In July 2014, the EFDSS (The English Folk Dance and Song Society) brought together two of the United States’ and England’s foremost musical tradition bearers, to explore the journey of our shared folk music, and the changes between our musical traditions.
Martin Simpson (one of the finest acoustic finger-style and slide guitar players in the world) and American guitar and banjo player Dom Flemons (from the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) met at Cecil Sharp House for a short three-day exploratory creative residency to research, and then perform, brand new collaborative material rooted in English and American folk traditions.
This exciting commission saw both artists researching and exploring how folk songs travelled from England to North America and vice versa, changing shape as they journeyed. They delved into archive collections in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House – including Cecil Sharp’s landmark folk music fieldwork notebooks and diaries from his collecting trips in the Appalachian Mountains and really enjoyed working with each other as they discovered a common ground and new areas.
Their first tour last year was a huge success, culminating in a highlighted performance at WOMAD, where the crowd loved them and they really hoped to be able to tour together again in the future - and now they are! You can get details of all their October UK dates in the Concert/Gigs section of this website. Please contact the venues direct for tickets and individual gig information.