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At the heart of English folk

Creative Artists Residences 2013/14

Creative Artists Residencies form part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society's (EFDSS) Aspire Programme, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, to provide artistic support and professional development to emerging artists.

Bursary Holders

Sam Sweeney

Sam Sweeney

Sam embarked on a storytelling project to create a show that follows the history of his fiddle. Carved in the First World War and finished in 2009, the fiddle’s story will be told by Hugh Lupton, with music by Sam, Rob Harbron and Paul Sartin.
Find out more about Sam

Ben Nicholls

Ben Nichols

Ben researched the music and cultural fallout of the British South Seas whaling voyages of the early 19th century as ships left from London Docklands, round Cape Horn and into the Pacific, and developing new music.
Find out more about Ben

Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani

Kerry Fletcher

Kerry and Natasha worked on Folk Dance Remix, a project that explores the boundaries of, and brings together, traditional folk dance and music with contemporary styles to create a full performance piece.
Find out more about Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker 

Josienne & Ben

Josienne and Ben researched English song back as far as the 16th century, including the works of Dowland and Byrd through to Vaughan Williams. They created new arrangements of selected pieces for voice and guitar.
Find out more about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker


The Full English

The Full English

Unlocking hidden treasure of England’s cultural heritage. The Full English is the world’s largest free digital archive English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs. Containing more than 58,400 items from 12 of the country’s most important early 20th century folk music collections, you can delve into wherever you are in the world.


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