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19/20 October 2018

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

This autumn we delivered a great new two-day event in collaboration with the Museum of East Anglian Life.  Over the course of two evenings, and the Saturday, the Museum site came alive with live music, jig doll and melodeon workshops, and a range of delicious ciders.

The event opened with a great  performance on the Friday night from The Rogue Shanty Buoys, including a spellbinding vocal mix of Amazing Grace The House of the Rising Sun.

Saturday was further blessed with sunshine and the awards were made from our Stepdance Day at The Ship back in July 2018. The ceremony included a step dance demonstration and was well received by all.


Later we were joined in the main marquee by The Quay Street Whailers and the evening finished with a rousing series of songs from The Company of Horham Old School. We’d like to thank everyone who helped make this first event so special.

The full line up of performers and activities can be found on the museum’s own website  .



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Jig dolls are fascinating and elusive; they are percussion instruments, dolls, puppets, toys, wooden artefacts and elements of social history. They feature in traditional music, folk art and local history.

This edition pieces together a history from descriptions, printed references and museum examples and goes on to present three case studies (Yorkshire, East Anglia, and the Seth Davy legend). Reaching beyond the British scene, it explores evidence of dancing dolls in Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia and Africa, and surveys commercially produced jig dolls and mechanical dancers before concluding with a round-up of recent developments and innovations.


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Traditional Music Day will not be taking place in 2018. It has not been an easy decision and the Trustees and everyone at EATMT are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience.

We’d like to thank you for your patience whilst we’ve tried to clarify plans for 2018, and we’d like to reassure you whole-heartedly that although a disappointment to all, the non-running of this year’s event will place both the Trust and the event in the best possible position for the future.

Traditional Music Day has of course previously been held at The Museum of East Anglian Life. This venue in Stowmarket was not available to us this year. This led to plans being explored to try to host the event at new venues in Bungay. Sadly, these performance spaces are no longer a viable home for the event.

There clearly is not time this year to find the new venues (and potentially new performers) required to make the event the success it deserves to be. With this in mind we believe that the best course of action is to take stock, listen to your input, and work hard to put in place sound plans that ensure the event successfully returns in 2019.

What’s more, we can reassure you that Trust is on a sound financial and operational footing. We’re looking ahead to developing with you new ideas, whilst maintaining all the old events and activities. Now, more than ever, we need the support of all who love and value the heritage and songs of our traditional music.

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