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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.
Despite any disappointment, hopefully from the features in this newsletter you will agree that the Trust has plenty of upcoming opportunities to enjoy everything that is great about traditional music around our region.
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.
2018 will see EATMT having an official presence for the first time at FolkEast. If you are going along between 17- 19 August 2018, please do come and say hello to the team. We’ll have a tent in the Heritage Area / Broadwalk . We see this as an excellent opportunity for you to pop by – play, have a jig-doll moment, reminisce or just a chat – and tell us how you believe the Trust should develop in the future, and also share with us your passion for traditional music.
19/20 October 2018
Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.
This autumn we will be delivering a great new two-day event in collaboration with the Museum of East Anglian Life. The Museum site will come alive with live music and a range of delicious ciders.
Including workshops & performances. Our full line up of performers and activities will be announced soon…
We have launched our living archive to collect music and songs by people based in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire & Essex a free resource for current performers to submit to and for your listening pleasure.
THE LARK FOLK CHOIR
We are very excited to announce that the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust will be running a series of Folk Choir workshops throughout 2018.
Starting on 19th February 2018. Open to all ages and abilities, no experience needed, no auditions, fantastic tutor and a great opportunity to develop you traditional singing.