Thursday 14 August 2014

Back to Magic School: Folk Songs

Here are the details of some evening classes in folk music and folk songs starting this autumn in London:

Folk Song in England: Level 1 at the English Folk Song and Dance Society
This course offers to let you: "Explore the rich history of the English folk song in this series of evening seminars at Cecil Sharp House given by the noted folk scholar Steve Roud."
It is another chance to take part in a popular introductory level series exploring the history of English folk song.

Dates and times: Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October and 5 November, 7 - 9pm
Full fee: £66, Concessions: £54
Venue: English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY.
Enrolment: Download an enrolment form from and return it to to Imogen, Education Administrator, on You can pay by credit card, contact Imogen on 020 7241 8953.

Folk Ballads at City Lit
The description of this course says: "Folk ballads are a window into an older world of magic, murder, labour and lust - the rich culture of poor people handed down through the centuries. Explore their origins, meaning and recorded interpretations. Over 7 weeks we’ll explore 14 ancient folk ballads in depth. We’ll look at the songs’ origins, examine their lyrics’ meaning, and discuss when and by whom they were first collected."

Dates and times: Fridays evenings from 7 November to 19 December, from 6pm - 8pm
Full fee: £134, Senior fee: £134, Concession: £82
Venue: City Lit, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London
Further details:, call 020 7492 2630 or visit
Enrolment: 020 7831 7831
Course code: MD662

The picture shows The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

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