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.
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.
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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.
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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 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
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