Remembering Mick Green

Mick was a happy camper. Once he discovered Folk Camps in the early 70s that was his summer holiday sorted for the next almost 50 years. He, Dil and I arrived at our first camp in (I think) 1971 and Dil and I got out of the car and were immediately sick – it had been a long drive and Mick’s ancient automobile had some sort of petrol-related fault. But it got better after that. The Folk Camp blend of sociability, self-reliance, community, live music and dance, being outdoors and being very regularly fed was a perfect mix for Mick.

Fifty – well, 48 – years is a very long time and the fact that the fundamentals stayed unchanged all that time really suited him too, and he worked hard to keep it that way, campaigning on Council to keep ‘proper’ marquees.

As everyone who knew him knows, if Mick considered a thing worth doing he would do it absolutely whole-heartedly, whether that was singing a song, stripping the willow, peeling a spud or having a loud political disagreement with someone. The countryside settings – some of which he found as official site-finder, though this seemed to take extraordinarily amounts of time and road miles – were also wonderful for Mick, since he could go off walking and bird-watching. (If you’ve ever heard Mick talk about his childhood, he was clearly the most wholesome child ever, dividing his time between the library, woods and fields, train-spotting and fishing, and all with neatly combed hair.)

Everyone will have their own Folk Camp memories of Mick, but I have to admit my favourite is when he fell and dislocated his shoulder – a friend who was out of the marquee at that point asked what all the commotion was told by a small girl, “oh, an old man’s fallen over”. He was probably my age. I’m so glad Mick found Folk Camps, for all the happiness they’ve given him, me and my family, Frances and Esme, and for the life-long friendships renewed each year. I know a marquee this summer will see a special send-off for Mick, and the whole family wants to pass on its thanks for all the lovely messages on the Cold Bogmarsh site.

Mick will be having a celebratory memorial event in the village hall in Bacton, Herefordshire, on Sunday 28th April from 2pm – all are welcome, and all are invited to speak or sing and we might well have some dancing too.

Harriet (Green) Berenger

National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

National Open Youth Orchestra

The National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is a world first, an ambitious orchestra launched in September 2018 to give some of the UK’s most talented young disabled musicians a progression route. It promotes musical excellence, empowering disabled and non-disabled musicians aged 11-25 to train and perform together as members of a pioneering ensemble.
Some of the National Open Youth Orchestra musicians play acoustic instruments; others, electronic instruments like the Clarion, which can be played with the movement of any part of the body including the eyes.
NOYO collaborates with cutting-edge composers to create exciting new music for a diverse range of musicians and instruments. Our first commission, ‘The Umbrella’ by Liam Taylor-West won a British Composer Award in 2018.
Call out for talented musicians (11-25 years old)
Want to take your music to the next level? The deadline to apply to audition for NOYO this year is 31 March, for a September 2019 start. To succeed with NOYO, you’ll need a passion for music, the potential to play an instrument to a high standard, and determination to persevere. If you’re lacking orchestral experience, don’t let that stop you.

passing on our cultural traditions to future generations

Passing on Our Cultural Traditions to Future Generations Saturday 23 March 2019, Tara Theatre, London
A Conference Hosted by the ICOMOS-UK Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee and Supported by Arts Council England Storytelling, performing arts, rituals and festive events, healing systems, crafts, culinary traditions, fishing and gathering practices are just some of the living traditions of the UK’s vast intangible cultural heritage. Questions regarding records and conservation arise: how and why should living heritage be preserved? How can a culturally aware and inclusive framework be created and implemented? The Conference will be a platform to explore how practicing communities, civil society, arts and heritage organisations can help to promote and pass on our customs and cultural traditions to next generations.

Music Mark newsletter – sign up to receive

Folk Camps is a member of Music Mark – who call themselves the UK Association for music education. They issue a monthly newsletter which is email specific and full of links. It is not suitable for putting on the FC website, so anyone who wishes to receive this through our membership, please let me know and I will set up an email circulation list for the newsletter.
There are lots of articles aimed at music teachers in various fields – news, events, symposisa, training opportunities, competitions, resources, vacancies etc, I imagine well worth a look for those in the profession or looking to enter it.

email me at the office if you wish to be added to the list.


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!

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

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