Seth Lakeman and Martin Simpson to tour Full English

The Full English ProjectSeth Lakeman and Martin Simpson are among the musicians heading out on tour to promote The Full English, a new online folk archive.

The likes of Fay Hield, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron will also feature on a bill which heads out on the road in October.

The tour has been announced to coincide with the launch of The Full English in June. This new website will bring together 11 collections of traditional folk and dance music to create the largest digital archive thought to be in existence.

Folk singer Fay Hield was commissioned to lead the project by The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with support from the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts and PRS for Music Foundation.

Seth Lakeman said: ‘I have always been interested in folk stories, songs and tunes so the plan by EFDSS to make a lot of their archives available via the internet is something I want to support.

‘So I’m excited that I’ve been asked to be part of this special project celebrating this work and I’m looking forward to working with this great bunch of musicians.’

The Full English archive will be premiered on 20 June at Cecil Sharp House in London

The full list of tour dates is below:

19 October – The Met, Bury
24 October – Sage, Gateshead
25 October – The Atkinson, Southport
26 October – Darwin Suite, Derby
27 October – Colston Hall, Bristol
28 October – Arts Centre, Colchester
29 October – Firth Hall, Sheffield
30 October – The Stables, Milton Keynes
31 October – Cecil Sharp House, London
01 November – MAC, Birmingham
02 November – Drill Hall, Lincoln