The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust:

  • Is a registered charity (no. 1082774) and was established in 2000
  • Promotes awareness of and participation in the folk music traditions of East Anglia
  • Is based on over twenty years previous work in traditional music development by the founders Katie and John Howson
  • Is run by director Laura Cannell
  • Has a management team (Board of Trustees) who meet regularly throughout the year
  • Has six patrons, all based in the eastern counties
  • Runs community projects in East Anglia
  • Provides a programme of regular music workshops and evening classes
  • Runs an annual Traditional Music Day festival
  • Publishes a newsletter four times a year
  • Commissions and publishes research and resources
  • Provides concerts, lectures, workshops and other events for a variety of other organisations



The East Anglian Traditional Music Trust is a registered charity based in Suffolk, which aims to promote awareness of and participation in the folk music traditions of East Anglia. East Anglia has a rich seam of such music, and has provided inspiration for composers such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, and been the subject of many recordings, books and articles.

On this website you will find news about our current projects, and how to get involved, including workshops and evening classes, community projects, research and publications. You will also find further information about our past projects, links to other sites of related interest and an online shop featuring the widest range of recordings and books about East Anglian traditional music and song anywhere in the world!

Contact us at: info@eatmt.org.uk or ring 01449 771090.

Our office is on the same site as the Museum of East Anglian Life in the centre of Suffolk.
Write to us at: EATMT, The Old Stables, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1DL.

We send out e-newsletters about four times a year. To receive our newsletter, please click here. You can unsubscribe at any time.

We’d like to encourage everyone who appreciates the work we do – whether it be this website, the events, the research and publications, the schools and community projects, the exhibitions, the workshops and classes … to join the Friends of EATMT and support our work into the future.

If you sing or listen to a local song, play or hear a local tune, dance or watch or stepdancing, at least part of that is probably down to the work of EATMT, which has been working to keep our local traditions alive and kicking into the twenty first century. If you receive a printed copy or an email version of this newsletter, it’s down to the hard work of our part-time staff and volunteers – and the same goes if you are reading this on the website now!

We are a small organisation but with a serious reputation for delivering professional projects and “punching above our weight”. We became a registered charity in 2000 and are governed by a board of trustees. Membership starts at £15 per year. Donations are always very welcome, a Gift Aid declaration helps it go even further, and we also welcome longer-term enquiries about legacies etc.

Please visit our membership page to download a form. Thank you.

Our policies are available to read online, please click here if you would like to find out more.

Our Annual Reports (from 2012 onwards) are available online, please click here if you wish to read them.


When we set up the Trust in 2000, we asked local singer and farmer Tony Harvey to be our patron. Tony sadly died in 2006, by which time we had two new patrons: Libby Purves and Paul Heiney, who are well-known broadcasters and writers with long-standing links in East Anglia. They have lived in Suffolk for many years and are great supporters of rural traditions.

In 2007 we welcomed four new patrons: Mark Murphy and Lesley Dolphin, who are both well known broadcasters on BBC Radio Suffolk, and Gloria and Trevor Buckley, who are involved in the running of three Traveller sites in the eastern region. All four are active supporters of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust.

We were delighted to have Tony Harvey as our patron when we founded the Trust in 2000, but sadly Tony died in early 2006. Tony was from farming stock in central Suffolk and had a deep involvement in the region’s rural community. Growing up on a farm, Tony found some of the old farmworkers knew some amazing old ballads, and for the past forty or so years, he had been singing some of them himself. See the Profiles section of this website for further details about Tony.

EATMT is regularly funded by:

Stowmarket Town Council

Mid Suffolk District Council

Florence Elizabeth Steers Trust

EATMT projects have been supported by:

Adnams Charity

Alfred Williams Charitable Trust

Arts Council England (National Lottery)

Awards For All (National Lottery)

Britten-Pears Foundation

Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust

Community Champions

Foundation for Sport and the Arts

Heritage Lottery Fund

Hervey Benham Charitable Trust

Joint Morris Organisation

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council

Mid Suffolk District Council

Norfolk County Council

RVW Society

South Norfolk District Council

Suffolk Coastal District Council

Suffolk County Council

Waveney District Council

Stowmarket Town Council

We have worked in partnership with:

Suffolk Artlink


BBC Radio Norfolk

English Folk Dance and Song Society

Cambridge Music Festival

Creative Arts East

Suffolk County Council


Stowmarket Choral Society

Moreton Folk Festival (Essex)

Age Concern (Suffolk)

Suffolk Libraries and Heritage

Essex Sound Archive

Rig-a-Jig-Jig (Norfolk Music History group)

Southwold Museum

True’s Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Museum of East Anglian Life

Roots of Norfolk

We have completed commissions for:

National Trust

Horniman Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Suffolk Coasts & Heaths Project

South Norfolk District Council

Churches Conservation Trust

Stour Valley AONB “Managing a Masterpiece”

Suffolk County Council Positive Ageing

Suffolk Tourism Partnership


We have acted as consultants for:

Arts Council England

BBC TV and Radio

Anglia TV

Folk Arts England

Eastern Angles Theatre Company

Red Rose Chain Theatre Company

Wonderful Beast Theatre Company

Stuff of Dreams Theatre Company


We are members of:

English Folk Dance & Song Society

Voluntary Arts Network

Community Action Suffolk

Suffolk Folk

Essex Folk Association