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At the heart of English folk

English Folk Expo

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is a founding partner of the English Folk Expo (EFEx), the most important showcase event to sell English folk music to a national and international delegation of buyers.

The project is managed by Playpen Management, and the event partners with the Homegrown Festival programmed and managed by The Met Bury, a new festival to celebrate English folk music talent from the new and emerging to the well-established.

The event is funded by Arts Council England with support from EFDSS and The Met.

EFEx takes place over the third weekend of October in Bury, with the event offering opportunities to see live performances by showcasing artists.

Delegates from the UK and abroad can expect to see a host of established and up-and-coming, professional, export-ready artists throughout the weekend performing both at Homegrown and at private showcases and receptions exclusive to English Folk Expo delegates.

The programme will include:

  • a delegates trip to familiarise delegates with the area, including acoustic showcase performances
  • access to all performances at Homegrown – see details on the festival programme available to date
  • private showcases additional to the festival programme and not available to the public
  • private networking receptions


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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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