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Glos Folk Monthly stats for January 2018

Web site 699 hits (+1), Diary 666 (+100!) hits 1365 in total (+101)

Diary Events: 2017 January 225, February 225, March 252, April 242, May 261, June 212, July 189, August 145, September 218, October 228, November 235, December 196, 2018 January 230, February 208

Directory 289 entries total (=)

Mailing list 427 (+1) Facebook group 536 (+4)

4 mailings -

Jan 26 117 opens
Jan 19 128 Opens
Jan 12 132 Opens
Jan 5 125 Opens

Obviously we had a breakdown in ‘intelligence’ last week with Marketing Gloucester, over Resident’s W/E, and ‘Folk Trail’ - changes of personnel, mainly. Will seek a meeting with them soon.

Working on Data Protection policy, and Privacy Statement, will send out a 2nd Draft to you soon. The Information Commissioner’s Office has a working Party on exemptions for Charitable Sector.

Think that the request for donations has had a good response


Monthly statistics for November 2017:

Web site 625 hits (+68), Diary 616 (-41) hits 1241 in total (+27) 
Diary events: July 210 Aug 131 September 228, October 260, November 242, December 184, January 225, February 225, March 252, April 242, May 261, June 212, July 189, August 145, September 218, October 228, November 235
Directory 289 entries total (=) 
Mailing list 425 (-1) Facebook group 526 (+6)
4  mailings -   
Oct 24  133 Opens
Nov 17 129 Opens
Nov 10 133 Opens
Nov 3  129  Opens



The Chairman has asked me to respond to your email.  Firstly, we have got out of our stride in posting board minutes to the website due to a change of company secretary and also marketing staff who are responsible for our website.  However, please be aware that EFDSS is not required by its governing document to publish the minutes from ordinary meetings of the Trustees, and that this has only been the Society’s practice for approximately 10 years, a relatively short time in its history.
We will get the missing board minutes up to and including March 2017 in the next week.  Board minutes are agreed and signed as a correct record of a meeting at the following meeting, so as we have meetings every three months, the minutes will appear on the website 3 months following the meeting.
To your second point.  I am sorry that you and your members feel that EFDSS’s work is increasingly London centric.  With an arts venue and library in London it is inevitable that more activities will take place in London than anywhere else.  It would be a dereliction of our duty if we did not make Cecil Sharp House a hub for the folk arts with music performances, social dances and a wealth of learning opportunities for people of all ages and abilities together with the resources of the library.  
We have, however, delivered activities in every region of England over the past 12 months and are increasingly developing opportunities to do more:-
Adult learning activities
-          Broadsides conference at the Bodleian Library, Oxford 2017, and will be in Cambridge in 2018
-          Folk Educators Group (open to anyone and free to join and receive information on activities) has three meetings per year, two of which take place outside London; over the last 15 months meetings have taken place in  Birmingham, Gateshead and Chelmsford
-          Keeping Dancers on their Feet training day in Salford 2017
-          Educator training events in Cumbria, Surrey and Sussex 2016/17
Youth activities
-          Open workshop days for young musicians took place in May/June 2016 in  Birmingham, Cambridge, Didcot, Exeter, Gateshead, Leeds, Manchester: and in May/June 2017 in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol,  Gateshead,  Manchester, 
-          National Youth Folk Ensemble (NYFE) performance in Bury and residencies in Somerset, Lancashire and Hertfordshire (and this summer will perform in Derby, Whitby and Shrewsbury with a residency in Derbyshire).  Plans for NYFE for 2017/18 academic year include residencies in Somerset, the North East, the South West and public performances in Gateshead and Sidmouth and other places to be confirmed.
-          Essex Folk Song Discovery Programme – working with 6 schools in Essex in 2016 and working with 18 schools in Essex in 2017 (summer and autumn terms).
-          Youth dance project with young people in the North West with public performances of their work in Salford, summer 2016; further youth dance activities took place this month in Birmingham 2017 and are planned for Ipswich in 2018.
Public Performances/Events
-          NYFE (see above)
-          London Youth Folk Ensemble at Folk by the Oak festival in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
-          Cecil Sharp House Choir performance at Moseley Folk Festival 2016 and Sidmouth Folk Week 2017
-          EFDSS supported performances of folk music artists at Sidmouth Folk Week 2016 and 201, and Folk by the Oak, 2016
-          EFDSS partnership of English Folk Expo/Homegrown Folk Festival in Bury 2016;  and in 2017 English Folk Expo/Manchester Folk Festival  in Manchester, October 2017 – 30+ public performances at each event.
-          New EFDSS commission projects – Theatre Ballads performances at The Met Bury and The Lantern Bristol in March 2017, Sidmouth August 2017 and Manchester October 2017
-          Sweet Liberties commission performed at Folk by the Oak 2016 (toured in November 2015 to venues in Cardiff, Bristol, Gateshead, Bury, Cambridge).
-          Youth Dance projects (see above) 
-          Public ceilidh at the Youth Dance Festival in Salford 2016.
-          2nd year of support to the Intervarsity Folk Dance Festival (Warwick 2016 and Cambridge 2017).
Professional folk artists supported through bursaries, showcases and commissions came from across England, and our main commission project this year (Theatre Ballads) was with artists based in the North of England and the work was created in Lancashire.
We do our up-most to deliver activities and events across England but we will never be in a position to replicate the level of activities delivered at Cecil Sharp House in every part of the country.   Through such projects and activities as are listed above, we are trying to engage more and more people in the folk arts whether that is through participation in dance and music activities, learning about the history of folk dance and music, or as audiences for performances.  Through our training activities we aim to develop knowledge and raise standards in teaching, and increase the amount of teaching of the folk arts.  This will help to provide excellent teachers that will deliver activities in schools and with children and young people’s programmes and stimulate the next generations of dancers, musicians, teachers, and folk-lorists, the organisers of dances, folk clubs and festivals, and advocates for the folk arts. 
We are always open to suggestions of activities and would welcome input from your members. We hope you can support us in our endeavours to increase engagement particularly with young people. We hope that you can understand and appreciate that wherever geographically Cecil Sharp House had been built, EFDSS would be delivering more events in that town/area than anywhere else in the country.  
I look forward to hearing your members suggestions for events and activities.
Yours sincerely
Katy Spicer 


Glos Folk Monthly stats for April 2017
 Web site 298 hits (-37), Diary 581 (-44) hits 879 in total (-81) 
Diary: July 210 Aug 131 September 228, October 260, November 242, December 184, January 225, February 225, March 256, 242 April. May not yet updated (too much gigging, & gardening!) Still a few morris programmes to come in
Directory 283 entries total (-1) 
Mailing list 416 (-1) Facebook group 486 (+1)
5 mailings -   
April 28 30.8% Opens  
April 27 36.8% Opens  
April 21 35.0% Opens
April 14 37.4% Opens
April 7 35.7% Opens
Pleased with response to urgent 27th April mailing, in response to a cry for help from Cirencester Town Council for May day event – she fixed up a replacement maypole dance organiser within a hour or two. Also circulated via Facebook group, Quays Centre busker vacancies – these were filled very quickly


County Funding Event  Thursday 2nd February at Stroud Subscription Rooms 3pm – 6pm Programme to include:
Summerfield Trust
Gloucestershire Environmental Trust
Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme – Groundworks
Other ways of raising funds which you may not have considered
Community Shares
Online fundraising
Section 106 money/ CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) - what this is and how you may be able to access it
Loan Finance
Marketplace with sources of grant information
Workshops – how to be funding ready
Surgeries with the Lottery staff
Present your project ideas and queries to our panel of funders - there will be opportunity for 4 projects to do this.
To book a place please email or 01452 528491 and ask for admin.


