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Last updated on 1 October, 2014

Day-long celebration to mark Bob Copper centenary All-star concert plus talks, films and singarounds will commemorate folk legend

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has joined forces with the Copper family  to host a special day of events next year to commemorate the legendary contribution that Bob Copper made to folk music. In his lifetime Bob was responsible for collecting and recording many folk songs, not only preserving the tunes and lyrics, but ensuring that the style in which they were sung remained true to that of his forefathers. He produced a number of recorded collections and published several books, such as his award winning ‘A Song for Every Season’.
His family continues the legacy lovingly preserved by their father and grandfather by sharing the music, through their songs, recordings and books. 
Ten Thousand Times Adieu, which will be produced by fRoots magazine on January 24 2015 and held at Cecil Sharp House in London, will include film screenings, a singaround and talk from EFDSS President Shirley Collins. This celebration will culminate in a unique two-part evening concert including the re-appearance of some long-lost line-ups and special new collaborations, all performing music connected with Bob himself. All profits for the event will be donated to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML)
2 - 6pm Screenings, sing-around and presentations
Activities will include
·   Screening of Copper Songs and A Song for Every Season
·   Sussex Sing Around
·   Shirley Collins on Bob Copper
7.40pm Concert
Artists include:
The Copper Family
Martin Carthy & Maddy Prior
A trio of Olivia Chaney, Lisa Knapp, Nancy Wallace
The Bootleg YT (Jon Boden, Fay Hield, Neil McSweeney)
Stephanie Hladowski & C Joynes
Jim Causley
Longhill Ramblers
Plus surprise guests and cameos!
Tickets - £30 day ticket | £22 concert
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A call to Arms for Folk
Your chance to take part in a high profile national grass rooots folk community project for free.

If you are involved in singing or folk groups and would enjoy performing Pete Seeger's Where Have All The Flowers Gone during an anti war/peace songs themed evening during October or November email and we can help draw attention to your club as part of our national press and radio campaign to mark the relase of a folk community charity single of the somng which is coming out on November 9th.
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Petition to protect music venues from new UK planning rules. If you feel strongly, please sign and alert any other musical forums.

The cornerstone of the UK music industry is under threat and we need to protect it. Across the country we are seeing music venues being threatened with closure because of changes in planning laws to encourage more residents to move into town centres. This change in policy was intended to address housing shortages; specifically, offices, car parks and disused buildings across the country can be converted into residences. And right next door to those offices and car parks are the UK's music venues. Music venues are now fighting off noise complaints, abatement notices and planning applications; 12 venues are already under threat, an avalanche will follow if we don't take action.

Click here to read more and sign petition.

More Morris, Better Morris conference
A dynamic day of presentations and practical sessions on the delivery of high-quality morris dance workshops, both in school and out

A one-day conference to share effective practice in how to inspire the next generation of morris dancers will be held at Cecil Sharp House in London on Sunday 2 November 2014.
‘More Morris, Better Morris, in schools and beyond’ is being organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) with the Joint Morris Organisations.

Sessions will be across a range of morris and sword dance traditions including Cotswold, Molly, North West and Border morris, as well as rapper and longsword.

Workshop leaders, presenters and speakers will include practitioners from across England who are experienced in teaching morris to young people, including: Damien Barber from the Demon Barber Roadshow and the Lock In Dance Show; Will Hampson and Bryony Griffiths; John Bacon, Ann Bacon and David Johns; Dave Leverton from the National Youth Folklore Troupe of England; Laurel Swift and Benjamin Moss; Sue Bousfield; Gordon Phillips and Nicky Stockman; Liam Robinson; and Kim Woodward. More names will be confirmed early September and will be updated online.
The day will include topics such as:
·      Delivery in primary and secondary education and links to the curriculum
·      Setting up and running groups in out-of-school settings
·      What an inspiring morris dance workshop looks like for children and young people and current best practice in dance education
·      Safe practice – looking after the bodies of young dancers at different stages of their development
·      Kitbag – ideas, information and resources on planning, structuring sessions, writing a CV, insurance and safeguarding issues 

Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, said: “This conference offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about teaching morris dancing to young people, whether you are an experienced morris dancer, a teacher or in a morris side, or just starting out and keen to pass on the morris traditions. EFDSS is delighted to presenting this landmark event in partnership with the Joint Morris Organisations. “The aim of the day is to inspire people, connect them and feed them ideas for the delivery of great morris dancing sessions with young people!”

