Chance to study musical heritage

Folk song collector Percy Grainger with some of his singers - George Orton, Joseph Leaning, Joseph Taylor and George Wray.
Folk song collector Percy Grainger with some of his singers - George Orton, Joseph Leaning, Joseph Taylor and George Wray.
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A folk song study day will be held in Lincoln on Saturday, September 7, as part of a national campaign to reconnect with our English musical heritage.

The city’s Drill Hall is one of only ten venues to be chosen to host one of the series of day-schools to promote the lottery-funded ‘Full English’ website, which is making rare and previously inaccessible archive material available to the general public online.

A huge collection of songs, words and music, together with a mass of correspondence has been made available through the project.

Most of the songs, mainly collected in the early years of the last century, have never been published. Amongst them are the dozens of songs collected by Percy Grainger, the famous Australian composer and pianist, in the Brigg area between 1905 and 1908.

Leading the study-day at the Drill Hall will be Steve Roud, creator of the internationally-renowned Folk Song Index.

He is also the co-author of the recently-published New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, as well as several major works on English folkways and customs.

There will be the chance to hear rare recordings, view archive film footage and find out much more about the online treasure house that is the Full English Project.

Assisting him will be Ruairidh Greig, who lives in the County and has spent many years researching its own musical traditions.

The folk study day runs from 9.30am to 5pm and costs £10.

For details on how to book a place, visit www.lincolndrillhall.com/events/Folk%20Study%20Day