Welcome to The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

July 2021

The move from our offices at the Museum of East Anglian Life has been completed and we are now settled into Red Gables (still in Stowmarket, Suffolk – the heart of East Anglia).  The Trust’s part time administrator, Alex is back working in the office. You can now use either the info@eatmt.org.uk or friends@eatmt.org.uk email if you want to get in touch.  Alternatively you can telephone (07495 054669) or message via Facebook (@east trust).   

The office move has held up other areas of Trust work so the Summer newsletter is slightly delayed in coming out but we’re working on it now. 

We are delighted to report that the campaign to raise funds with our partners at the Burwell Bash has exceeded our target to enable the 30th Burwell Bash Folk Music Summer School to take place (this year, online).  We are really pleased to be involved with this successful local organisation and both organisations are very excited to see attendees from all over the globe – Japan, US, Germany to name but a few places.  The Bash’s administrator Ellie West describes it as  “local with an international flair”.  The Bash admin team have contacted those who have signed up to this event and are now busy working on the technical side to ensure a successful event which runs 27th-29th July 2021.  Click HERE to find out more details including how to buy tickets for two of the evening events. 

Working on the archives has continued offline and we are now in the process of updating the website.  May 2021 marked 50 years since the death of the great Norfolk singer Harry Cox.  A team of mostly Norfolk volunteers has worked to bring a new article to the website which includes 2 previously unheard recordings of Harry singing which you can read and hear HERE plus a discography which you can read HERE within Chris Holderness’ archive pages.  

Do keep dropping in to see what we are up to.  We are aiming for the next newsletter to be out at the end of  July 2021.   If you wish to receive our e-newsletter please sign up HERE.

Our website is a resource for the Traditional Music, Song, Dance and Customs of East Anglia. We promote, research and create projects about traditional music performed in East Anglia in the past as well as looking at how our traditions continue into the 21st Century.

We have historically presented a series of annual events and after a short break due to changes in Directorship and then the disruptive Covid, we are hopeful to be in a position where we can put these back on the calendar in 2022.  Between now and then, regulations permitting, we hope to put on a series of smaller events across the region from September.  Keep checking our events page and quarterly newsletters.

We also present workshops and demonstrations in the wider East Anglian Community, and further afield. Find out about our live events, workshops, instrument hire, and Friends’ scheme and much more by exploring our site.


Please do consider donating your empty ink cartridges.

The way this scheme works has changed!  Please note that after the end of 2020, Recycle for Charity will no longer accept the pre paid envelopes.  Instead, you can arrange for a pre paid label directly with the company – you can still select the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust as your chosen charity and instead of £1 per cartridge, we can get as much as £2 so we urge you to continue using this scheme.  There is a minimum number of cartridges you can  send in order to qualify for a free postage label though this generally equates to 2-3 cartridges.  Alternatively, if you are local, please feel free to leave your empty cartridges for us via Red Gables.   Every little helps – both the Trust and the environment.  For more information about this scheme, please see https://www.recycle4charity.co.uk/.

Now is also a good time to join the Friends scheme if you are not already a member and would like to help in these difficult times. 

Never was there a better time to learn an instrument and we have several instruments available for HIRE at excellent rates.  Or why not learn some new tunes from our tune book Before the Night Was Out.  Have a look at our SHOP to see what we have in the store.