Events Diary

We’ve been working away over the last few months to put together an exciting programme of events for you in 2019. They have been developed with the support and input of a number of key people from within the region’s traditional music scene. We’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the events so far.

Our events will see us expand our delivery across East Anglia, with events taking us from the Yare Valley to the North Norfolk Coast and then back home to Mid-Suffolk too.

We may be adding to our programme as the year develops, so please expect to see new opportunities to attend events, learn ( more on classes below), sing and play right across the region as we go along!

The key dates for you diaries are:

20 & 21 July 2019  –   Stepdance Day at The Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

Come and join us on Sunday 21st July for Stepdance Day at the ever popular Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

This year we are delighted to have on board Norfolk Stepdancer Fiona Davies who is helping to curate the event.  We also are very pleased to welcome back young dancer Lou Beal to run the workshop.

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26 July 2019 (12:30) –  Folk Art- Time on their Hands  Talk at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo. Sheringham

A lunchtime talk by Richard Blake on Dulcimers as part of the Folk Art Summer exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo. Museum entry fees apply.

16/17/18 August 2019 – Folk East at Glemham Hall, Suffolk.

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

We are also involved in some Traditional Music making at the Sheringham Museum on Saturday 31st August.  At 11am we will be promoting the playing of Dulcimers, Melodeons and Concertinas with some music provided by Norwich based ‘self help’ melodeon group “Vintage Squeeze”, SqueezEast Concertinas will be joining us with some of their concertina players and Richard Blake will be playing a Dulcimer.  There will be an opportunity to have a play on all of these instruments and a chance to get some guidance and advice on playing, buying and hiring.  Then at 2pm come and listen to Hushwing perform.  Hushing are a 6 piece band from Norfolk and are devoted to the traditional music of Norfolk. Collector and researcher and fellow band member Alan Helsdon will also sing a couple of songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams on his visits to Sheringham at the turn of the 20th century.  Usual Museum Admission charges apply (£4.50/£4 concessions, £2.50 5-16 yrs, family passes available)

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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.

For the more serious players a Pressing the Buttons day of workshops for concertina and melodeon players will be running alongside the Festival on Saturday 19th October.  Booking details can be found here.

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Friday 18thOctober 5.30pm
Taking place on the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall House, the bar in the Marquee opens on Friday evening at 5.30pm and tickets for the evening are £7.50 (via the Museum – in person or in advance via the Museum’s Cider & Song website).  There will be a Traditional Music Session from 7pm hosted by Company of Horham Old School with Richard Cove as MC (Richard is currently MC of the third Wednesday of the month sessions at the Blaxhall Ship Inn). You’re welcome to bring your instruments or just your voice and join in or to sit and sample the ciders and listen. Copperfield are a young trio made up of our youngest Bursary musicians, Lauren Peck and two other Aldeburgh Young Musicians who make their debut this weekend starting with the Friday evening and expect some light hearted banter from storytellers The Likely Lads.

Saturday 19thOctober 11am-5pm; 7pm – 11pm 
For a full and up to date list of stall holders and performers involved in the day, please refer to the cider and song website.  We have endeavoured to cover performers with links from across the counties of East Anglia with varying styles of Traditional Music and so we hope there’s something for everyone.  

This year, the Trust is pleased to have involved:

Shanty group Capstan Full Strength.  They have sung songs of the sea and land together for over 20 years.  They have a strong sound and have fantastic harmonies to their wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs.  They will be performing and also running a free Shanty workshop during the day. Workshop 2pm-2.40pm and hear them performing 3.30-4.15pm in the Marquee.

A cappella folk based harmony group Sound Tradition have been performing across the Country in various festivals and folk clubs during the year.  They sing a varied repertoire from medieval times to the modern day but always with an ear for the English Folk Tradition. They will be performing and also running a free Harmony workshop during the day. Workshop 11.10am-12.10pm and hear them performing 2.45-3.30 in the Marquee.

Potiphar’s Apprentices celebrate folk songs collected in Essex by Ralph Vaughan Williams.  The trio will be performing in Abbot’s Hall house during the day – 11.30am-12.30pm in the Dining Room.  

Stumpy Oak will be running lunchtime music session for anyone wanting to join in 12.15pm-1.45 in the Marquee.

We will be offering a Song Spot on the festival site on the Food Wars Trailer with an opportunity to sign up and sing a song on the day.  We’re pleased to be joined in this area by Lauren Peck and Copperfield, Dante and Friends and Samuel Taylor – three of our younger Gordon Ruddock bursary winners and friends. They will take a turn throughout the day and we hope others will take to this small stage to sing a song or play a tune.  

Also during the day in the Dining Room in the big house, there will be a chance to try out jig dolls (10.15am), melodeons (1.50pm), concertinas (2.40pm), dulcimers* (3.20pm) with the option to hire some of these and there will be a Stepdancing showcase with trophy presentations from July’s Stepdance Day competitions at 4.15pm in the Marquee.

*We’re hoping to have on show two very special dulcimers – one being the museum’s. From the archives, this instrument doesn’t get the opportunity to get out too much. We’re hoping it will be able to cope with a couple of tunes from George and Richard, our Dulcimer players. The second dulcimer is the Trust’s latest acquisition. Its previous owner acquired it from Billy Bennington and we are delighted that it’s part of the Trust’s collection. Come and have a look, a play and a chat!

Acorn Instruments will be in the “Old Peculiars Room” in the house during the Saturday

The day event ends at 5pm although there will be access to the bar throughout the whole day into the evening.  

The evening event is a separate event (see here for ticket options) and starts at 7.30pm.  

Copperfield are Lauren Peck – EATMT Bursary musician (centre), Rachel (left) and Vera (right) and they kick the Saturday evening off with a short set. The girls are friends from Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Lauren has also just been awarded a bursary from the Leverhulme Trust. Inspired by a workshop run by Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne in the Summer which resulted in a FolkEast performance, the girls have taken their newly learned skills and further arranged some folk tunes.

The Harbour Lights Trio add to the evening with their light-hearted and entertaining set.  Expect banter, story telling, East Anglian Traditional songs and all round good entertainment.

The finale of the Cider & Song event sees the Sam Kelly Trio.  Sam is from Norfolk and is now a favourite across festivals worldwide.  We’re delighted to have the Trio performing in Stowmarket .

The museum are busy organising the Cider side of the event which includes adding various craft stalls and activities for the day and building on last year’s event.  Camping has been added following popular requests for this as have a few beers alongside the vast number of Ciders and lots of soft drinks and on site caterers.  For a full up to date list of contributors to the event and for tickets, please visit the museum’s website.  

Further information on these events, including performer details, will be released in due course. If you are interested in attending, as a performer, workshop leader or volunteer, then do drop us a line. We’ve a new telephone number if you’re calling us – 07495 054669