News items of interest to TSF members

I apologise that it has taken so long to update this website. The plan was that, by now, we would be with a new host and a lovely new design. Because of other commitments this has been delayed. I hope that it will be possible to complete the work in the summer. I am grateful for your patience. (Added 2-05-17)


TSF Meeting, Sheffield 16 September 2017

The next TSF meeting will be held in Sheffield on 16 September. An important feature of the day will be the second Roy Palmer Lecture, which is to be given by Ian Russell. His talk will be 'Why Study Traditional Song/Singing? A Personal Quest for Meaning' and you can see more details here. We are working to put together the programme for the rest of the day and details will be made available in good time. (Added 2-05-17)


Broadside Extra - 25 November 2017

 TSF are organising an additional event, 'Broadside Extra' which will also be held in Sheffield. Steve Roud is organising this day and he says 'each year we have to turn away papers, often on folk-song topics, because we get too many offers. So the TSF is organising a 'Broadside Extra' day focusing specifically on song (folk and popular) in street literature'. This 'one-off' meeting will be held on Saturday 25 November. Steve would like to hear from anyone who would like to offer a 20 minute paper/ presentation should contact Steve Roud(Added 2-05-17)


Booking for meetings

It has been suggested to me that we should consider using Eventbrite for people to book places at TSF meetings. This worked reasonably well for the Lewes meeting and the idea appeals to meeting organisers because it gives them an indication of how many chairs to put out. Please let me know what you think about this idea - for or against. I am thinking of introducing it for the Sheffield meeting. (Added 2-05-17)


TSF Membership Secretary

At the Liverpool meeting it was agreed that we would appoint Shan Graebe as the TSF Membership Secretary. She has now started work and any queries about membership or changes of details should be directed to her - shan, She will be writing to you in the near future. (Added 2-05-17)


TSF in Liverpool 19 November 2016

Notes from the Liverpool meeting can be seen here (Added 2-05-17)


Harry Cox Festival

Brian Gaudet has sent me details of the Harry Cox Festival which will be taking place 12 - 14 August. Sounds like a nice event, following on form the celebration of Sam Larner last year.

A three-day festival to celebrate the music, songs and life of Harry Cox takes place in his native Norfolk next month. An opening concert with festival headliner John Kirkpatrick will be held at the Atrium arts centre, North Walsham, on Friday 12 August. The festival then shifts for Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 to the village of Catfield where Harry lived for most of his married life and was recorded by collectors including Ewan MacColl, Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy. John Kirkpatrick will revive his popular "Victorian Farmer's Year in Song" show in Catfield and other artistes appearing include Gemma Khawaja, GamorrA, Hushwing, Stone Angel and Hollowlands. Other festival events in the village include talks on Harry by Chris Heppa and Chris Holderness, archive film footage of Harry and other Norfolk singers, concerts, singarounds, a traditional Norfolk pub music and step dance session and a jig doll convention. Tickets and more details from or  
(Added 25-7-16)

Whalsay's Heritage of Songs

A wonderful website that has been put together by Peter Cooke. Whalsay is a small island, lying a few miles East of the Shetland mainland and has a distinct culture. There songs from a number of singers with both texts and recordings and photos and details of the singers. A very enjoyable site to browse - go here. (Added 3-4-16)


Song Resources on the Web - fully revised

We issued the first list of Internet resources back in 2002 and it has now been fully checked and reissued - you can see it here. Some sites have disappeared. Some new ones have emerged. Some have improved. Some (including some from organisations that ought to know better) have actually got worse. Have a browse - you will, I hope find something new to delight you.    (Added 14-1-16)


News from The Song Collectors Collective

The SCC are developing a distance learning package (The Song Collectors Pathway) for people who wish to learn about song collecting. Funding has now been secured and they are looking to recruit for two roles - one as Educational Programme Developer and one as Programme Administrator. Details of the project and the job descriptions here.    (Added 14-1-16)


Annual Subscriptions

Annual Subscriptions were due in January and remain at £8 per year (unchanged for several years). If you would like to pay by cheque, then please make it payable to 'Traditional Song Forum' and send it to Doc Rowe at 4, Vesage Court, Leather Lane, London EC1N 7RE.If you would prefer to pay directly into the TSF bank account, please contact the Secretary and you will be sent details of how to do this.  (Added 16-12-15) 



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