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At the heart of English folk

Get Your Folk On! 2012

Folk music for young people

“I liked that it was all about folk music for young people because there is nothing else like that anywhere.” Participant


In 2012 we presented Get Your Folk On!, a London-based one-year programme introducing young people aged 11 – 18 to folk music which was funded by Youth Music.

Building on pilot projects in 2011, Get Your Folk On! comprised three week-long holiday courses at Cecil Sharp House, taster sessions in local schools and with Camden Music Service, and professional development workshops and training for folk music educators. We were delighted the project was a great success, creating a new community of young folk musicians in London and reaching 632 participants altogether!


“Much of our offer as a music service has a pre-defined outcome. Get Your Folk On! turned this on its head and offered a very new way of working for some of our instrumentalists. Traditional material, introduced by ear, was manipulated, developed and arranged by the whole groups, under the expert guidance of the EFDSS tutors.” Sheena Masson, Camden Music Service


Holiday courses

Each holiday course welcomed around 30 participants of all levels of musical experience to a week’s immersion in folk music from the British Isles and beyond. Participants played in small ensemble groups, duos and trios and a big folk band, as well as choosing optional sessions in song, clog dance, banjo, ukulele, melodeon and song-and tune-writing.

Each course culminated in an informal concert in Kennedy Hall, attended by friends and family, and special guests, including renowned folk musician, EFDSS Vice President Eliza Carthy, and Cllr Heather Johnson, Mayor of Camden.


“My son was completely inspired and motivated by the week. He cannot stop playing the guitar and singing, something unknown before.” Participant’s parent



Team Leader: Laurel Swift
Tutors: Hazel Askew, David Delarre, Deborah Chalmers, Ed Hicks, Sarah-Jane Miller, Esbjörn Wettermark
Trainees: Nick Hart and Laura Hewison
Volunteers: Molly Evans, David Hobbs, Nancy Potts, Tom Redman

Watch a short film featuring musical highlights from Get Your Folk On! in 2012  

Watch a short documentary with young people explaining why they enjoyed Get Your Folk On! so much and what they learnt by taking part!


Discover more

Looking to find out more about our courses for young people at Cecil Sharp House?
Visit our Get Your Folk On! page to find out more


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