Glosfolk Monthly stats for September 2016
Web site 1569 hits (+993 on last month, 24% returning , 76% new visitors), Diary 470  (-18 on last month, 37% returning, 63% new visitors) hits 2039 in total  (+975 on last month)

Diary:  June 222 July 210 Aug 131 September 228, October 242 so far)
Directory 284 entries total (=)
Mailing list 420 (=) Facebook group 453 (+4)

5 mailings - average 32% read.  (-2) 


Issue 115 of The Living Tradition is currently being printed and will be posted out to subscribers next week. It is also available to buy from our website now. It contains an interview with songwriter Reg Meuross, features on concertina ace Jason O'Rourke, Blazing Fiddler Bruce MacGregor, club and festival favourites Peter & Barbara Snape, singer songwriter and stone wall builder Dave Goulder, music collector Reg Hall, and American singers Dana & Susan Robinson. There is also an extended obituary for Dave Swarbrick, an article on the importance of fiddle bowing and a piece from singer Nick Dow about the songs of Dorset's Marina Russell. All this plus festival listings, news, reviews and much, much more. Don't miss it! WEB SITE


Rod Stradling has announced a new CD from the Phoenix Dance Band : All Fired Up  Available from Musical Traditions Records
 with on-line credit/debit card purchasing: HERE
Musical Traditions Internet Magazine at:
1 Castle Street, Stroud, Glos  GL5 2HP, UK
01453 759475  Mobile: 0793 099 1641 


Folk and Roots Summer School - August 2016

Wren Music leaders Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are running a brand new course for budding young folk and roots musicians at the Wiltshire Music Centre this summer. The Folk and Roots Summer School is a four-day course exploring folk music and song for young musicians aged 12 - 18.
From Celtic tunes to English folk songs, we'll be using traditional repertoire as a starting point for creating new pieces of music. From guitars and fiddles, to flutes and voice; learn new techniques and get involved in great music-making whatever your instrument. This is a friendly and inclusive course for young players of all abilities to explore folk music and improve their skills. An ability to read music is not essential.
For more information or to book a place please visit the Wiltshire Music Centre website.
And please do share this with any young people who may interested! Thank you!


BBC Radio 4 will broadcast an obituary for Dave Swarbrick on Friday June 17th on 92.5 - 96 FM, DAB and online 4pm (repeated Sunday June 19 8.30pm) with Simon Nicol, etc here


Mike Gardner tells me that Stroud Auctions have another musical instrument section in their next auction on June 8th and 9th- viewing on the 7th, 10am -7pm Lots of various instruments including several Lachenal concertinas.Catalogue on line about one week before at   Stroud Auctions 


Glosfolk Monthly stats for February 2016

Web site 1666 (+926) hits (amazing!) , Diary 682 (-79) hits 2348 in total (+847 on last month) A record! Incidentally the New vs returning ratio for the Directory is 73% New visitors, most visited page is ‘Dance Bands’ , then ‘Folk Clubs’, then ‘Singers & Groups’ For the Diary it is 62% New visitors. Unwilling to believe the increase, so checked it out on Google Analytics and it is true!

Diary: June 234, July 226, August 228 September 214 October 261 Nov 261, Dec 202, Jan 231, Feb 241, March 280 so far – March is a big increase – more events, or more we know about?

Directory 285 entries total (=)

Mailing list 417 (+2) Facebook group 438 (=)

4 mailings - average 35% read. (=)

As a result of recent complaining to Citizen/Echo about lack of folk dates I am doing a weekly article. The first was put on line, then in the print paper a day or two later. Several more on line, and Features Editor is pleased with readership of them!

Marketing Gloucester are going ahead with one day folk festival in August, and are going to have folk buskers in the Gate Streets on the July 30/31 dates


Roly Alcock tells me that Mike Kean-Price is improving (Health, that is!) and there is talk of him being sent home soon (Now at home and roaming the streets of Tewkesbury again! - Ed)


Have heard that my old mate Mike Kean-Price (Gloucestershire Old Spot, City of Gloucester Mummers, Tewkesbury Town Crier etc) is in Gloucestershire Royal with a chest infection. Hope he will be better soon


BBC has  a Folk Connectiosn weekend starting today (with little publicity!) Some very interesting programmes:

Here is a list of programmes for the series, and some leading up to it too.
 Thursday 28 January
 7:30pm BBC Radio 3 Radio 3 In Concert BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra 
 Recorded at Celtic Connections at the weekend
 7:30 Liam O'Flynn, with his colleagues Arty McGlynn and Rod McVey, performs from his orchestrated repertoire, including The Brendan Voyage by Shaun Davey (excerpts)
 8:30 Bela Fleck performs his own The Imposter Banjo Concerto, commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and premiered in 2011

 Friday 29 January 
 10:30am Radio 3 Music in Time Delius's Brigg Fair
 The focus is on the Modern period and Delius's English Rhapsody, Brigg Fair. 'Brigg Fair', the folksong, was 'collected' by Grainger in 1905 after a musical festival in the North Lincolnshire town of Brigg. When Delius heard Grainger's own arrangement of the song for solo tenor and chorus, he asked his permission to use it as the basis for this magnificent orchestral theme and variations.
 2:00pm BBC Radio 3 Afternoon on 3
 Penny Gore pre-empts Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend with a concert recorded in November at Chichester Festival Theatre. The BBC Concert Orchestra are joined by the folk musicians Nancy Kerr and James Fagan in a specially arranged programme featuring folk-inspired orchestral music by the likes of Holst, Moeran and Britten alongside traditional song and dance tunes.

