community projects, schools outreach, traditional music cafes. Get involved with our work.


Find out more about traditional musicians, meet our team of folklorists and researchers, delve into our work from the past.

Support EATMT

Find out how to get involved by volunteering, becoming a “Friend” or even by recycling old ink cartridges.

Stay up to date and sign up to our Quarterly Newsletters HERE