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75th Anniversary Celebration at Cecil Sharp House
Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October
Anniversary Festival celebrating 75 years of the English Folk Dance and Song Society
Cecil Sharp House, Camden Town
Featuring the best in New and Old Folk from across the capital! Including
CUT A Shine:21st Century Barn Dancing, London Bulgarian Choir, The Green Note Café, Folkadot, Paul Sartin and Saul Rose, ‘Caribbean Music in Europe C.1900-50’ lecture, Balkan Dancing, The Moon Music Orchestra, Mary Hampton, Gemma Tortella, Thralles Rapper, Folk Landscapes Film Screening, Faustus and New Esperance Morris side.
The EFDSS has reached the grand old age of 75 and to mark this immense feat of longevity and showcase how the Society continues to be a dynamic and ever changing centre for the folk arts, it has organised a most daring and unusual party. The event will mix a vast range of entertainment, workshop, live music, and dance, featuring classic specialities of the folk arts as they always have been with nuggets of the tradition’s future. Some of the most exciting folk musicians, promoters, film makers and dancers in the land will be performing.
Festivities start at midday with an hour of fully participatory house decorating. Music maestros Paul Sartin and Saul Rose will start the celebrations off with the afternoon’s first concert, followed by a lecture on recordings of Caribbean music in Europe c.1900-1950.
The ‘Folk Landscapes’ hall is a dedicated screening of folk archive and art house folk films, The Green Note Café and Folkadot will present their acoustic lounge and an evening’s presentation of the not to be missed show ‘A Brief history of Folk’.
There will be workshops in Balkan dancing, we will see displays from the true British cut throat gymnastic sword dancing team ‘Thrales Rapper’. There will be an all-evening open mic session open to all musician, singers, dancers, poets and storytellers.
The Night’s concert will feature music from Alternative folk stars Gemma Tortela and the A Line, London Bulgarian Choir, Mary Hampton Band.
The jewel in the nights crown will be the Cut A Shine 21st Century Barn Dance Crew who will have the crowds tearing the floor up with their revolution of country dancing showing the adoring fans how barn dances never were and should always be!
The EFDSS is a charity registered in England and Wales.
Friday night features the legendary singles Ceilidh Knees Up that has been whipping up a frenzy of monthly country dances for several years and is famous for its raucous young crowds. The ravishing all male Faustus will be making the music.
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, Camden Town, London NW1
Friday 8-11pm £8/£6
Saturday 12am - 11pm £10/£8
Joint Tickets £15/£12
Tickets available in advance or on the door
020 7485 2206