 BBC Radio 3 Folk Connections weekend; Celebrating folk music and the influence of folk on classical music

 Friday 29 January 

 4:30pm In Tune Folk Connections Special Suzy Klein presents a special edition of In Tune live from Cecil Sharp House to launch Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend celebrating folk music and exploring how folk music has inspired composers through the centuries. Alongside traditional folk song there will be music influenced by folk, including the songs of George Butterworth in the year which marks the centenary of his death at the Somme.
 11:00pm World on 3 Folk Connections Lopa Kothari presents music from Calan, Bella Hardy and Afro Celt Sound System from Celtic Connections at the CCA in Glasgow - performances by leading musicians from Scotland, Wales and England as part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend.

 Saturday 30 January

 7:00am Breakfast Tom McKinney including music for Folk Connections
 10:30am Record Review Recent recordings of British folk music
 12:15pm Music Matters Debating the appropriation of folk music in the classical repertoire with Sandra Kerr
 1:00pm Saturday Classics chosen by Kathryn Tickell 2/2 (Available on demand 23 January Kathryn Tickell 1/2)
 ***3:00pm Folk Connections 1/3 Voice of the People Continuing Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Verity Sharp chairs a discussion about the history, origins and future of folk song collecting in the UK. With live performances from Emily Portman, Fay Hield and Thomas McCarthy.
 ***9:45pm Between the Ears Return to Brigg Fair
 Jim Moray bends sound and time to recreate the encounter between composer Percy Grainger and elderly farm bailiff Joseph Taylor which marked a major turning point in the history of traditional folk music.
 10:15pm Hear and Now Modern Muses Beamish's folk-infused double concerto Seavaigers
 12:00 midnight Geoffrey Smith's Jazz The folk-jazz connection from Lead Belly to Dizzy Gillespie

 Sunday 31 January 

 7:00am Breakfast Tom McKinney with folk-inspired classical music
 9:00am Sunday Morning including Lincolnshire Posy by Percy Grainger and Beethoven's settings of Scottish and Irish songs
 12:00 noon Private Passions Michael Berkley welcomes Shirley Collins She tells Michael about her Sussex childhood, her passion for Baroque music, and the pleasure she's finding in singing again after a gap of more than thirty years. And we hear Shirley singing with her late sister and collaborator Dolly.
 ***1:00pm Folk Connections 2/3 Sam Lee and Friends in concert from Celtic Connections
 2:00pm The Early Music Show Lucy Skeaping explores the influence of folk music on early music
 4:00pm The Choir with guest Paul Sartin and his own Loft Singers
 5:30pm Words and Music Village Minstrel - Celebrating John Clare Texts and music inspired by John Clare's poetry. With folk music from Paddy Tunney and Fred Jordan, singer-songwriters Vikki Clayton and Chris Wood, fiddler Giles Lewin and The Imagined Village, plus works by Britten, Haydn, Gurney, Tippett, Thomas and Linley.
 ***6:45pm Sunday Feature Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail Andy Kershaw follows Cecil Sharp's Appalachian Trail through Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, hearing some of the songs he collected both in their original versions and in present-day interpretations in specially-recorded sessions from Martin Carthy, Brian Peters and more.
 7:30pm Radio 3 in Concert Transatlantic Sessions concert from Celtic Connections
 ***11:50pm Folk Connections 3/3 Verity Sharp and Bruce MacGregor join the Festival after-show party, sample more highlights from Celtic Connections, and contrast the folk scenes in England and Scotland.


The very wonderful Peter Knight has been named as Fatea Magazine's "Instrumentalist Of The Year Award for achievement in 2015" Well deserved congratulations to him! Also in the same awards list, Maddy Prior MBE was given a Lifetime Achievement Award!


Just heard about a Folk & Ukulele Weekend (From 12th to 14th February) with Jon Bennett at Hawkwood College, Painswick Old Road, Stroud, GL6 7QW Info: 01453 759034 All instruments, from !80 to £260 for the weekend. Details from


Congratulations to winners of the The live Ireland Music Awards 2016, two of my very favourite artists: Best Female Musician: Máire Ní Chathasaigh, (from Chris & Maire) and Female Singer of the Year : Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (from Danu) Also congratulations to Violet Tulloch (Queen of Lerwick) for receiving a special award at 'Hands Up for Trad'


The 5th Tuesday session at The Swan Staunton Ledbury Road, Staunton, Gloucestershire GL19 3QA will definitely be going ahead on Tuesday December 29th! Omitted from my mailing by mistake! Sorry Bill!  From about
8.30pm.  Free admission Info: Bill 07787 713758


Robin Burton tells me the Gloucester Diamonds have reformed, and now consist  of Rod Penlington, Paul Carter, and Robin Burton. Their first gig is at the Old Elm in Churchdown on January 13. Info from Robin: 

EFDSS members can now benefit from a subsidised membership ($99) of JPASS/JSTOR research platform, which gives online access to academic journals. Details of the list of journals HERE You can activate the member discount  HERE


Congratulations to Northumbrian piper, and concertina player Alastair Anderson, on being elected as the new Chairman of EFDSS. It will be great to have a proper folk musician at the helm!


Marketing Gloucester are planning a series of cultural events next summer in the city, with concerts, workshops, street performances etc, and your committee very much hope that folk & traditional music, song, dance, and drama will be well represented. We will release more details in the next couple of weeks, and ask performers to register their interest.


New CD from Musical Traditions  Harry Upton   Why Can't it Always be Saturday?     MTCD371 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00 22 tracks, 78 minutes 


From Mike Gardner:

Forthcoming auction at Stroud on Oct.14th & 15th  includes a comprehensive music section, of over 200 Lots. There is a particularly nice Scandalli super VI Piano accordion, lots of violins and acoustic guitars including a Fender. In addition there are two Lachenal concertinas, a small folk Lyre, and some wonderful wind instruments including a double Bassoon!
The fully illustrated catalogue goes on line about a week before the sale, at - musical instruments start a t Lot 1000 and include several sets of highland bagpipes!  (just click the link on the auction's web site) and viewing (FREE) is on Tuesday 13th October 9am until 7pm.


  Travellers’ Songs from England and Scotland By Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
 Songs collected in 1962 – 1976  387 page digital book with 155 embedded MP3 sound files

MacColl and Seeger’s 1977 book was years ahead of its time in terms of its detailed consideration of all aspects of Gypsy and Traveller songs and culture in the UK.  The Introduction and Music Notes are hugely informative, as are the 12 pages on the 18 singers.
 All the 131 songs (in 155 versions!) are here as full length MP3 recordings, as well as the original texts and staff notations.  Everything is cross-referenced and linked.

