English Folk Tunes in Performance Today | Podcast Series | Episode 2

Folk Tunes and Englishness Cover Art by Simon Reid depicting a drawing of a symbolised oak tree with a hare and a squirrel sitting at the bottom of the trunk playing the accordion and the violin respectively.

Cover Art by Simon Reid

In this 3-part series, Dr Alice Little speaks with folk musicians, researchers and music collectors about English folk music in history, in performance today, and what it means for music to be 'English'.

In this series you will hear from Becky Price, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney, Matt Coatsworth, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Alan Lamb, Marie Bashiru, Jeremy Barlow, Nicola Beazley, Stewart Hardy, and Tom Kitching. Each episode includes discussion as well as musical demos and recordings provided by the musicians.

Alice Little is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) at the University of Oxford and the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Episode 2 | English Folk Tunes in Performance Today
Musicians Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron, and Alan Lamb join Dr Alice Little to discuss English folk music in performance today.

From eighteenth-century manuscripts to traditional sea shanties, where do they find their tunes, how do they play them in an 'English' way, and how do audiences respond?


You can read more about Alice Little's Knowledge Exchange project on her TORCH webpage.