A Feast From the East

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The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust has teamed up with the Traditional Song Forum and this year, the TSF’s Spring Conference is coming to Stowmarket on Saturday 6th April.

Timetable of the Day

Coffee/tea/biscuits available on arrival

10.00am WELCOME

10.15am Katie Howson – Fred Whiting – A Life in Songs

11.00am Alan Helsdon Walter Pardon – Craftsman & Singer

BREAKCoffee/tea/biscuits available

12.00pm Martin Nail – Walter’s Dark Arches

12.30pm Robert Ashton – Where are the Fellows who Cut the Hay?

LUNCH Stalls/Free time/Songs*

*During the lunch break there will be a chance to hear a few songs from the repertoires of Fred Whiting, Walter Pardon and others who are the focus of the day, sung by local singers co-ordinated by EATMT Trustee Eammon Andrews

2.00pm Hazel Marsh – Singers & Songs – Gypsy and Traveller Voices in Music Archives

2.30pm Chris Holderness – Des and Me – Collecting Musical Memories in Norfolk

3.00pm Chris Heppa – E J Moeran in Norfolk – An ‘assiduous collector’?

BREAK Coffee/tea/cakes available

4.00pm John Marshall-Potter & Simon Saunders – Keeping the Ship Afloat – The Blaxhall Ship Project

4.30-5.00pm Discussions, Winding Up and Farewells


Please click on the link below to view the programme of the day. Paper versions will be available on the day.

Information for attendees

This is a free event but you will need to reserve your place in advance of the event. See below for the link to Eventbrite:


There will also be a number of stalls with books and CDs for sale including, hot off the press, Where are the Fellows who Cut the Hay by local author Robert Ashton and A Secret Stream – folksongs collected from English Gypsies Volume 1 and Volume 2 as well as an Exhibition about the Blaxhall Ship Project.

This is an in-person meeting but it will be recorded and a video will go up on the TSF YouTube channel after the event thanks to Jake Lee-Savage.

Date: Saturday 6th April 2024; 10.00am – 5.00pm (doors open 9.30am)
Venue: Stowmarket Scout Centre, Milton Road North, Stowmarket IP14 1EX

GETTING TO AND PARKING IN STOWMARKET: (Long Stay car parks £2.50 all day parking; 7-10 minute walk from Stowmarket Train Station)

You can book your place through Eventbrite, using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-feast-from-the-east-tickets-816208671107

Full details of the programme for the day will added to the Eventbrite page nearer the time.

SESSION OPPORTUNITIES: The Walnut pub in Violet Hill Road, IP14 1NE welcomes singers and musicians on Friday 5th April and The Pallet Bar in Old Fox Yard welcomes singers and musicians in their upstairs space on Saturday 6th April after the conference.