 The singers concerned are: Emily Baker; Willie Cameron; Charlotte Higgins; Jock Higgins; Caroline Hughes; Henry Hughes; Sheila Hughes; William Hughes; Ruby Kelby; Christina MacAllister; Wilhelmina MacAllister; John MacDonald; Maggie McPhee; Big Willie McPhee; Nelson Ridley; Maria Robertson; Levi Smith; Jeannie Thompson.
 This is essential reading - and listening - for anyone with an interest in Gypsy and Traveller songs and culture in the UK.
 It’s available now from the MT Records website, price £12.00 + p&p. at:
Musical Traditions Internet Magazine at:  1 Castle Street, Stroud, Glos  GL5 2HP, UK 01453 759475  Mobile: 0793 099 1641 


Really sorry that Lionel Parkhouse and The Cotswold Travellers have decided to call it a day after more years than I care to remember! They have been a popular fixture on the folk scene, and introduced many people to the world of folk dancing. Best wishes for their 'retirement'


The very excellent Living Tradition Magazine (Issue 109 out now) now incorporates Fiddle On Magazine, and to celebrate this are offering fiddle CDs at very special prices through their on line shop


 Performance Opportunities
Marketing Gloucester are looking for performers for King’s Square in Gloucester during the Rugby World Cup. There is a stage and marquee each week and the themes are:
Saturday 19th September - American Week
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September - Scottish Week
Saturday 3rd October - Japanese week.
They are looking for any bands / dancers with any link to these themes - who might be able to perform on the dates above. There is a budget for this. Contact them direct on 01452 207020


The excellent Musical Traditions web site is now selling some of their many traditional CDs as downloads, £2 each (you can of course pay more!) Details HERE


Fiddle Player required. Peterfolk Barn Dance Band (
require an experienced fiddler, as a band we give our fees to agreed charities
– so there is no money involved! If interested, please contact Fiona on  to discuss


Very pleased to see that Kathryn Tickell has been made an OBE, and Ashley Hutchings an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List! Great news for folk! Also, violinist Michael Bochmann, who has been helping with the 'Single Gloucester' project, has been made MBE.


Just heard that the one and only Houghton Weavers will be at Courtyard Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford HR4 9JR on Thursday 28th May Info: 01432 340555 7.30pm Special Glosfolk Price of £12.50 per ticket by quoting Promo code ‘SMILE’ at


Mike Gardner tells me that Stroud Auctions  June Sale  10/11th  June 

has a  large music section with a private collection of over 100 piano accordions and other free reed instruments, a fully illustrated catalogue will be on line the week prior to the sale, with viewing 9am until 7pm on the 9th. Info: Stroud Auction Rooms,  Unit J,  Bath Road Trading Estate,  Stroud,  Gloucestershire  GL5 3QF 01453 873800

From Veronica Lowe: It's time you had an update on the progress made so far on the Single Gloucester.
Most of the work goes on online, so the trustees' meeting ten days ago was the first since we really got the work in hand after the 'permission to start' and the launch last August.

We had three transcribers' training sessions in August and September. Around a thousand possible songs had been identified, though as not all are complete, some are duplicates and fragments, and some too frequently found elsewhere to be of interest, this brings the number of transcriptions to be done to  around 750- 800.

Of the original 20 plus volunteer transcribers, a couple dropped out, and a few only managed one or two songs. But some have been amazingly active, and we now have almost 500 songs transcribed as collected. They then have to be checked, PDFs and MIDIs generated, then those that are not complete, or in difficult keys, will then be edited so that a 'singing' copy, each with its own MIDI and PDF, will also be available.
Then there are notes to be written on every song, singer, collector and locality, which Carol and Gwilym Davies are doing. 

It has been an amazing eye opener: Listening to an mp3 of a 1908 wax cylinder recording of 93 year old William Shepherd singing a different version of 'My Love's Gone,' a song I know well, is a privilege. That he was not only 93 and still singing in tune, while living in Winchcombe workhouse, is astonishing. He was apparently born the year of the battle of Waterloo, four years before Queen Victoria was born.

This has been a major undertaking and there is also web design and proper management of the whole website to be sorted, which is in professional hands. 
When each song has all the elements completed, it will be ready to put on the site. We have not reached this stage yet. We have to be meticulous at each stage, and plan to have the site active during the summer.

There is a concert in Winchcombe on May 24th and Michael Bochmann, who is one of our transcribers and a prominent classical musician, is teaching children from Temple Guiting School some of the children's songs collected there, for them to take part. Other material from the project will be included too. 

Steve Rowley is co-ordinating education and promotion.

We hope you will help us with networking and some kind of roadshow tour of folk song clubs later in the year.
There are of course hundreds of Glos tunes too, and Charlie Menteith has been collating those.

We realised that the first stage would be hard work, and not much in public, but once we are ready to get out there with the songs and tunes, there will be plenty of participation and events, as well as a great resource for the county, which will eventually be under the care of the county archive.

From Tony Davis: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have a structured level of folk fiddle exams up to level 5 which is supported with grade requirements and books at each level, incorporating both old and new compositions by people like Phil Cunningham for example. It is possible to get the grade even if one cannot sight read and is as far as I am aware the only course that is focussed on traditional music

Just heard of a brand new  Community Choir at Churchdown Library, Parton Rd., Churchdown, GL3 2AF which  meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, from 7.30 to about 9.00. Next meeting Monday 9th March. The repertoire is mostly folk song: rounds, shanties, spirituals, traditional and contemporary folk.  There is no audition, and no need to read music, just come along and have a go. The charge is £3 per session Info: Barbara 01452 714544

Bill Taylor tells me that our very own May Thrill have been asked to support the very wonderful Emily Smith at Ledbury on June 27th - details in the Glosfolk Diary naturally! Well done May Thrill!

From Derek Schofield:
It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of the prolific writer on folk song and folklore, Roy Palmer, yesterday (26 February). There can hardly be a singer of traditional English folk song who does not have a book by Roy Palmer on his or her book shelves. From Room for Company and Songs of the Midlands in the early 1970s through to books on the songs of soldiers, sailors, industrial works, agricultural workers, Roy always combined meticulous scholarship with the placing of the songs in the historical context of the period. His county folklore books ... from his native Leicestershire to Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and several other counties ... were always packed with interesting detail. He will be much missed.
Very sad news indeed. I did correspond with him a few times when researching, and he was always very helpful and generous of his time. I was lucky enough to be on the stage for the ceremony at Cheltenham Town Hall when the Open University conferred an Honorary Degree on him for his services to folklore, and talk to him afterwards.

Art Shape is offering young people aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training the opportunity to gain a Level 2/3 qualification in event stewardship. Entitled ‘Festival Fever’, those attending the course will also be given a placement at the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham so that they are able to get hands-on experience. For more information contact Kate Townley on 01452 863 855 or email

EFDSS are undertaking a survey of youth folk activity and provision, as part of the bid to establish a new youth folk ensemble. If you want to take part click   here


Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Grace Toland, currently ITMA Librarian, as the next Director of ITMA. She will take up office later this year. The current Director, Nicholas Carolan, co-founded the Archive in 1987 and has led its development into a leading repository of Irish cultural materials ( Nicholas is due to retire in mid-2015.

