Folk Song In England

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This evening of music and conversation celebrates the folk song of England and explores the many things we still don’t know about traditional English music.

It also marks the publication of Folk Song in England by Steve Roud, the first book for many years to investigate the wider social history of traditional song in England, drawing on a wide range of sources.

In partnership with the Living Knowledge Network and the British Library. This is a live screening of an event taking place at the British Library.

Steve Roud is the founder of the Roud Folk Song Index and the author of a number of major works on English folkways and customs, including The English Year and (with Julia Bishop, who contributes two chapters) The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs. A retired local history librarian, he is also an expert on broadsides and other street literature of the past and is currently involved in getting our rich traditional song heritage catalogued and available online through the British Library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and the new cultural charity, Sussex Traditions.

Dr Julia Bishop is one of the country's leading experts on the musical side of traditional song, and her current concerns include making the important collection of James Madison Carpenter (which comprises thousands of songs collected in England and Scotland in the early 1930s) available in Britain for the first time. She is also co-editor of Play Today in the Primary School Playground (2001) and Changing Play: Play, Media and Commercial Culture from the 1950s to the Present Day (2014), and is currently involved in a major project to digitise and catalogue some of the vast collection of children's games and lore compiled by Iona and Peter Opie.

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