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At the heart of English folk

Folk Music Journal

Folk Music Journal (FMJ) is a unique specialist scholarly journal. Published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), it has a close association with the Society's Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML).


What you can expect

The Journal features papers devoted to folk music, folk dance, and folk song, which in practice are interpreted in their broadest sense. Contributions come from a variety of subjects and disciplines ranging from ethnomusicology, dance ethnology, and social anthropology, through folkloristics, social and oral history, the history of street literature and ballad studies, to the study of contemporary performance. Various approaches are adopted, including theoretical, empirical and fieldwork-based studies, which may be local, regional, national or international in scope. Essentially, the Journal is concerned with 'lived' as opposed to 'processed' popular culture, with the focus on the British Isles and the English-speaking world.

The Journal combines erudition and accessibility in a manner that is intelligible to non-specialists and academics. The reviews section provides an invaluable source of information on the latest studies and collections that have been published. Recent audio and video materials and electronic resources which document music and dance traditions also receive informed reviews.



Since its inception in 1899 as the Journal of the Folk-Song Society, the Journal has had a long and auspicious history. From 1932 onwards, it incorporated dance within its brief as the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and assumed its current title in 1965. Many eminent scholars have been associated with the Journal. These include Lucy Broadwood, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Frank Kidson, Percy Grainger, Lady Gomme, Cecil Sharp, Frank Howes, Anne Geddes Gilchrist, Patrick Shuldham-Shaw, Maud Karpeles, Margaret Dean-Smith, Douglas Kennedy, A.L. Lloyd, and more recently, Mike Yates, David Buchan, Roy Palmer, and Keith Chandler.

Before its amalgamation with the Folk-Song Society in 1931, the English Folk Dance Society also had a distinguished publishing programme. Its journal was published in two series, the first as EFDS' Journal in 1914-1915, the second as Journal of the English Folk Dance Society from 1927 until the merger.


How can you get your hands on a copy?

FMJ is special benefit for EFDSS members, published annually in December.
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Subscription offer

You can subscribe to FMJ each year for £7.50 (£6.00 to members for back issues and extra copies) plus £3.00 for UK postage and packaging UK.

For libraries and institutions, or for individuals outside the UK, please contact us for a quote.

For more information or to place an order contact Julia on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)20 7241 8955. Your first issue will arrive in six to eight weeks.

All profits from EFDSS membership and FMJ subscriptions support the organisation.


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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