Henry Burstow Events in Southwater

On Saturday 26th January, there was the the first of two linked events at Holy Innocents Church, Southwater, to celebrate the wonderful singing of the famed Horsham character, Henry Burstow (1826–1916). He was a shoemaker and bellringer best known for his vast repertoire of songs, many of which were collected in the folksong revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was also the author of Reminiscences of Horsham, which gives a lively picture of life in the mid-nineteenth century. The workshop was led by Alex Hodgkinson, Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital, with Sussex Traditions management committee member, [read more]

Traditional Folk Song: Past Present & Future

This conference took place on 10th & 11th November at Cecil Sharp House in London. It was jointly organised by The English Folk Dance & Song Society and The Traditional Song Forum. One of twenty-three presentations was by Sean Goddard and concerned the song collecting in Sussex by Tony Wales; a project which was the Foundation Project for Sussex Traditions. Sean has adapted this presentation for inclusion on this website and you can read it at https://sussextraditions.org/project/the-tony-wales-collection/more-about-the-collection/

The Sussex Traditions Feature at Lewes Folk Festival weekend 13th October 2018

Lewes Folk festival has always found a spot for Sussex Traditions each year, initially for introducing it as a new organisation and subsequently for updating on progress.

Conference Success! Locating Women in ‘the Folk’ 2018

Performers, collectors and scholars of folk song, folk dance, and folklore came from all around the world to attend a conference celebrating the role of women in cultural traditions.

Women in ‘the Folk’ – News

We are delighted to announce Lucy Neal, great great niece of Mary Neal (CBE), as our keynote speaker for Women in 'the Folk' conference - 9th June 2018.

Women in ‘the Folk’ – an interdisciplinary conference

Call for Papers - Locating Women in ‘the Folk’: Perspectives on women’s contributions to folk song, folklore, and cultural traditions. UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX 9TH JUNE 2018

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).

Late Night Shopping

We had yet another fruitful evening in the Harvey's Yard at their annual Late Night Shopping Christmas celebrations! Thank you to Edmund and the team for inviting us to exhibit and engage with the local shoppers (and beer drinkers)!  There were many expressions of interest on a wide range of Sussex Traditions. We look forward to working with the Harvey's team again in the New Year when the John Harvey Tavern will host our Traditional Song Forum Sing-Around. (See our events listing for more details).  

Website Preview at Much Ado Bookshop

Sussex Traditions, its supporters and friends, gathered together in Alfriston at Much Ado Bookshop and The Smugglers Inn on Sunday 23rd October for a progress report and preview...

Harvey’s ‘Dancing in the Old’

Dancing in the rain may have been a more appropriate name for the annual 'Dancing in the Old' event at Harvey's Brewery...

Sussex Day at Harvey’s Brewery

Harvey's Sussex Day Saturday 18th June Harvey's Brewery run an annual event to celebrate Sussex Day (the first Saturday after St Richard's day). The event was held in the brewery yard, with displays of traditional crafts like trug making and flint knapping. There were stalls showcasing local food and drink, slow roasted Sussex lamb, local wines and of course Harvey's Beer with the launch of their new ale "Sussex Champion". Given the local nature of the event and the atmospheric venue it was a fantastic opportunity for Sussex Traditions to showcase traditional song and [read more]