A fantastic venue with friendly staff, excellent events for individuals and groups including fantastic outreach work, a great cafe and very interesting exhibitions. Plus, I recently attended a family barn dance and great fun. My teenage niece had really enjoyed folk music week long course over half term and she told me she loved it. Keep up the good work!
Cecil Sharp House
Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
Open since 1930, this stately red-brick building was purpose built as the home of the English Folkdance and Song Society (and is named after its founder), and plays host to a musical selection inspired by their mission to 'preserve and promote English folk dances in their traditional forms. As a result, the roster is packed with barn dances, ceilidhs, traditional folk luminaries and the occasional ukulele shenanigan. More unexpected acts like Goldfrapp and Sigur Ros have played here in recent years too, but they're very much the exception to the cultural heritage-based bill.
What's on at Cecil Sharp House
- Critics' choice
Actor and folk musician Dunlop is the son of Fairport Convention legend Ashley Hutchings, and took over fronting the latter's The Albion Band in 2011. Bizarrely, he was also cast as the young Willy Wonka (sharing the role with Johnny Depp) in Tim Burton's...
Things to do
Children of all ages and their parents can join in with dances accompanied by live music and led by expert callers. Groups should include a minimum of one adult to every four kids. Children under 5 may need to be guided or carried through some of the...
Things to do, Kids' activities
This event at Cecil Sharp House lets kids try out all sorts of textile-based arts and crafts inspired by folk traditions, under the supervision of artists Yan Tan Tethera. The centrepiece of the day is a May Pole around which there’ll be stories, sing-alongs...