Sorry to hear that Musical Instruments (Cheltenham) in Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham, probably the town's oldest music shop, is to close in the new year. However they are promising a lengthy closing down sale, starting December 27th, with big reductions on guitars, ukuleles, woodwind, brass and stringed instruments.

Mike Kean-Price tells me that Tewkesbury Mummers will be on their usual progress around the town on Boxing Day - 12.15 The Bell (opposite the Abbey), 12.45 Royal British Legion Club, 1.30 The Roses Theatre Café Bar,  2.15 Berkeley Arms, 3.00 The Tudor Hotel. (If the money, and the mummers, last that far!)  Info: Mike

From Tony Davis: "Some 4 or so years ago I got involved with the NHS on a project to help to get some important health messages to 
shall we say the more mature. This took the form of a musical play ( Antomime) in an  Irish Street singing style that I composed with the principal characters being ants eg "BelligerANT" "IgnorANT" "JubilANT"

I am delighted to say that this project is now up and flying. It has taken a lot of work to battle bureacracy, ill health and funding cuts but it is launched, packs have been designed and created  and there is a group formed to meet at the Folk Museum on Thursdays.
I wonder would it be possible to raise awareness of this project with its roots in Glosfolk across the county to make those who play in Old Folks Community homes aware of it and to ask for support for the project, which is non profit making. It is awaiting a promised endorsement from Dr Marian Naidoo the Lead for Arts and Health for the South West. "
If required packs can be obtained from HERE More info from Tony at E-Mail

Glosfolk Monthly stats for November 2014

Web site 338 (+33) hits, Diary 559 (-194 don’t know why!) hits (897 in total ( -161 on last month)

Diary August 172 events, September 219, October 250, November 240, December 193 so far

Directory  282 entries total (+2 on last month, +10 since June)

Mailing list 410 (+6) 

Facebook Group 388 members (+5)

5 mailings - average 38% read.  (+3%) I am not sure if you ’preview’ the mailing, whether it gets counted as a view or not

Glosfolk Information stand – Tuffley 4th Nov, Churchdown 11th Nov, Whitminster 18th Nov  Need some more opportunities

Article in ‘Behind the Scenes Gloucestershire’ – Quite good he did not alter/add very much!

A few Glosfolk performers at Quays Centre Victorian Market . We were not asked for their Festive Fayre, or any of the Late Night Shopping events round the county – how can we get in on these?

Those of you who are also EFDSS members may have noticed on page 12 of the latest issue of 'ED&S' a picture of Gloucestershire emigrant Richard Major, now resident in Kent, resplendent in striped blazer and bow tie; Richard was a member of Gloucestershire Old Spot, Cotswold Lion rappers, Midland & Royal folk club,  City of Gloucester Mummers, Ceol na Kitchen, founder member of England's Glory, and Amazing Matchless Band. Good to see he has now taken over the folk scene in Kent!

Wednesday January 14. First session of a Harp Making course at Nailsworth Community Workshop, The Subscription Rooms, Bath Road, Nailsworth, Stroud GL6 0HH  6.30-9.30pm. You will be making a 27 string Celtic harp under supervision  in a group of no more than 4. Price will be £225 upfront for materials and then £20 per session-we expect to charge £25 per session for future courses but this is a reduced price as it is the first time around. We expect it to take around 12 sessions to complete the project. Numbers will be limited to 4 for this course. To reserve yourself a space  where you will be told how to pay £225 for the materials.

Glosfolk Monthly stats for October 2014

Web site 305 hits, Diary 753 hits (1058 in total + 175 on last month)
Diary August 172 events, September 219, October 250, November 236 so far
Directory  280 entries total (+4 on last month, +8 since June)
Mailing list 404 (+1) lost a few, but gained one more!

Facebook Group 383 members (-2)
6 mailings - average 35% read.  (+2%)
Glosfolk Information stand nothing this month, but 3 events planned for November.

Glosfolk Hon President Johnny Coppin tells me about The new charity single of Where Have All The Flowers Gone is now available  —via website
This single marks the 100th anniversary of WW1 and celebrates Pete Seeger's life, work, inspiration and commitment to peace.
It features almost 40 voices from across the folk music spectrum..
Including Chris While & Julie Matthews, Johnny Coppin, Christine Collister, Lucy Ward, Dave Swarbrick etc..
The single is in aid of 4 charities – The Red Cross, Malala's Fund, Peace Through Folk, and Foundation For Peace LInk to website

Martin Vogwell has told me about a brilliant project for the Centenary of Remembrance called The Last Post  Probably a bit too late to organise anything, but there are free resources on their web site including the dots for 'The Last Post' in a variety of keys! You might be able to incorporate some of the material into your set for performances in the next week or two.


Thursday October 30
 *CRAOBH RUA at Market House, Minchinhampton (CHANGE OF VENUE!) Hailing from Belfast they perform Irish Traditional music.Their music has delighted audiences and earned them wide acclaim and recognition with a wide array of instruments such as banjo, mandolin, fiddle, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, guitar and vocals. music will start at 8 pm and finish at 11 and admission will be just £7.50 BYO Food and drink No tickets in advance – pay on the door Info: 01453 451070/07836 340626 

From Mustrad: English Country Music Weekend . After several months of slight concern about whether there would actually be an English Country Music Weekend next year, I am extremely pleased to be able to announce that the location for the ECMW, June 26th - 28th 2015, is the village of Bampton in Oxfordshire.  What could possibly be better - as a follow-on from Winster!
Fuller details are on the ECMW Page, where updates will be posted as soon as they're available.

It has been unanimously decided to co-opt Paul Schofield to the Glosfolk Committee until the next AGM. We welcome him as a member, and are sure he will be able to make a useful contribution to our work.


A new format for Cheltenham Folk Festival has been announced. Do let me know your views. Story here

Sad news - it has been reported that Pete Shutler, one of the founders of The Yetties, has passed away after a short illness. The group officially retired a couple of years ago, after some 40 years. They did a huge amount for folk music, particularly in popularising the music of Thomas Hardy and his family.  Their website is HERE

From Gareth Heatley:
Ceilidh Friday 19th September. Hucclecote Community Centre, Hucclecote Road,Gloucester GL3 3RT. Starts about 8pm

A few weeks ago we did a dance  fo a wedding at Symond's Yat. Had a call a couple of days ago from the bride saying that a friend of hers has been diagnosed with cancer and wanted a good knees up before she starts chemo in a few weeks. All very last minute, She had been at the wedding and really enjoyed the dancng. She has found the hall, which I'm told is a reasonable size (Yes it is - Ed.) and has asked  That Shallot with Richard Hannah calling to do the deed!

She is charging £6 for tickets with all proceeds going to cancer research. There will a bring something to share type supper. Not sure if there's a bar but there is a Co-op opposite!

