Welcome to The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

Our website is a resource for the Traditional Music, Song, Dance and Customs of East Anglia, the Eastern regions of the British Isles. We promote, research and create projects about traditional music performed in East Anglia in the past as well as looking at how our traditions continue to be passed on into the the 21st Century.

We present a series of annual events and you can find out more about these on both our events page and newsletters . The key dates for your diary in 2019 are:

10 July 2019 – Mel’s Monthly Melodeon Club 11am to 1 pm at Newmarket

and then 11 September, 9 October,  13 November and 11 December.

21 July 2019  –   Step Dance Day on 21 July at 2pm The Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

26 July 2019 –  Folk Art- Time on their Hands  Talk at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo. Sheringham

A lunchtime lecture by Richard Blake on Dulcimers in East Anglia as part of the Folk Art Summer exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo. The Museum will have on display a Dulcimer made and played by Jack Basham and his daughter Vera Johnson.

16-18 August 2019 – Folk East at Glemham Hall, Suffolk.

Join us at Folk East where we will be hosting showcase performances from our bursary awardees and others.

31 August 2019 –  The Sheringham Museum at The Mo   Come and join us at 11am for  traditional music making  – have a listen, have a go and why not hire – and then listen to a performance at 2pm as part of the Folk Art – Time on their Hands exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo.

18 & 19 October 2019  – Cider and Song at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket.

A celebration of all things apple! Cider and Song Festival returns for the second year on the 18 and 19 October 2019. Find out more information about this event on our current events page here.

We also present workshops and demonstrations in the wider East Anglian Community, and further afield. Find out about our live events, workshops, instrument hire friends scheme and much more by exploring our site.


We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of John Halliday, a very dear friend to us all at the Trust and to the wider musical community.  It has been an absolute pleasure to have his support and friendship over the many years and we send our love and best wishes to his family and close friends.  One in a million – John Halliday.

We’ve dedicated a special page to John’s memory which you can find here.