Conference fee: £20 including refreshments and light lunch 
For more details and to book go to website
Promoted by: EFDSS and the Joint Morris Organisations (The Morris Federation, Open Morris and The Morris Ring). 

Devon Folk Award 2013 presented to Patricia Reid by Anne Gill, chairman of Devon Folk on Saturday 26th July 2014 during the afternoon dance at Teign Playford, Rydon Hall, Kingsteignton.

Patricia received the award in recognition and appreciation of her contribution to Folk in Devon over many years.

Patricia has been very active in promoting folk dancing in Devon, both for young people by working in schools and with Brownies in the Newton Abbot, Exeter and Exmouth areas, and also for adults. For many years Patricia organised both the Devon Playford Weekend held at Halsway Manor, and the Dartington Weekend held at Dartington Hall.
As well as visiting schools, Patricia organised an Education Day of Dance,   Music and Song held in 2002 for 10 to 11 year olds, and she was also instrumental in organising the visit of NYFTE in 2009 to Newton Abbot.  She also worked with children in Teignmouth primary schools teaching folk dancing and organised performances during Teignmouth Folk Festival. 
As Publicity Officer for Devon Folk, Patricia worked tirelessly to bring folk activities to the attention of the general public---through the press and through radio. Patricia also promoted the work of Devon Folk-in particular the Soundbeam appeal.

Devon County Playford Club

Devon County Playford Club has unfortunately now closed. Please see below the original version of an article published in What's Afoot for which there was not enough available space in the magazine to reproduce in full. This article was kindly provided by June Backway.

So it has come.  With dwindling numbers over the last few years, the Devon County Playford Club has now closed.  At an extra-ordinary general meeting on 26th April we formalised arrangements for the closure, after over seventy years.

At our last club meeting on 17th May we made the most of our last gathering, dancing to the special music of Gwyn George.  We were pleased to be joined again by Muriel Langford, one of the earliest members of the club which began in the 1940s.  But although it meant goodbyes for a few, some will still dance at other clubs in the county and at Halsway Manor and elsewhere.

The Minutes of Meetings written in books over the seventy-odd years will not be lost.  They are a record of the club and will go to the Margaret Grant Memorial Library at Halsway Manor for safe-keeping.  Mrs Grant was a founder member of this special club, for which membership was originally by invitation only, therefore it is appropriate that the books are kept there.

On a positive note, English folk music - dance and song - has been re-discovered by different generations.  So perhaps these beautiful dances will someday inspire the revival of a club devoted to them, in Exeter.

June Backway

Cool Folk - Devon's Folk Arts page for the new mag for younger folk lovers in Devon. Know anything cool going on? Share it here.

Cool Folk is the facebook presence for Devon Folk's Cool Folk magazine - a forum of special interest to younger people interest in all aspects of folk in Devon - projects, clubs, dance, music, song, sessions, artists, festivals, downloads etc etc. Its YOUR page - please like us and share cool stuff which is going on in Devon. See article in the Crediton Courier

We are also looking for a VOLUNTEER editor - go to Cool Folk for more information

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Devon Folk AGM 2013
The President of Devon Folk Terry Underhill presented Colin Andrews with a specially commissioned tankard made by Harry Juniper to mark the "100th" publication of the Devon Folk magazine What's Afoot.  Colin was thanked for all his dedication and hard work as Editor.  A Ceildh planned to mark this milestone in October last year had to be cancelled because of bad weather so the presentation was made at the Devon Folk A.G.M. on the 13th April 2013.
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Devon Folk Award 2012
The award was presented to Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of "Wren" on Friday 26 Ocotber by Anne Gill and Terry Underhill

In 1983 Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker created the organisation now known as Wren Music, with the vision of taking the people’s music to the people of Devon.   Since then every year has seen major new projects, which have brought communities, large and small, together and they have touched the lives of tens of thousands of people.

There are a few strands that have run though their work during those years.   Their links with Newfoundland go back to the earliest days of the organisation, but they have now taken their music to many other countries.     Also they have made the collection of Devonshire song collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, a basis for many projects over the years.

Wren  has  grown  and  its  achievements  are  a  team  effort  drawing  on  the  expertise  of several musicians and other staff.   However,  it is the combination of Paul’s musical talent and creativity  combined  with  Marilyn’s  practical  business  skills  and  resilience that  have directed and ensured the success of the organisation, even when the going got tough.
It is those qualities that we recognise today by the presentation of the Devon Folk Award for 2012 to Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker – the visionary founders of Wren Music.