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.
This year the 90-minute session was divided into three sections. It was started off by Vic Smith with some background of the foundation, scope and progress of Sussex Traditions and he was joined by Tina Smith to explain the preparation of the folk song aspect of the database and how each recording was digitised, the lyrics and tune transcribed and then uploaded with various links including geographical and biographical ones.
Vic then introduced Lizzie Bennett to give the biography and the archival research that she had completed on the work of the Sussex-based folk song collector Dorothy Marshall, whose contribution has previously been severely neglected.
The third section was devoted to what has been the major achievement of Sussex Traditions in the past year, its involvement in the “Locating Women in The Folk” conference at the University of Sussex in June. Again this was led by Lizzie who had been joint organiser and was supported by a selection of photos which demonstrated the diversity of the event. Some lively comments and searching questions from the audience rounded off the event.
Lizzie Bennett and Vic & Tina Smith also contributed to the festival’s main concert, a sell-out event on Saturday evening where they provide two 20-minute support spots for the main guest artist, Jim Causley.