10th August 2019
“… and if you see any of this lot, run!” The Hadlow Down TN22 lunch-club for seniors heard all about Sussex Traditions’ story-so-far and what can be done to help the charity preserve old memories, stories, sayings and songs. One gentleman, born nearby and still living in the same house, told how his father had come from outside the area and was always so intrigued by local expressions and peculiar terms that he wrote them down – and our friend still has those documents. “It would be such a shame for them to just be lost forever,” he said, and is [read more]
2nd February 2019
An update on the Sussex Traditions website that many of you will want to read - One of the important singers in the county found by the early folk song collectors was Henry Hills of Lodsworth. Not a great deal about him is known. There is not even a photo known to exist. Denise and Stuart Savage researched what was known of his life and made their findings into a multimedia show which they presented in Lodsworth and in a number of Sussex folk clubs. They sang a number of his songs as part of the show. The presentation has now been [read more]
2nd February 2019
The listing of Morris Dance sides on the Sussex Traditions website has been updated and the number of sides in the list has grown from 6 to 24! Clearly the Morris is a growth industry in our county! If you know of any that we have missed, please inform us and we will add them. Have a look at https://sussextraditions.org/sussex-topics-2/song-music-dance/folk-dance/morris-dance/ (Within an hour of announcing this update here and on the Sussex Traditions Facebook page. I received five messages naming 5 morris sides and 2 teams of mummers that I had not included in my update. I find this amazing; lots [read more]
7th December 2018
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/
18th 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.
8th May 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.
22nd March 2018
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.
8th February 2018
Sussex Tradition’s new project. Sussex Traditions will build on what was achieved in its Foundation Project by populating all the Sussex Topics --cultural heritage in Sports and Games, Food and Drink, Crafts, etc. -- expanding the database and providing an informative 'calendar view' of The Sussex Year. A series of education events and networking activities will be based around this. Seasonal presentations will draw upon the archive and invite fresh interpretations - you, your friends, your class at school, your family members, can contribute and help us ensure featured subjects are attractive, lively and relevant. The aim is to build and strengthen the charity’s [read more]
7th December 2017
Look at these gorgeous bags for life, kindly designed for Sussex Traditions by Jon Dudley.
7th December 2017
Sussex Traditions is delighted to announce a very important appointment to our board of advisers. As the work and compass of Sussex Traditions grows, so too does its requirement for specialist knowledge; no more so than in the aquisition, preservation and display of archive film. We are fortunate therefore to secure the professional advice of Paul Cotgrove who has agreed to act as both a mentor and technical and artistic guide to the team at Sussex Traditions. Paul promotes two major international film festivals in his home town of Southend on Sea and is well known in the British Film [read more]
6th December 2017
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
3rd November 2017
Bob Lewis and Bob Copper New from Musical Traditions - MTCD374 “This is an absolutely splendid record” writes Rod Stradling. The two Bobs were recorded at Nellie's folk club in Tonbridge, back in 1999, where they were performing together as The Two Bobs' Worth - an almost unique event. They were recorded by Andrew King, who's said "If you think the recordings are of good enough quality I would be delighted and honoured if you wanted to issue them." Well, the recordings are excellent, and the singing is just glorious! The track list is as follows: A Fair Maid Walking; The Honest Labourer; Good Morrow Mistress [read more]
3rd November 2017
Sussex Tradition’s next project. Sussex Traditions will build on what was achieved in its Foundation Project by populating all the Sussex Topics --cultural heritage in Sports and Games, Food and Drink, Crafts, etc. -- expanding the database and providing an informative 'calendar view' of The Sussex Year. A series of education events and networking activities will be based around this. Seasonal presentations will draw upon the archive and invite fresh interpretations - you, your friends, your class at school, your family members, can contribute and help us ensure featured subjects are attractive, lively and relevant. The aim is to build and strengthen the charity’s [read more]
28th October 2017
... from contributor Dave Watkins As part of the Last Fisherman Standing project, Sussex boatbuilder Ryan Kearley provided the opportunity to help restore an old wooden fishing boat. The main task was to steam ribs and fasten them to complete the base of the boat. Participants were able to learn about traditional boat building skills in Sussex. The activity took place on Worthing beach near the Artists' Coast Cafe. Boatbuilder Ryan Kearly is based at Barcombe.
26th October 2017
In all the hubbub and excitement of this year's Lewes Folk Festival, Vic and Tina Smith gave a presentation on Sussex Traditions and the work that's going-on, developing the charity's database of information on the county's cultural heritage. The Foundation Project (2016-17) focused primarily on traditional song. Vic and Tina demonstrated how to use the website's facilities to search and explore, relating some inspiring stories of old songs rediscovered and how half-forgotten recorded treasures have been turning-up, as a result of people hearing about the project. Mark Broad was there to say a few words about how the charity became established [read more]
3rd March 2017
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]
3rd March 2017
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]
21st December 2016
Sussex Traditions delivered its first schools workshop at All Saints Primary School, Sidley, Nr Bexhill on Friday 25th November. Year six students worked with animateurs Gail Duff and Bing Lyle to create a performance using traditional songs, games and dances to tell the story of the Battle of Sidley Green, when a smuggling gang took on the forces of the King's duty men. It made for a lively, interesting and engaging day of performing arts activities [read more]
20th December 2016
Once again the Rottingdean Mummers have kindly donated their annual collection to Sussex Traditions. This year they performed at both the Queen Victoria, Rottingdean and The Elephant And Castle, Lewes and raised £200 for the charity. Thanks to the company and to all who contributed to the collection.
19th December 2016
We don’t need any deep reason to be interested in the past - it is fascinating in its own right - but many people think...
23rd October 2016
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...
2nd October 2016
Dancing in the rain may have been a more appropriate name for the annual 'Dancing in the Old' event at Harvey's Brewery...
23rd July 2016
We are thrilled to announce that our Patron Shirley Collins MBE has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex. You can read more about Shirley's involvement in traditional music and folk song collection here: www.shirleycollins.co.uk www.sussex.ac.uk/newsandevents/events/graduation-2016/shirley-Collins
31st March 2016
Sussex Traditions has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its Foundation Project. This twelve month pilot programme has been given £10,000 towards the development of a web-based, multimedia, searchable database, which will make many important, unique and often inaccessible Sussex heritage items accessible to the public. Sussex Traditions is concerned with the traditional heritage of Sussex, East and West. By this we mean the shared everyday culture of ordinary people, past and present, which is passed on from person to person and down the ages, mainly amongst small groups and communities. It includes the areas normally described [read more]
3rd January 2016
Every year, for the past 40 years The Rottingdean Mummers resurrect the traditional Christmas play the text of which is unique to the village. Last year some Â£XXX was collected and presented to Sussex Traditions. This year The Mummers will once again raise money for the charity.
3rd December 2015
Local traditional singer, Martyn Wyndham-Read donated a substantial part of the fee he received from a local performance to Sussex Traditions after hearing of its inception...
3rd August 2015
In the summer of 2015, a concert was held in St.Margaret’s Parish Church Rottingdean to celebrate the centenary of the life and work of Bob Copper...
19th June 2015
The successful "Folk At The Oak" folk club at the Royal Oak in Lewes closed at the end of 2013. The long-term organisers, Vic & Tina Smith, announced at the beginning of that year that they were seeking others to take over the running of the club but no successor emerged. By careful management, the club had built up a bank account of over just over Â£2000. They were looking for a suitable cause that would promote an interest in folk song and music in Sussex and when SUSSEX TRADITIONS emerged they agreed that this was the right cause and [read more]