Fay Hield to compose new folk work from online archive

Fay Hield will compose and perform new works to mark the launch of the world’s biggest online collection of folk and dance.

The PRS for Music Foundation-funded project will see Fay create new work, arrangements and a full concert performance piece from The Full English, a collection of works compiled by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).

According to the EFDSS, the portal will bring together ten musical archives to make the most comprehensive free searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in existence.

The online database will be launched in June 2013 and be launched by a performance Fay Hield & The Big Hurricane Party at Cecil Sharp House in London.

Fay said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a mountain of material previously out of grasp. Seeing the handwritten notes made by collectors in the field really makes these manuscripts come alive and that is what we will try to communicate through the show.

‘Archives can be dusty old places, but this music is full of life and needs to be out there.  Supporting EFDSS’ tremendous efforts to get all this material online, we want to let people know what they’ve got access to.’

The Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Folk Music Fund, alongside the PRS for Music Foundation, are funding the project which also includes a nationwide learning and participation programme.


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