TITLE

The merging of the Folk-Song Society and the English Folk Dance Society: Amalgamation or takeover?

AUTHOR(S)
Knevett, Arthur
PUB. DATE
January 2016
SOURCE
Folk Music Journal;2016, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 1932 the Folk-Song Society (FSS) and the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS) amalgamated to become the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The idea for an all-embracing folk society was an ambition harboured by Cecil Sharp and was first publicly mooted in 1919. Following the death of Sharp in 1924, the establishment of a Memorial Fund to commemorate his work provided the ideal opportunity for his disciples and supporters in the EFDS to pursue the founding of such a society. This article will show how, eventually , the leaders of the EFDS were able to realize Sharp's ambition and bring about the amalgamation of the two societies, and will show how eventually this led to what can be described as a 'takeover' of the FSS and the sidelining of the major folk song collectors who helped found that society.
ACCESSION #
111329673

 

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