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Vaughan Williams on Music$
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David Manning

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195182392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.001.0001

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The English Folk Dance and Song Society

The English Folk Dance and Song Society

(p.283) Chapter 63 The English Folk Dance and Song Society
Vaughan Williams on Music

David Manning

Oxford University Press

In 1958 the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of its older half—the Folk Song Society—which was founded in June 1898. Of those who brought the movement to birth no one now remains in the Society, and few names on the first list of members are those of people whom today one would associate with folk music. Two great figures in folk music were, however, there from the beginning: Mr Frank Kidson and Miss Lucy Broadwood. Mr. Kidson, a shy Yorkshire bachelor with a unique knowledge of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century song and dance collections, had already compiled over 54 volumes of a manuscript Index of Airs. He is probably best known as joint editor with Alfred Moffat of a large number of Minstrelsies of different parts of the British Isles.

Keywords:   EFDSS, folk song, folk music, Frank Kidson, Lucy Broadwood, Index of Airs, Alfred Moffat, Minstrelsies

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