March, 2017

Traditional Song Forum

On Saturday 25th March 2017 Sussex Traditions hosted the Traditional Song Forum: 'A national organisation dedicated to the promotion, performance and publication of Traditional Song in the UK.' An enthusiastic gathering filled the wonderful Lewes Linklater Pavilion, a purpose-built community space by the river in the Railway Lands conservation area. Vic and Tina Smith presented a recorded interview with the charismatic traditional singer Gordon Hall. This was followed by a moving presentation from Elizabeth Bennett on the life of Dorothy Marshall - a forgotten treasure in the history of folk song collecting in Sussex. Reg Hall concluded with his memories of the old [read more]

The Farmers of Old England

Sussex Traditions Education visited North Lancing School recently to deliver a full day of workshops leading to a performance for families and friends. There were songs, dances, games and a mummers play, all brought together to tell stories of local history, myths and legends. While researching threads connected to the Swing Riots, our traditional arts animateurs, Gail Duff and Bing Lyle, discovered a song called 'The Farmers of Old England', in the Sussex Traditions database (asset number SXT2806). According to records, the song was collected by Francis Collinson from a Mr. Booker, at Warnham in May 1950. The children at North [read more]

Folk Song in England

On Saturday 18th February, Steve Roud, folklorist extraordinaire, led forty Sussex Traditions supporters through the history of Folk Song in England. Steve delivered a fascinating talk, at Horsham Library, distilling a lifetime of research in Traditional English Folk Song into an entertaining explanation of this rich musical tradition. A highlight was the screening of excerpts from 'Here's a Health to the Barley Mow' (British Film Institute) and some thought-provoking discussion in response to the clips of pub singing culture from days past. If you would like to attend a Sussex Traditions Day School such as the Folk Song in England [read more]

Traditional Song Forum comes to Lewes

Sat 25 March 2017 09:30 – 22:30 Linklater Pavilion Railway Lane Lewes BN7 2FG To register for FREE ticket please visit Eventbrite. The day is hosted by Sussex Traditions on behalf of The Traditional Song Forum (TSF).