‘Farming Songs’ project seeks funding…

This just in from Mike Ruff (of local band Quicksilver):

Please can you share this on facebook when I post it and email to all your friends who aren’t on facebook please!


English Folk Dance and Song Society invites applications for creative artist residencies

This just in from EFDSS:

English Folk Dance and Song Society invites applications for creative artist residencies

Dancers, poets, storytellers, musicians, visual, digital or multi media artists are being invited to apply for the 2015/16 round of creative artist bursaries offered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

EFDSS, which runs the national folk arts centre Cecil Sharp House in London, makes up to four awards annually to fund the research and development of new work linked to the folk arts.

The creative artist residencies are part of EFDSS’ Artists’ Development Programme that provides professional development support, both creative and business, to artists.

The Creative Bursary Award includes the daytime use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House (but not 24 hour storage space), access to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, and a grant of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses.

Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive said: “Since the creative artist bursaries programme was launched in 2012, we have supported contemporary and folk dance choreographers, storytellers, and classical and folk musicians and composers.

“We have been delighted to see many artists go on to create full shows and new music for CDs from the research and development EFDSS has supported.

“We are always keen to hear from people who are interested in exploring the potential of the English folk arts from a cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture creative view point.”

Application information

For guidelines and applications forms go to www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/artists-bursaries. 

The deadline for submitted applications is 9pm on 29 May 2015 for residencies to be taken between September 2015 and March 2016.

Completed applications should be sent via email to neil@efdss.org or posted to Neil Pearson, Artists’ Development Manager, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY by the deadline. The successful candidates will be announced in late June.

For more information about EFDSS’ Artist Development programme, go to www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/aspire-programme.

Previous Creative Artist Residencies


Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – music
Emily Portman  – music
Polly Paulusma – mixed media project featuring music and prose

Sam Sweeney – music and storytelling
Ben Nicholls – music
Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani – mixed media featuring music and dance
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – music

Rachel Rose Reid – storytelling
Alison Rowley – orchestral music
Jack Harris – music
Darren Ellis – dance

For more information of previous residencies, go to http://www.efdss.org/efdss-artists-development/artists-bursaries/creative-artists-residencies


Poet Of The Sublime To The Ridiculous

This just in from the Ver Poets:

Poets from across two counties will gather in St Albans on Monday April 27 for a reading by Kit Wright. He is the author of more than 25 books for adults and children and the winner of numerous literary awards. His themes range from the ridiculous to the sublime – sometimes both at once!

The free event at Waterstones in St Peter’s Street will also feature work by John Mole of Ver Poets, Ian McEwen of  Ouse Muse and David Van Cauter of  Poetry ID. Kit is a past winner of an Arts Council Writers Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize.

Doors open at 7 pm and the performance starts at 7.30. Some refreshments will be provided and there is a coffee bar in the store.  Full details at http://verpoets.org.uk/

Ver Poets flyer >>

Songwriting workshop date

This just in from Rob Bray of The Straw Horses (we reviewed his CD Calendar in Issue 127):

Rob is running one-day songwriting workshop suitable for first-timers or more seasoned writers.

Rob is a fantastic musician so we are sure his course will be a worthwhile and rewarding experience!

(We have also just added a video he shot for on of the Calendar tunes to our YouTube channel – check it out here >>)