Talks

  • The Heyday of the Dulcimer in East Anglia

First presented at the World Dulcimer Congress (2015) and subsequently at the  EFDSS Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and Sidmouth Folk Festival. Joint presentation with John Howson. Fully illustrated with slides, recordings and instruments.

  • Traditional music, song and dance in East Anglia

This can be a general overview or it can be adapted to focus either on specific localities within East Anglia, or on instrumental music and musicians / dance  and dancers / songs and singers, according to interests. Joint presentation with John Howson. Fully illustrated with slides, recordings and live music if desired.

  • Vaughan Williams in East Anglia 

The quintessential English composer collected his first folksong in Essex in 1903 and went on to collect many hundreds more songs from rural singers. This talk can be generalised to East Anglia, Suffolk or Norfolk or more specifically to Southwold, south Norfolk, or King’s Lynn and includes much information about the singers and their social background. Fully illustrated.

  • Singing traditions in King’s Lynn

A look at singing traditions – folk and otherwise – in the fishing community of the North End, 1870-1970. Fully illustrated with slides and recordings.

  • ‘Up from the Sea’ –  singing traditions in Southwold

A look at singing traditions and relationships between the fishing community and visitors. Fully illustrated with slides and recordings.

  • ‘Jollyboys and Limberjacks’

An illustrated talk and demonstration about the history of the jig doll in the British Isles. Fully illustrated.

  • ‘Will the Real Paddy O’Rafferty Please Stand Up’  

The first in a series of talks looking at different aspects of musical items found on a barrel-organ taken by Admiral William Parry on his Arctic explorations 1819-1825. This one considers the relationship between dance tune, song and the Georgian stage in England, Ireland and the USA. Fully illustrated with slides. 

In preparation:

  • ‘I Looked East and I Looked West’ – An Irish fiddler in Norfolk – Julia Clifford Fully illustrated with slides, recordings and live music.

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