Folk song study day at Lincoln Drill Hall

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Lincoln has been selected to stage a prestigious event as part of a national campaign to re-connect us with our English musical heritage.

Supported by a Lottery Grant, a huge collection of songs, words and music and a mass of correspondence has been made available on the internet through the Full English Project.

Most of the songs, mainly collected in the early years of the last century, have never been published.

Among them are dozens collected by Percy Grainger, the famous Australian composer and pianist, in North Lincolnshire between 1905 and 1908.

Leading the study-day at the Drill Hall in Lincoln will be Steve Roud.

Creator of the internationally-renowned Folk Song Index, Steve is co-author of the recently-published New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs as well as several major works on English folkways and customs.

There will be the chance to hear rare recordings, view archive film footage and find out more about the Full English Project.

Assisting him will be Ruairidh Greig, who lives in the county and has spent many years researching its own musical traditions.

The event is £10 including tea and coffee. Visit www.lincolndrillhall.com for more.