The Ballad Partners


'Jinny the Witch' and other Song Folk

Edited by Steve Roud and David Atkinson

ISBN 978-1-9161424-8-0


The fourth in our series of new papers on aspects of traditional song research, published in association with the Traditional Song Forum. 


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Cecil Sharp and the Quest for Folk Song and Dance: a New Biography By David Sutcliffe

Pbk.  497pp.  ISBN 978-1-9161424-7-3

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Cecil Sharp (1859-1924) was the leading collector of folk song and dance in England in the Edwardian period, a major figure in the English Music Renaissance movement of the time, and a key architect of the folk revivals of the following century. His strenuous advocacy of traditional art forms made a real difference to the cultural life of Britain. This is the first biography for over 50 years and offers a far more authoritative and detailed account of his life and times than has been available before.



Vaughan Williams and Folk

150th Anniversary Essays

Edited by Steve Roud and David Atkinson

ISBN 978-1-9161424-6-6

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A selection of essays celebrating Ralph Vaughan Williams’ lifelong involvement with British folk song and music, as collector, editor, arranger, and composer. Many of them were first presented at the EFDSS’ conference 2022.

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Thirsty Work

And Other Legacies of Folk Song

Edited by Steve Roud and David Atkinson

ISBN: 978-1-9161424-5-9

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The third in a series of collections of folk song studies, the previous two being The Proceedings of the English Folk Dance and Song Society Song Conference 2013 (CAMSCO, 2015), and Old Songs, New Discoveries: Selected Papers from the 2018 Folk Song Conference (The Ballad Partners, 2019). This volume includes revised versions of papers that were initially presented online under the auspices of the Traditional Song Forum.

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A Notorious Chaunter in B Flat

And Other Characters in Street Literature

Edited by David Atkinson and Steve Roud

ISBN: 978-1-9161424-4-2

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The third volume of selected papers drawing on research gathered and presented at The Broadside Day.

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The Forgotten Songs of the Upper Thames

Folk Songs from the Alfred Williams Collection

Edited by Martin Graebe

ISBN: 978-1-9161424-3-5

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Between 1914 and 1916 Alfred Williams cycled 13,000 miles around the Upper Thames Valley to collect the words of nearly 800 songs. More than 400 of them were published in the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard at the time, and of those about half were published in Williams's 1923 book of Folk-Songs of the Upper Thames. This new book contains the 205 songs that were not included in the book, together with Williams’s Introduction and Conclusion, notes on the songs, and other materials.

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