Spring 2019 Newsletter

Dear Supporters and Friends,

Welcome to our Spring 2019 Newsletter. Whether you’d like to improve your playing ( or start to learn) , are keen to join us at an upcoming event or want to show your support  for our young bursary recipients, there’s plenty to choose from as we continue to develop our support for musicians and dancers across East Anglia.

We still have spaces on our new melodeon initiative in partnership with Mel Biggs. Mel is a great tutor and plays in Moirai a nationally known dance band.  We’ll also be running a programme of tuition at this year’s Cider & Song event in Stowmarket. And we’d love to see as many of you as possible at our annual Stepdance Day, which this year is in partnership with the Strumpshaw Tree Fair. 

In this issue

Mel’s Melodeon Club
The Ruddock Bursaries
Stepdance Day July  2019
Folk Art events at The Mo, Sheringham
Folk East August 2019
Cider & Song October 2019

Whatever you do, make sure you Sing, Say & Play this May!


David Cain – Operations Manager

Booking is Essential. To secure your space please complete the booking form and return to us at info@eatmt.org.uk

Booking Forms are available form the Trust website You can also contact us at 07495 054669 or info@eatmt.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you along.

The Gordon Ruddock Bursaries

Young people are really going places with East Anglia’s musical traditions thanks to our new bursary scheme

We are thrilled to announce the very first recipients of their new bursary scheme. Twenty-nineteen sees the first awards of the Ruddock Bursaries – which the Trust offered to under 25 year old Artists who have an interest in English traditional folk arts be it musicians, dancers or story tellers.

To mark the first year of the scheme the Trust has awarded six bursaries of £250. To qualify applicants must have been raised, be living or studying in East Anglia, and be already involved in some form of Traditional Folk Arts.

The first awards are made to:
Laureen Peck – Aged 13 – to attend the Folk Course at Stapleford Granary.
Sophie Cargill & Westley Middle School – for learning about the Maypole.
Samuel Taylor – Aged 16 – to purchase of a new banjo for upcoming shows.
Lou Beal – Aged 19 – to share Suffolk Stepdance at The Sidmouth Festival.
Finn Collinson – Aged 21 – to promote and tour a debut album.
Megan Wisdom – Aged 24 – to support a folk music degree.

The recipients of these awards demonstrated a range of ages and talent. We’re really delighted that the memory of Gordon Ruddock will be preserved in this way and look forward to seeing how our support enables each of the awardees to progress.

You will be able to follow their development throughout the year. Sam Taylor has already featured on BBC Radio Suffolk, and several of the bursary recipients will be performing at a special East Anglian Traditional Music Trust showcase in May at this year’s Suffolk Show, in partnership with The Suffolk Record Office.

What’s more, they’ll be working with Westley Middle School to enable their students to enjoy East Anglian Music. You can find out more about Gordon Ruddock and the bursary scheme over on our website.

Upcoming Events

Come join us at one of our upcoming events this Summer and Autumn. We’d love to see you at one of them. We’ve a real showcase of all that’s great about music and dance in our region, and hope to be reaching out into new counties of our area soon.

The key dates for you diaries are:

20 & 21 July 2019  –   Step Dance Day at The Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

Come join us for a weekend of traditional dance events at the ever popular Strumpshaw Tree Fair.  Our annual Stepdance day and competitions will take place on Sunday 21 July 2019 from 2pm. There will be plenty more to explore and enjoy across the weekend and all the details are found on the Strumpshaw Tree Fair website.

26 July 2019 –  Folk Art- Time on their Hands  Talk at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo. Sheringham

A guest lecture on Dulcimers by Richard Blake as part of the Folk Art Summer exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo

31 August 2019 – A day of traditional music, including workshops and performance at .
Come join us for a day of traditional music, including workshops and performance as part of the Folk Art – Time on their Hands exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo.

This event will take place in the exhibition galleries at the museum. You can find out further details onThe Mo website www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk or by calling the team on 07495 054669.

16/17/18 August 2019 – Folk East at Glemham Hall, Suffolk.

Join us at Folk East where we will be hosting showcase performances from our bursary awardees and others.

18 & 19 October 2019  – Cider and Song at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.

We are back again for a bigger and better Cider and Song Festival when it returns for the second year on the 18 and 19 October 2019.