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Welcome to the latest news from the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust. We’ve been working away over the winter months to put together an exciting programme of events for you in 2019. The 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.

On that note, we’d also like to welcome Eammon Andrews to our board of Trustees. Eammon brings with him a weath of epxerience  – and we will ask him to share with you more about his love for East Anglian music in a coming newsletter. Welcome Eammon!

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  –   Step Dance Day at The Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

Come join us for a weekend of traditional dance events at the ever popular Strumpshaw Tree Fair.

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

A guest lecture on Dulcimer’s as part of the Folk Art Summer exhibition at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo

31 August 2019 – A day of traditional music, including workshops and performance at The Sheringham Museum at The Mo

Come join us for a day of traditional music, including workshops and performance 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.

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

Here’s to the coming spring!


David Cain – Operations Manager
East Anglian Traditional Music Trust

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2019 sees the launch of the Ruddock Bursaries which we are offering to U25 year old Artists who have an interest in English Traditional Folk Arts be it musicians, dancers or story tellers.

We have 4 bursaries of up to £250* available to youths up to 25 years old. You must have been raised, be living or studying in East Anglia and be already involved in some form of Traditional Folk Arts. *One of these bursaries is to support most of the cost of one youth place at the Burwell Bash which is an annual Folk Music Summer School (29th July-2nd Aug 2019).

Aside from the Burwell Bash bursary, the remaining bursaries can be used for anything which would be considered helpful for the continuation of your involvement in this area – for example, to cover the cost of workshops, instrument costs, travel expenses to lessons.

Applications are open with the closing date of 15th March 2019.

Please apply by writing to us – tell us who you are, what you do, what your links to East Anglia are and what you would like the bursary to help you with. Please include proof of ID in your application.

Applications by post or email to:

East Anglian Traditional Music Trust The Old Stables
Museum of East Anglian Life
Crowe Street

Stowmarket IP14 1DL Email:

Gordon Ruddock was a long time Friend and generous supporter of EATMT and after his death in early 2017, we learned that we were one of ten Charities to benefit from his Estate. As a result, we decided to set up the Bursary scheme and offer a little help to the younger generation who we hope will in turn help to keep traditions alive.



                   Learn to… Play


Experienced players, improvers, and absolute beginners  


We’re developing a brand new programme of classes for instrument tuition.

These are focused on Melodeon’s, however we could  also arrange Concertina classes if demand is there.These classes would be for experienced players, improvers and absolute beginners. We’re very keen that everyone can find the right level of learning for them.

We want to make the classes as accessible as possible so at this stage we are looking to run lessons in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, & Suffolk.

If you would be interested in attending a class, could you let us know and indicate your level of playing and your location?
07495 054669

And if you can’t wait please check out the upcoming workshops with our Friends from Mardles. All the details are further down the newsletter.

For Hire … We’ve a wide range of instruments available for hire- and a Maypole!
If you’re looking to start learning a new instrument, or simply want to spend more time practising your skills, then why not hire one of our instruments? Our instruments have literally been flying of our shelves this winter – which is great to see.

Hiring is a cost-effective way of trying out a new instrument whilst you think about purchasing one of your own. All Instrumental hire is a one of £10 admin free and then £10 per calendar month.

Available for hire

1 row in key of C
2 rows in keys of D/G

Anglo Concertinas
McCann Duet Concertina


We also have Jig Dolls for hire – and our very own Maypole – available for weddings, school, and community events.

Please e mail us for all the booking information.

Volunteers … EATMT is not only about music, song and dance, there are lots of other ways to be involved…

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver the Cider and Song Event. If you can help out then please contact us as detailed below:

email: to if you would like to be involved in helping at this event, or with research.

What’s on elsewhere…

Mardles & Vintage Squeeze present
Playing Together – Workshops for Melodeons
and Other instruments
Saturday April 13 – 10.00 – 5.00
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Tutors: Mary Humphreys and Anahata

10.00 – 10.30  Sign in • Tea and Coffee
10.30 – 12.00  Morning workshop: Session tunes – learning by ear
12.00 – 12.30  Lunch – bring packed lunches 12.30 – 2.00  Session: Simon & Val Haines to lead
2.15 – 3.30  Afternoon workshops: 1 – Anahata – Morning workshop tunes continued
2 – Mary Humphreys – Two-part harmonies
3.30 – 3.50  Tea break
3.50 – 4.50  Showcase session for all participants – Playing together
5.00 – Goodbyes
St Luke’s Church, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2HF

Cost £25.00

Further details and booking form to download on Mardles website

Contact details: Valerie Leggett / 01603 482987

I Looked East and I Looked West’


A celebration of the life and music of Julia Clifford, to be held in Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK on 26th-28th April 2019. This event is being promoted by the trust’s former director Katie Howson.

She hope’s this event will bring together those who knew Julia in Ireland, London and East Anglia, as well as a younger generation of musicians influenced and inspired by her playing.

If you know you want to come, here’s some shortcuts to the important stuff:

Website for event


Event information, including outline of the weekend programme and accommodation
Please note that events listed in the What’s on Elsewhere section are delivered by external parties. The East Anglian Tradtional Music Trust is not responsible for these events delivery.