She has sold thirty tickets to friends in one day but is running out of friends to ask! She said if I knew anyone who might have £6 spare for a good night to give her a call on 01252 700871.

Are you a morris dancer, experienced morris teacher (in schools or other settings with children and young people), or someone with no experience of teaching morris but interested to learn more? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes" then EDSS 'More Morris, Better Morris conference' may be of interest to you: Details Here
A one-day conference to share effective practice in how to inspire the next generation of morris dancers will be held at Cecil Sharp House on Sunday 2 November 2014.
Presented in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations: Open Morris, The Morris Federation, The Morris Ring.

NHS Gloucestershire CCG and Create Gloucestershire are advertising for an Arts and Cultural Commissioning Project Manager.
The post holder will be responsible for delivering the outcomes of a successful joint bid, with Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury Borough Councils and Gloucester City Council, to the NCVO Cultural Commissioning programme.
It's a great opportunity for an experienced change manager to help realise a radical vision for how arts and culture are commissioned, to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in Gloucestershire.
The post is for 18 months, approx. 3 days per week, with a fee of £35,000. The application deadline is 5th September. More details are included  : on our website



Laura Smyth has been appointed as the new Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library as from 1 August. She replaces Malcolm Taylor OBE, who stepped down after almost 35 years as Library and Archive Director. She joined EFDSS as Librarian in 2011 from Stockport Libraries.
Laura also dances and plays for a female rapper team, Tower Ravens, and plays with ceilidh band, The Spring Heeled Jacks.


Julie Fowlis has announced that the song she performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is to be released as a  single today. The track is called 'Smeorach Chlann Dòmhnaill/The Mavis of Clan Donald' and comes from her new record 'Gach Sgeul/Every Story'. The single is available directly from Julie at her website store and is also available on iTunes.

Response from Gloucester Folk Museum to my letter about removal of Pipe & Tabor Display: We are aware that our decision to remove the Pipe & Tabor display from the Folk Museum has been met with disappointment from some enthusiasts in the field. It was done as part of the major over hall of displays at the Folk Museum. Many of our displays had remained the same for well over twenty years and visitors were starting to say that they wanted new and fresh things to see and for us to start exploring some new topics. Our visitor numbers were starting to gradually, but consistently drop, and we had to start looking at making changes before the inevitable ‘nobody visiting, no need for you to be open’ argument was raised. We did extensive consultation with both visiting and non visiting members of the public and the pipe and tabors did not score highly at all with members of the general public.

I know Steve Rowley in particular was naturally sad about our decision to remove the display. We spoke briefly and informally about maybe holding a temporary exhibition about the pipe and tabor and other historic Gloucestershire music connections. We would be keen to do this as we feel with loans and curation from people such as those in your group we could make an exciting and attention grabbing temporary exhibition which would have much more impact than the permanent case we had before.

If you members are interested and feel that they could procure the necessary amount of materials required to fill the exhibition room and have the time to curate such an exhibition (I would help and work towards it but things like the specialist knowledge and research would be far better coming from those with a real depth of understanding about it) perhaps we could arrange an appointment to discuss things further after the summer break and initial back to school period.
Best Wishes,

Sarah Orton
Folk Museum Curator

Questions were asked at the AGM about the effect  of the new EFDSS Arts Council grant on existing provision, ie NYFTE. I have been in touch with them and they have provided this information:
"Dear Peter
Alan has forwarded your email regarding the up-lift in our ACE funding partly to help develop a National Folk Music Ensemble. There is still a great deal of sector consultation to undertake on this project but the first stages were undertaken in December/January – an open online survey, and an invite-only forum. We have a report detailing the process and the discussions which is available on our website - HERE
Please do take part in the consultation.


Gwilym Davies has just released a new CD “Tom Goblin – and other tales of mystery and intrigue”. It contains 15 tracks, some unaccompanied and some with melodeon, banjo, guitar, keyboard, fiddle or percussion, played expertly by Carol Davies, Roger Mills, Geoff Ramshaw, Terry Brenchley and myself.

It is based on my experience of researching, collecting and performing folksongs from England and the USA over many years. There are several from Hampshire and Gloucestershire. Here is the full track list:
1.Following the Old Oss
2.Across the Blue Mountains
3.Gallant Hussar/Black Joke (instrumental)
4.Bold Sir Rylas
5.George Collins
6.Rye Tither
7.Long a-Growing
8.John Blunt
9.Freddie Archer
10.Cirencester Fair
11.House Carpenter
12.The Deerhurst Serpent
14.Tom Barbary
15.Stow Fair

All the songs are traditional apart from “Following the Old ‘Oss” (Tony Dean) and “The Deerhurst Dragon” (G Davies)

All the tracks can be heard on SoundCloud here and information about how to obtain the CD is here.


The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted "The Single Gloucester" project £27,000 in order to set up a website containing the folk  songs and tunes collected in Gloucestershire, along with full transcriptions, "singing copies" to print out and learn, midi versions of the tunes to help those who don't read music, and field recordings and video where available.  This is an exciting project and will help to put the rich heritage of Gloucestershire folk music on the map and make it available to people in Gloucestershire and elsewhere. This will be a 2-year project in which the first year will be spent building the website and posting the transcriptions and the second year will be spent using the site to launch an outreach programme for schools, choirs, talks, performance etc. The work will complement the work started by the EFDSS "Full English" project but will carry it forward to a new, more local phase.  The project team, comprising Carol and Gwilym Davies, Stephen Gale, Charles Menteith and Veronica Lowe, will be working in cooperation with Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Music Makers to deliver the project.  We have a team of transcribers set up and ready to go, and any additional help and support would be welcomed.  You can contact the team on

The Community grants scheme is now launched. You can apply to your local County Councillor for a small grant which will help the community to get active. I am applying for a grant for the Apperley Country dancing. Details HERE

Our own Johnny Coppin and Paul Burgess are to do a live set on the BBC Radio 2 folk programme on Wednesday June 18th 7 - 8pm!

Just heard (from Mr Red) of a new mixed border morris side starting  - Wolf Moon Border Morris, at Kempsey (technically out of our area, but close!) They meet at Kempsey Parish Hall, Worcester, WR5 3JF on Tuesdays at 8pm. Contact is Clive at 01299 403999 No web site as yet, but on Facebook.


