Ahead of his talk on Traditional English Dance Music at Bath Royal on Friday 17th September, Chris Timson has provided some links to get you in the mood for what promises to be an enjoyable evening.
The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (part of the English Folk Dance & Song Society) provide this page with lots of good information about English dance music and plenty of useful onward links.
The Village Music Project is an amazing resource. They have set out to digitise and make available online many of the original manuscript tune books of village and other musicians that have provided so many of the tunes we play today.
Musical Traditions describes itself as “The Magazine for Traditional Music throughout the world”. Founded and run by by Rod Stradling of the Old Swan Band, with that heritage it’s not surprising that there are many authoritative articles about English music on the site.
My own website with information about the sessions I lead in Bath and Bradford on Avon and also more background information and useful onward links.
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Tickets for Traditional English Music – As May Be Heard in Pubs on Friday 17th September at 7.30pm are available here.
Image: Cecil Sharp’s transcription of ‘Blue Eyed Stranger’, from the playing of William Kimber.