A history of English folk tunes

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Dr Alice Little has launched the first episode in her new podcast series ‘Folk Tunes and Englishness‘. In this episode, Dr Alice Little speaks with folk musicians and music collectors Jeremy Barlow, Matt Coatsworth, and Becky Price about the history of English folk music, and what makes it so ‘English’. From seventeenth-century Playford to twenty-first century Boldwood, the speakers look primarily at instrumental music and discuss the migration of tunes around the world, how they are played, their use in dance, varying instrumentation and the restrictions that brings, and how tune titles relate to each other.

In this 3-part podcast series, Dr Alice Little speaks with folk musicians, researchers and music collectors about English folk music in history, in performance today, and what it means for music to be ‘English’. The series from Becky Price, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney, Matt Coatsworth, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcouhn, Alan Lamb, Marie Bashiru, Jeremy Barlow, Nicola Beazley, Stewart Hardy, and Tom Kitching. Each episode includes discussion as well as musical demos and recordings provided by the musicians.

Dr Alice Little is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with the University of Oxford and the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The latest episode is now available on Anchor by Spotify.