Recorder Tunes Published

Folk Camps has published a new free PDF book for download: Folk Tunes for Recorders. This contains multi-part arrangements of traditional music for descant, treble and tenor recorders. These have been painstakingly digitised from handwritten scores by Geoffrey Ginn, who was a school teacher in the 1960s and 70s and wrote the arrangements for his primary school-aged pupils. He took this music along to Folk Camps with his family, and often found other people to make music with. Now the music is available for download, print or performance for use by anyone who wishes to perform the music for their own pleasure, for educational purposes or for a charitable or non-commercial nature. There are PDF scores, midi and MP3 files all available for your use.

2019 season open for booking

The 2019 season has been opened for bookings, please follow the links from the programme page here.

2019 paper booking form now available here.

Excellent season this year, so book soon to get the camp of your choice!

Inset training opportunity for music teachers from EFDSS

Using folk music in the classroom: INSET training at CSH


EFDSS are delighted to be a cultural partner for A.N.D’s creative INSET programme 2018/19, delivering this jam-packed training day at CSH on 14 June, 2019. It’s free, for primary, secondary and SEN/D teachers across London, and full of creative resources and ideas for using folk music and song in your classroom.

We hope you can join us!


Folk Music degree offered at Leeds College of Music

Hello, I am writing to let you know more about our BA (Hons) Folk Music degree at Leeds College of Music, a state-of-the-art conservatoire. You can find out all about the course on our website and by watching our course film below.

I would also like to invite you to our Folk Showcases which are on: · Wednesday 28th November 6-7pm · Wednesday 6th March 2019, 6-7pm Both events will be followed by a session including staff and student performers. Please do pass on this invite and email to anyone in your networks who may find it of interest. If you have any questions about Leeds College of Music, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Kind Regards, Rachael Sutcliffe Programme Leader, Folk Leeds College of Music  follow link here to watch: Folk Video

Find out more at our Open Day on 5th January Book your place Leeds College of Music 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, UK, LS2 7PD 0113 222 3400

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

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 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”.