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.
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) www.sheringhammuseum.co.uk
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.
18th October from 5pm-11 pm will be a traditional music and song session led by the Company of Horham Old School with Richard Cove as your host. Richard is currently MC of the third Wednesday of the month sessions at the Blaxhall Ship Inn.
19th October from 10 am to 11pm- Throughout the day there will be a series of free music and song ‘ have a go’ workshops with an opportunity to try out jig dolls and squeezeboxes as well as hearing songs from some great East Anglian musicians. The Museum of East Anglian Life are hosting this event so there will be additional apple related stalls and activities to get involved with. Keep an eye out on both our website and their website for additional information.
For the more serious players a “Pressing the Buttons“ day of workshops for concertina and melodeon players will be running alongside the Festival. Booking details will be made available in mid July.
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