A new digital archive that will allow anyone anywhere in the world to
explore traditional English folk music and dances tunes will be launched
by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) on Thursday, 20 June.
Created in partnership with leading academic institutions, The Full English at http://www.efdss.org/thefullenglish is an EFDSS project made largely possible with a £585,400 grant from the
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It brings together 12 major collections
for the first time in the most comprehensive free searchable digital
archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances, and
customs in the world.
It will be officially unveiled at a special event at EFDSS' London headquarters, Cecil Sharp House, on 20 June.
Traditional English folk singer, collector, writer, researcher, and
EFDSS President Shirley Collins MBE will give the keynote speech.
Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob
Harbron and Ben Nicholls will premiere new music and arrangements,
commissioned by EFDSS with a grant from the PRS Foundation for Music,
inspired by material Fay has found within The Full
About The Full English:
In a marriage between tradition and new media, more than 58,400 items
from some of the country's most important folk music collections –
including manuscripts, notes and letters – have been conserved and
digitised, before being uploaded to a central digital
Users can now browse through the collections of Harry Albino, Lucy
Broadwood, Clive Carey, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson,
Thomas Fairman Ordish, Frank Sidgwick, Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan
Williams, Alfred Williams and Mary Leather wherever they
are in the world.
They can search the online archive for free using the song or tune
title, people's names, places, the collectors and using unifying numbers
such as Roud numbers to find songs and music. It is hoped that further
collections will be added in the future.
The Full English Learning Programme:
The Full English is also EFDSS' largest participation project to date
with a nationwide community and schools learning programme beginning in
Working through nine regional partners, there will be community projects
including participatory events and concerts, archive and history
projects alongside creative projects in primary and secondary schools
and the wider community.