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At the heart of English folk
Finding Folk Music Online


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Finding Folk Music Online


Cecil Sharp House, London

A free workshop on using the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Digital Archive, and its latest addition the James Madison Carpenter Collection.

Are you interested in using online folk song and music resources but not sure where to start? Or have you some experience and want to find out more? Then this free workshop is for you!

Whether you are researching for performance, teaching or study, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library’s digital archive is the leading online resource of folk materials. This is now live in a bigger and even better version, including over 2000 more songs from Britain and America and new ways of searching them. The morning session provides an opportunity to get practical experience in using the website, led by the VWML director, Laura Smyth.

The workshop will feature the Carpenter Folk Online project led by Julia Bishop which has seen the addition of the impressive collection of folk song and drama made by J. M. Carpenter in 1930s Britain. The afternoon session, led by folk artist-educator Hazel Askew, will demonstrate how to make the most of the online collections in a practical way.

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in traditional song, music, dance, drama and custom. No previous experience of using digital archives or traditional music is necessary. Come and tell us more about how you’d like to use the archive and the materials you are interested in!

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