A History of English Folk Tunes | Podcast Series | Episode 1


Folk Tunes and Englishness Cover Art by Simon Reid depicting a drawing of a symbolised oak tree with a hare and a squirrel sitting at the bottom of the trunk playing the accordion and the violin respectively.

Cover Art by Simon Reid

In this 3-part 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'.

In this series you will hear from Becky Price, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney, Matt Coatsworth, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, 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.

Alice Little is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow with TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) at the University of Oxford and EDSS (the English Folk Dance and Song Society).


Episode 1 | A History of English Folk Tunes

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.


You can read more about Alice Little's Knowledge Exchange project on her TORCH webpage.