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
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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
The four-piece fiddle supergroup (yes, such a thing does exist) of talented British musicians offer traditional English folk songs.
Tue Nov 4:
The fiddle-playing vocalist performs traditional, acoustic folk with her band.
The winner of the folk club's 2012 Trad2Mad competition, Mancunian Smyth has a repertoire rich in antiquated gems – as you'd expect from someone who daylights as a librarian at Cecil Sharp House. She performs here in a duo setting with multi-instrumentalist...
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Barn-storming orchestral folk with piratical West Country flourishes and dramatic popular song from the cello-wielding, bassoon-swinging, vocal-harmonising headliners.
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