Dear Glosfolk!
I'm contacting you on behalf of the HandleBards: 4 men, 4 bikes, 60 characters and a 2000 mile adventure! Performing only with what they can carry the HandleBards are touring Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors across the UK from May to August and we need musicians to play with us along the way! To get a better flavour of who we are and what we do please take a look at our short video from last years tour HERE
This is our second year of touring and we had so much fun performing with lots of different local bands and musicians last year, from brass bands to folk duos and musicians with guitars, flutes, drums boxes, violins, fiddles and more! At the following venues we still require musicians for this year and would love to have someone perform with us: Glastonbury 2nd June, Holt BA14 6RR 4th June, Ashton Court BS41 9JN 5th June
We need musicians to provide an opening set for 30 mins and a second set during the interval of the show for 15-30 mins. We would also like musicians to play along with us at specific points in the show which we can rehearse before the audience arrive!
We can't offer any pay, however most venues are willing to allow the musicians to have collection buckets at the end of the show as well as sell any CDs or merchandise you may have. This proved quite fruitful for all the bands who played with us last year!
For more information about who we are and what we’re doing please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or phone or check out our website. HERE

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has announced that Malcolm Taylor OBE is to step down from his role as the Director of the EFDSS library and archive, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), in July 2014.
Malcolm joined the Society as Assistant Librarian in 1979, becoming Director of the VWML at Cecil Sharp House in Camden in 1981.
During his time at EFDSS, Malcolm has transformed the library and found new and innovative ways to make its contents as accessible as possible, ensuring that folk tradition and the history contained within the collections is kept alive for future generations.

Martin Graebe has told me about the ’Full English Archive Day’ EFDSS Event on Saturday May 17th with Malcolm Taylor (VWML)and Steve Roud at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN 2 – 4pm FREE But advance booking essential Info: HERE Nearest of these to Gloucestershire!

Congratulations to Lassington Oak Morris Men for being the third, and Happenstance for being the fourth, morris side to let me have their programmes for the Glosfolk Diary! Also now received the info from Styx of Stroud, England's Glory Ladies Morris, Chalford Stick Company, GMM, Ragged & Old, and Stroud Morris Dancers.

Andy Scarf has told me about the new free Mitcheldean Folk Festival running from Friday July 18th until Sunday July 20th - music session in the Brewery Tap on the Friday, Morris and poetry and story telling and guitar workshop and sessions and concert and ceilidh and more sessions on the Saturday, folk walk on the Sunday! Website is HERE , Info: Andy Scarf 01594 544456 E-Mail

Tony Davis has announced details of the 2014 'Folk in The Docks' Festival at Lydney Docks & Harbour on Saturday June 28th. Artists appearing include Dark Island (Alex & Scotty), Banshee and many more. 12 - 5pm and all free! Details Here

Congratulations to 'Living Tradition Magazine' on their 100th edition - well done! This issue has a good review of Ron Taylor & Jeff Gillett's new CD, and a review of Cheltenham Folk Festival
Details HERE
Good feedback from Glosfolk performers appearing in Gloucester City Centre for the Resident's Weekend. Everything seemed to go well, and our sort of music was very much appreciated by shoppers. Well done to everyone who took part.

Congratulations to Forest of Dean MM, and Wimberry Step Clog, for being the first two (and only so far!)  morris sides to send in their summer dancing programme for the Glosfolk Diary! Well Done!

Performance Opportunities:
Gloucester Quays Centre are looking for buskers for their fantastic Garden Party Weekend (Friday April 18th to Monday April 21st 11am to 4pm each day) They are offering £30 per 2 hour slot (you do not have to play continuously for the whole 2 hours!) plus parking, plus you keep what you collect. The busking will take place at East Mall entrance (by GAP) as usual. If you are interested please contact Becky Jeal Phone: 01452 338917 saying when you are available and what you do. They get great crowds, and create a fantastic atmosphere, so do put yourself forward!

The Folk Choir get together went very well apparently, with a good mix of voices (but more welcome), so Dave Blick has fixed some more meetings - April 13th, May 11th, and June 8th - all at Huntley Village Hall, North Road, Huntley, Glos GL19 3DU at 2pm Info: 01531 820687

Glosfolk Annual General Meeting is now confirmed as Tuesday July 1st at The Fountain Inn, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2NW at 7.30pm. Only Glosfolk Members can vote. Non members are welcome to  attend and may speak with permission of the Chairman. A formal notice will be e-mailed to members by June 1, and an agenda, and papers, by June 15th. Info: 01452 780401 E-Mail  The Meeting will be followed by the usual Tuesday music session. (By kind permission of Bill Taylor)

Dave Blick is holding a get together on Sunday May 16th to explore possibility of a Folk Choir at Huntley Village Hall, North Road, Huntley, Glos GL19 3DU 2 – 4pm. Contact: 01531 820687 Web site


Two useful resources (IMHO)
I know that not everyone likes Irish traditional music, but for those of you who do, can I recommend the series of DVDs 'Come West Along the Road' These are produced by the Irish Traditional Music Archive, there are four so far, and each DVD contains about 60 (yes) tracks of archive TV performances. Most performers are amateur, and very good they are, but there are also vintage appearances by people who have become more well known, including Maire Ni Chatasaigh, Christy Moore, Seamus Ennis, Jimmy Crowley, Ronnie Drew etc. Each DVD costs about £17 depending on pound/euro exchange rate, Details at HERE 

The Living Tradition Magazine was founded by Pete Heywood and comes out two-monthly. Issue 100 is now out, and has a good mix of articles, reviews, etc - covering all parts of the British Isles. It cost £36 for a 24 month (12 issues) subscription. Glosfolk were lucky enough to have some free copies to give away on the Information Stand at Cheltenham Folk Festival, and these were very well received. Details HERE

Now 383 (-5) on mailing list, (added quite a few this month, but even more bounced! - I remove anyone if their e-mail fails)
275 now on Facebook Group (+22) - well done all who have been adding people.
Directory 263 entries (+2)
Web site hits 266, Diary 549, Total 815
Events diary August was 141, Sept 244, Oct 259 so far
Good meeting earlier in the month with Andrew at Quays Centre, quite a few events there needing folk performers. He had a brilliant response to the mailing earlier in the month, over 30 acts interested in performing!
Attended GAVCA AGM last week.
Meeting today with Mhairi Smith - she is talking about some paid busking in Gloucester City Centre. She would want us to organise a rota, for which she would pay a fee to Glosfolk. Also she has some more ideas coming up.
How can we get into Cheltenham events?

Dave Blick
It is with the greatest pleasure, that we have learned that EFDSS are to bestow their prestigious Gold Badge, their highest award,  on Dave Blick, and I am sure you will all join with me in sending him our heartiest congratulations, and thanks for all he has done for folk in the county over many years. I understand the badge is to be presented at the Harvest Home on October 5


The Government has at last published the revised guidance for the 2003 Licensing Act. As expected, no entertainment licence is now needed for 'small' gigs (audience less than 500), performances of plays (including mummer's plays), and house concerts (non-profit making) Licensing Act 2003: statutory guidance - Publications - Inside Government - GOV.UK Includes the amended guidance issues under section 182 guidance, an error notice for the guidance and a summary of recent changes.

