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At the heart of English folk

Get Your Folk On!

"I've learnt loads of tunes but also different dances and stuff I'd never tried before." Participant


Who is it for?

Get Your Folk On! is for young people aged 12-19 years with varied levels of musical and dance experience. No previous experience of folk is needed – although we’re always happy to meet folk enthusiasts! Players of all instruments welcome.


What can I learn?

This popular course is now available to both dancers and musicians! Explore traditional folk music, song and dance from Britain and beyond. Choose your sessions, with options to try new skills and instruments, learn and arrange tunes, songs or dances and much more. 

The course ends with an informal sharing for family and friends. No previous experience of folk dance or music required.

Achieve your Bronze level Arts Award during this course for an additional fee.

This year we are focusing on the archives of American folk song collector, James Madison Carpenter.  Currently being digitally archived to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, his collection contains a wealth of ballads, tunes and other material collected from across UK. We'll be creating our own new and exciting works based on his source recordings and manuscripts, and learning more about his life.


When and where does it take place?

Get Your Folk On! Summer School

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Cecil Sharp House

Fee: £150 | £100 concessions 

Please note that this is a week long course which runs daily (Monday-Friday)10.30am – 4.30pm.

For any queries, please call 020 7241 8953. 

Book now

After booking your place you will receive an email with confirmation of your booking and a link to a google form. This form will contain important questions about your booking to help us plan our courses effectively. 

Discover more

Find out more about Get Your Folk On! by watching our film showing highlights of previous courses.



What’s next?

Looking for folk music opportunities for children aged 9-12 years? Find out about Get Your Folk On! Juniors!