Cecil Sharp’s folk song collecting began in Somerset. His first encounter with singer John England of Hambridge, was the beginning of an astonishing folk song collecting journey that would take him to the villages, towns, roadsides and moorlands of the west and ultimately to the Appalachian mountains of the USA.
Academic researcher and singer Yvette Staelens tells the story of Sharp’s adventures through songs, family stories, Sharp’s research notes and, most importantly, the amazing photographs that he took of his singers and their world. This presentation includes plenty of songs for sharing and is a celebration of the remarkable people who gave Sharp so many of the songs we that cherish and sing today! Suitable for all ages. Come and discover if you have a singing ancestor from Somerset!
Somerset Folk Maps will be available FREE