Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs: History and Transmission

The English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Elphinstone Institute are organising a ground-breaking conference on Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs: History and Transmission. It will be held at Cecil Sharp House, London, on Friday, 6 October – Saturday, 7 October 2017, 9am–5pm.

Researchers have long been fascinated by the recurrence of tunes in all manner of musical styles and genres, performance contexts, levels of society, historical periods, and geographical locations. But how are we to understand this phenomenon? This two-day conference brings together those researching into ‘traditional’ and ‘popular’ tunes, their history and variation in performance, composition, musical perception, and memory.

The organisers have been delighted by the fantastic response to the call for papers. The result is a vibrant programme covering topics such as

  • Tunebooks
  • Composers, arrangers and collectors
  • Song tune histories
  • Texts, tunes and meaning
  • Dance tunes, and much more

Download the provisional programme (please note that this may be subject to changes)

For further information about conference fees, and to book your place, please visit the Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs conference website at the EFDSS.

Please note: The conference fee includes the cost of refreshments but not lunch. Lunch will be available to purchase each day from the Cecil Sharp House café. Participants are also welcome to bring their own lunch or go out to one of the local cafes or bars instead.

Anyone for a tune up?

We are hoping to arrange a singaround and tune up a local pub during the evening of Friday, 6 October, to which conference participants are cordially invited.

The organisers look forward to welcoming you to the event. Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please do get in touch with Julia Bishop and Laura Smyth.

Picture Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org A blind fiddler plays to a family audience. Coloured engraving by J. Burnet after D. Wilkie, 1806. 1806: By: David Wilkie after: John Burnet Published: 6 January 1877

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