Paul McLaughlin, manager of Stroud Subscription Rooms, tells me that sales of tickets for Flossie
Mallavialle  (on Thursday  April 18 at 7.30pm £14 Info: 01453 760900) are a little disappointing. He is trying very hard to put on a good folk programme - do support this if you can!

The Dubliners will be making their last ever public appearance on the Jools Holland TV Hootenanny Show on 31st December. However 'Former members of the Dubliners' are now accepting bookings! (Sean, Eamonn, Patsy, and Gerry O'Connor)

Tony Gibbons tells me he is restarting the music sessions at The Queen's Head, Aston Cross nr Tewkesbury GL20 8LP, on 4th Wednesdays from 8.30pm (not December) - new landlord! may even be refreshments! Next one October 24 Info:

Some people have reported difficulties in obtaining copies of Gerald Tween's new book of scripts for Gloucestershire mumming plays 'Step In' from Amazon. You should have no diffficulty from Waterstones: Or why not cut out the middleman, and send me a cheque for £10, or go to Gloucester Folk Museum, or even catch a live performance of Lassington Oak Morris Men!

Folk music enthusiasts in Gloucestershire have much to look forward to in October with a record of 275 events to choose from. There are concert appearances by Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver at Bishop’s Cleeve on October 5, Celtish at Hartpury Old Chapel on October 6, Chris Wood at Cheltenham Town Hall also on October 6, Karine Polwart at Stroud Subscription Rooms on October 7, Jinski at Forest Folk Club on the same date, Jan Vaisey & Ian Harvey are at The Wheatsheaf in Cheltenham on October 9, Whalebone at Apperley Village Hall on October 20, Sarah Jones at Phoenix Theatre, Ross-on-Wye also on October 20, Joe Penland at Dursley on October 21, and Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes at The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury on October 24.
There are ceilidhs and barn dances for the more energetic at Stroud with The Bees Knees Band on October 6, The Geckoes also at Stroud on the same day, a Scottish Dance at The Reddings, Cheltenham on October 13, and a Barn Dance at Tewkesbury with the Free Spirit Band on the same day at Tewkesbury, Stroud Ukulele Ceilidh Band at Avening on October 19, Baily’s Beads in Cheltenham on October 20, Forest Brown Band at Huntley, and The Eelgrinders at Horsley on October 27. There are mid week country dance sessions at Witcombe on October 10, and 24, Bethesda in Cheltenham on 3rd & 17th, Hucclecote every Friday, Holy Trinity in Cheltenham every Monday, Cirencester on 9th, 10th, and 23rd, Apperley on October 25, and May Hill Village Hall on October 31.
All the usual folk clubs will be operating – Frampton every Tuesday, Minchinhampton every Thursday, Forest Club on October 7 & 21, Winchcombe on October 2, Stroud Singer’s Club on October 3 and 17, Gloucester on October 8 and 22, Conderton near Tewkesbury on October 10, Mitcheldean on October 11, Lechlade on October 12 & 26, Cheltenham Folk Club have a local’s nights on October 12, and Michelle Soine on October 26.
Music and song sessions as always are at pubs all over the county, too numerous to mention individually, but the full and updated listings are always available on line from, and if your event is not mentioned then do let me know!
All the many morris and clog dance sides in the county are now getting ready for the spring, and will soon be performing at a fête or pub near you, and they all welcome new members, dancers and musicians. The annual morris dancers conkers championship is at Hayles Fruit Farm, near Winchcombe on October 14 (a sight not to be missed!) Lassington Oak Morris Men are holding a free workshop at Gloucester Folk Museum on October 20 as aprt of the Apple Day festivities
Peter Cripps (Glosfolk)

A new book has been written by local morrisman, dance caller and mummer Gerald Tween entitled ‘Step In’. The book, his first, has the detailed scripts of 26 mummer’s plays from Gloucestershire, and has been the subject of considerable research over the years by the author, involving numerous visits to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library in London, and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, as well as collecting scripts from the many mumming groups active in the county today.
The 107 page book is published by Vale Publishing Services ISBN 978-0-9514743-8, is printed by KM Reprographics of Gloucester, and is available from the author, Amazon, or from all good bookshops price £10.95

David Blick, founder Squire of The Forest of Dean Morris Men, and their present musician responded to Chloe Metcalfe's request for information on Morris costume, which she is undertaking as part of her degree.

During the course of setting down the information for Chloe, David decided to attempt to discover the location, or perhaps find someone who may have seen a rather splendid musicians tabard made for The Forest of Dean Morris in the early 1970's, but which has been mislaid now for quite some time. This was made by Dennis Westrip of Chelmsford, who became a great friend of the FoDMM when he holidayed regularly in the area.

The tabard which was of a sage green colour depicted on the front, crossed swords (old FoD village sides often had a man walk in front of the dances with crossed swords held high), and a miner's axe (relating to the area's mining history). On the back was an embossed crown in purple and gold and a representation of
a bible. The crown related to the Forest of Dean being a Royal Forest since 1066.

David would love to hear from anyone who may know anything about this tabard. He can be contacted on 01531 820687

Just heard the very sad news that 'Banjo' Barney McKenna, founder member of The Dubliners, passed away this morning. He was 72. We luckily saw him at Cheltenham Town Hall on March 9th, and thought he was actually looking better than he had for some time. His singing of 'I wish I had someone to love me', and his stunning banjo playing, that evening brought the house down! Full story  HERE

Risk Assessments:
Astrid & I were asked the other day for a copy of our risk assessment for a little gig we are doing soon. A first! We did not have one! I quickly devised a form, and thought of a few hazards, and how to reduce/eliminate them. Here it is as a MS Word document:       RISK ASSESSMENT FORM.doc  If anyone wants another format please ask (BTW I missed off the 'hanging basket' hazard! - thanks Norma!)

New regular music session:
Tony Gibbons writes - I am starting a new session at ‘The Queen’s Head’ Aston Cross, Ashchurch, Tewkesbury GL20 8LP on Wednesday 22nd February starting at approx 8.30 p.m. This is aimed at musicians NOT singers and will be completely open to music traditions (including foreign). I can promise a good selection from the U.K. Definitely present at this first one to get the ball rolling will be:-  myself (melodeon), Hamish West (guitar, mandolin), Roly Alcock (melodeon) Rod Penlington (concertina). The pub has ‘Doom Bar’ on tap amongst others. Beginners and slow players will be catered for.
 Anyone can ring me if they wish on 01242 232126.


13.7.10 History of Glosfolk
If you have any old photos, minute books, memorabilia, recollections of the early days of Glosfolk - or 'The Gloucestershire Folk Association' as it once was, could you contact Gwilym Davies () who has very kindly offered to collate any info, and put it into a document for us. (Does he know what he is letting himself in for?) Even if you think you know when Glosfolk was founded that would be useful!


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