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An independent site about English folk music
with an emphasis on the performers of
traditional and instrumental music.

This site features many major performers of English folk music
with original photographs, video and sound clips, album reviews, and links.

Click here for brief introduction to this site

Fairport Convention 207
Fairport Convention in Edinburgh, 2010.
by The Queen's Hall, on Flickr.


This site is in 3 main parts

(see also the search facility below)

Part 1:


Please select from the following links:

Fairport Convention
(up to 1980).

Dave Swarbrick

Steeleye Span

Ashley Hutchings and the Albion Band
- also includes Morris On and its descendants.

The Old Swan Band and related musicians
- includes The English Country Dance Band, Token Women, Rod Stradling, Jo Freya.

The Old Swan Band

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band

Other Major Performers of English Folk Music

3 Daft Monkeys. Three Daft Monkeys.
New album "The Antiquated and the Arcane" was released 1st November 2010!


Part 2:

Morris Dancing

Original pictures and descriptions of morris sides. Links.

Chiltern Hundreds

Chiltern Hundreds band. Picture taken at Wimborne Festival, 2005.

video clip

Three different video clips available of this performance.
See their entry on the morris pages of this site.

Part 3:

Folk in the South

Romsey Beggars Fair, 2010.

Folk festivals in the South and South West and links to other related sites.
Photos, sound clips and videos of local performers.

Search This Site

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Suggested searches: Performers, bands and their members, albums, album tracks, morris sides, folk festivals in the South.

Search for traditional tunes

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Throughout these pages these icons indicate links to pictures or sound. When they appear, click the icon.


Pictures. Mostly original photographs by the author of this site. Please enquire if you wish to use copies of these, or if you require a large, high quality version.

sound clip

Sound clip. Indicates a short MP3 sound clip. Typical playing times are 1 minute. Note that these are all original recordings by the author and traditional compositions, hence do not break any copyright. The sound quality does not represent that on artists' own C.Ds.

General MIDI file. Small file sizes hence quick download.


Video clips illustrating all the main parts of this site have been added to external media hosting sites. There are now 25 video clips organized to be seen in context of the relevant pages of this site.
Broadband and Flash player are needed for most videos, but there are a few tiny videos available for immediate viewing without special software, and available to those visitors, worldwide, with a dial-up or other slow internet connection.

video clip

This icon indicates that one or more video clips are available
When this icon appears, follow the link indicated.

Media on this site is prepared by Media Mania


The Fringe of English-Music.co.uk

Mike Oldfield

This part of the site includes various things not specifically traditional English folk music, such as things which are:

  • maybe not traditional,
  • maybe not folk,
  • maybe not English,
  • maybe not instrumental,
  • and even... maybe not music!

This zone does contain information on more English music, more instrumental music, and more traditional music!

Links to other sites on traditional English folk music.


EFDSS  The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Folk and Roots  The online guide to the Folk, Roots and Acoustic Scene around the UK, providing information on events, festivals, workshops, venues, reviews and artists.
Includes a festival list of the UK, organized in order of date throughout the year.

Music Traditions An online magazine web site by Rod Stradling.

fRoots  The web site for fRoots, a printed magazine.

Webfeet An excellent site for folk dance. Many links.

Halsway Manor  National centre for traditional folk music.

The Living Tradition  Folk music of the British Isles.

Traditionalmusic.co.uk A huge collection of folk tunes of the British Isles and America in the form of MIDI files which can be listened to immediately, together with sheet music. Links.

English Folk and Traditional Music by Martin Nail. Loads of information and many links.

English Ceilidh

English Ceilidh News and discussion list.


Links to other sites featuring major performers:

Folk Icons - The official home pages of many English folk artists.

The Bee's Knees - "A music information archive" featuring many English folk artists.

Record companies

A selection of record companies who specialize in English folk music.

Topic Records.A long established company from the days of vinyl and still going strong.

Saydisc. A record label who produce specialist music far from the commercial.

Park Records. The label of Maddy Prior, Steeleye Span and others.

Veteran. Specialise in English folk music including historic early recordings. Also supply CDs from other labels.

Free Reed Records and Music. Free Reed is the label of the Old Swan Band's early work.

Talking Elephant (formerly HTD). They have a range of material from Fairport Convention, Ashley Hutchings and related artists.

Chudleigh Roots. Phil Beer's record label.

Wild Goose Studios.



Blurb Music PR


Links to other sites by the same author:



A site about folk music from the musician's point of view with an emphasis on traditional instrumental dance music.
Sources of traditional tunes, the playing of instruments and some aspects of music theory.

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The English Music title text and flag logo are copyright S. J. Farthing, 2002. The author acknowledges that some other images on this site are the copyright of others and will remove them if requested by the copyright owner.