Welcome to The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

Covid-19 May 2021

An updated note to all of our supporters in this difficult time:  We hope that you continue to  stay safe and well.   

Our administrator Alex is dividing her time working from home as well as between the 2 Stowmarket offices as we move from the Old Stables down the road to Red Gables. Please use the info@eatmt.org.uk email if you want to get in touch.  The Trust phone will be with Alex too and Facebook is another way of keeping in touch (@east trust).   

The campaign to raise funds with our partners at the Burwell Bash has reached 90% of our target to enable the 30th Burwell Bash Folk Music Summer School to take place (this year, online).  We are delighted 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”.

Working on the archives and website continues.  May 2021 marks 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.  The next newsletter will be out at the end of  June 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.