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 singers of Sussex and his life and work as a collector and practitioner of traditional music in the county.

TSF sing aroundMany new connections were made between practicing folklorists, traditional song enthusiasts, performers and writers as they shared information on projects, research and contacts.

The evening sing-around at the John Harvey Tavern was a relaxed celebration of traditional song. Singers took turns sharing songs and everyone joined in the choruses, whilst many enjoyed a pint of the local Harvey’s ale!