Regional Resources

Here are links to regional resources that can be used to find out in more detail what is going on in particular areas.

England - English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

The EFDSS has a list of what is on in different areas of England.
See their website: EFDSS

England - Folklife

Print & online publishers.
Folklife print FQ, the Folklife Quarterly, and publish this & other material online.
See their website HERE

Ireland - Comhaltas

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Gathering of Musicians in Ireland) is a large group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. They are a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in their history they have been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise).

Comhaltas orgainises sessions, tours, classes as well as having an extensive Irish music archive. They also run a system of competitions for Irish music, called the “Fleadh Cheoil” (literally “feast of music”). Musicians compete in a series of qualifying rounds, culminating in the annual All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. These Fleadhs provide festival like settings for musicians to meet and play together, as well as compete, and are an important aspect of the traditional Irish music calendar.

Website: Comhaltas

Midlands - Traditional Arts Team

The Traditional Arts Team runs performance and training events in the Midlands relating to traditional song, music, storytelling and dance. It also publishes a monthly magazine of folk and related activities.

See their website at: Traditional Arts Team

NW England - North West Folk

Want to know what’s happening on the North West Folk and acoustic scene? Then check out the North West Folk website for easy to read, up to date listings of gigs, events and sing arounds etc in the area, with a few articles thrown in.

Website: North West Folk

Scotland - Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)

Since its foundation in 1966, The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has helped to foster and promote Scotland's unique musical traditions.

Its branches provide opportunities for participation (as performer and audience) for people of all ages and abilities by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops, tours and competitions. The branches are each involved in sustaining the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland as a whole.

The TMSA can provide information on some events happening in Scotland.
Website: TMSA

South Devon - Flaxey Green

The aim of Flaxey Green is to promote folk music and folk musicians in South Devon by using the advantages of internet access to provide immediately available and up to date information.

Flaxey Green welcomes information about informal sessions, small gigs, concerts, folk dances, folk clubs, etc. This is a free service and usually information can be included on the site within 2-3 days.

See their website at: Flaxey Green

South West England - club and event listing

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Staffordshire - Map of folky stuff

Map of folk music, poetry, stories… in Staffordshire or nearby in Cheshire, Derbyshire, Midlands, Shropshire…
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Staffordshire - The Folk Diary

Listing of what is on in North Staffordshire and surrounding areas.
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Stockport area - Pyramid Folk Hub

An up-to-date guide to clubs and events offering folk/acoustic/roots music or dance within the whole of the SK postcode plus venues within 15 miles of the 'pyramid' in Stockport. This includes most of Greater Manchester and a large part of Cheshire.

For more info see: Pyramid Folk Hub website