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'This Site is dedicated to two English music sessions that run on alternate weeks in Bath and Bradford on Avon. On this site we want to tell you about the sessions and what to expect at them. We also want to tell you about the music we play and provide resources for people who want to know more ... It’s amazing how little the English know about their own music and dance. We have a rich tradition of music and song that’s the equal of anywhere else in Europe, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to the English media! Catch the Irish or the Scots doing that!'

 

'The Fishpond Choir, with its eclectic repertoire of world music, is unique. The choir started up in the Fishpond pub in 2001 as a mixed, open access community choir. Nobody knows if it was the country’s first pub choir but founder members like to think so ... The choir, which is about fifty strong, sings a wide selection of material which includes folk music from around the world, light classical pieces and items specially written or arranged ... However, its first love is African music - mostly from the south of the continent. Choir members work very hard ... to produce as authentic a sound as possible.'

 

‘Formed in 1975, The Houghton Weavers made their television debut in the BBC's talent show "We'll Call You". So successful were they that, within a couple of months they were given their own show "Sit Thi Deawn" which continued for six series over seven years and had the highest viewing figures for any regional T.V. programme ... The Houghton Weavers guarantee a wonderful evening of song and humour. Their experience in the business together with their style and professionalism ensures that, as their motto says, they will always "KEEP FOLK SMILING".’

 

'An Oxford-based group of four musicians who pride themselves in having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in village halls, churches, arts centres and festivals across the UK. The fact that the band "just OOZES quality" (Living Tradition) is down to the careful arrangements and selection of tunes and songs, presenting “exquisite music” (BBC). The material is a combination of traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English music and their own contemporary songs and tunes, still very much "in the idiom".'

 

‘An award winning female folk trio from leafy Hertfordshire, singing traditional songs about love, loss, death, soldiers and sailors.’

 

'A unique group of singers who perform original music, largely composed and arranged by the Choir’s co-founders, Vicki Clemerson and Alan Barnard (hence the name V & A). We are based in Derbyshire and our members come from across that county and from Staffordshire. Our songs address a wide range of subjects – from an ill-fated County Durham lifeboat to the challenges of Climate Change.'

 

 

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