EFDSS vacancy

Notification via the Folk Educators group at EFDSS:

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is looking to appoint a trainee to work with the folk dance tutor in our weekly English social folk dance class.

The traineeship is part of EFDSS’ on-going commitment to develop good practice and skills in English social folk dance. We are looking for an aspiring folk dance tutor / caller who wishes to develop their teaching and calling skills, increase their knowledge of dances and their historical context, and who would benefit from assisting a professional tutor.

Visit for further information and to apply.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 22 October 2018.
Interviews will be held at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 8 November 2018.

EFDSS Folk Educators News

Please save the date!

The 2019 Folk Education Development Day

will be on Saturday 9 February at Cecil Sharp House, London. The focus will be on Caller Training –

(more details will be forwarded in due course through Folk Camps representative on the Folk Educators group).

Also Baring Gould Folk Song School:

We are sorry to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that JAMES FINDLAY will be joining us as guest tutor at this year’s Baring-Gould Song School.

Spaces still available, please see below for more details of what to expect:

Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire.

Held at Wren Music’s headquarters Ebenezer Hall, a converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. You can find accommodation to fit most pockets, with hotels and guest houses, and YHA, and there are spaces for camping/camper vans at the Youth Hostel.

The Wren team is led by co-founders Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia.

Each day, tuition is done in a range of settings from large group work, to one-to-one surgeries with the tutors, and many additional small group sessions are developed as the week goes on.

Topics include: finding your strong voice, pitching, building your repertoire, understanding traditional songs and singers, accompaniments, overcoming nerves and so on . . .

The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support.

Price: £300:

Plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26th to 28th October)

For more details contact:    Marilyn Tucker, Artistic Director

Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR     Tel: 01837 53754

EFDSS Artistic Director opportunity with National Youth Folk Ensemble

EFDSS Folk Educators group message (via Mick Davis)

We are now on the lookout for the next Artistic Director for the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

This is a freelance role for an exceptional folk music performer and educator to lead on the artistic vision of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. With a strong knowledge of English folk and traditional music and excellent facilitation and leadership skills, the Artistic Director will inspire and nurture the young musicians, helping them to explore their creativity and develop their performance, arrangement and leadership skills.

Established in 2016 the Ensemble has achieved many successes with inaugural Artistic Director Sam Sweeney at the helm. Now Sam’s term is coming to an end, it’s time for a new musician to bring their ideas to the programme and take up the exciting opportunity to lead the 2019-20 Ensemble.

The Artistic Director will be responsible for delivering high quality learning experiences for National Youth Folk Ensemble members; devising content for Sampler Days and residential courses across England; advising on music leaders; and collaborating with the young musicians and music leaders to create and arrange repertoire for the Ensemble to perform.

Visit to find out more and apply.

Applicants should complete the EFDSS application form and equal opportunities monitoring form. CVs will not be accepted.

Completed applications should be emailed to for the attention of Rosie Baker.

Closing date for completed applications is Monday 8 October at 9am.

Interviews and music leading auditions will be held on Sunday 4 November in London.

50th birthday celebration weekend or day bookings available

Our 50th birthday party celebrations are all planned for the afternoon and evening of the August Bank Holiday weekend camp at Fowlmere, featuring a hot buffet dinner and ceilidh with the Folk Camps Party Band.  If you can’t come for the whole weekend, day tickets are also available.

They can be booked through the Programme page on the website or directly here.

Hope to see you there for the whole weekend or just for Sunday

Folk Camps Party Band at Chippenham

This is the video of the Party Band set and dancing at Chippenham Folk Festival. Their performance has lead to further interest in booking the band for more festivals soon.

Tell your friends!  The Party Band is available for gigs at a Festival near you and will also be performing at the August Bank Holiday camp at Fowlmere.

Jenny / Andy and the Party Band,  Sarah and Council

Music for Meonstoke

Zip files for music workshop and evening band music have been uploaded to the camp page on the website just in time to practice some tunes!

Music Mark membership

Folk Camps has signed up to be a Corporate Member of Music Mark which represents organisations from the Music education sector, connecting and campaigning for this area.

There is an email newsletter advertising training, events and an annual conference.  Folk Camps is planning to participate in the conference, and will be submitting material for the newsletter.  If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, or have suggestions for our input to Music Mark, please email the office with the subject “Music Mark newsletter”.