TSF – Online meetings using Zoom

Due to the current situation, we are going to be holding online meetings of the Traditional Song Forum, using Zoom. A document outlining the way in which we will be using the system can be found using the link below.

TSF – Online meetings using Zoom


TSF – Online meeting, 17 May 2020

The second online meeting of the Traditional Song Forum will take place on 31 May at 16:00 BST (GMT +1), and last for about 90 minutes. We will, again, be using the Zoom platform.

The main presentation will be given by the young American researcher, Nora Rodes, who will be talking about the song collector Helen Hartness Flanders and her work to promote and educate through a series of lecture-recitals featuring New England singers and their songs.
The second part of the meeting will be ’TSF Question Time’, moderated by Steve Roud. A panel of traditional song specialists from different fields, including Sue Allan, David Atkinson, Julia Bishop, Vic Gammon, Sandra Kerr, and John Moulden, will try to answer  questions from the audience about aspects of traditional song that are puzzling them.
The event is open to anyone, anywhere. For further details and to book your place go to Eventbrite, using this link.
(Posted 19 May 2020)


Call for Contributions

Since we are moving towards a pattern of shorter online meetings held more frequently there are a number of opportunities for presentations on topics related to traditional song. These may be brief talks on a particular song or topic, or they may be conference length papers. 

If you have something that you would like to talk about at one of our meetings then please contact Steve Roud – steveroud@gmail.com.


TSF – Online meeting, 17 May 2020

Preparations for the first, trial meeting at 16:00 on Sunday 17 May are now nearing completion and we already have nearly 50 people confirmed as attending.

A reminder of the programme for the meeting, which will consist of four 10 minute presentations, as follows:

Bruce Lindsay – ‘Two Bold Singermen – chasing the mysteries of Harry Cox and Sam Larner’. Bruce talks about his forthcoming biography of these two great Norfolk singers”.

Gwilym Davies – ‘Mouth music for English and Welsh step dancing’.

David Sutcliffe – On Cecil Sharp’s singers, and his online database devoted to them.

Martin Graebe – A Habit of Singing – the songs my father sang.

There will be opportunities to ask questions and to discussion after the papers.

Steve Roud will be in the Chair and Martin Graebe will be acting as meeting host.

Because of the number of people who will be joining the meeting, we will be muting the microphones of all participants for most of the time. If, during the questions session, you wish to ask or say something then you will need to raise your virtual hand to catch the attention of the Chairman. There may be time for informal chat at the end of the meeting.

To keep the meeting running smoothly, we will try not to get bogged down with individuals’ technical problems. To offer a little help in that direction John Baxter has kindly volunteered to keep an eye on the ‘chat’ box during the meeting and, you can post a problem there and he may be able to help you.

If you haven’t already done so, please read the document at the head of this page which that explains some important points about how we will be operating the meeting and on using Zoom. 

We will be having an informal familiarisation meeting at 16:00 on Wednesday 13 May.  Those registered to participate can drop in at any time between 16:00 – 17:00 to try out your system and ask any questions you need to – and I’ll try to answer them.

Invitations for both meetings will, for security reasons (see the meeting information sheet) be issued by e-mail an hour or so before the start time.

There is still space for more participants for both meetings – if you wish to attend send a message to me at tsf.zoom@gmail.com.


(Posted 12 May 2020)