A free afternoon of panel discussions, conversations and music for people in the folk, roots and acoustic music sector.


12.30-13.00 | An academic approach to increasing and diversifying English folk

Dr Fay Hield, University of Sheffield
Dr Angeline Morrison, Musician (Moderator)

Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, Fay Hield, is about to embark upon a five year academic project to research and recommend ways and techniques to decolonise the folk music sector with a specific focus on folk clubs and songs. How should we explore our intangible cultural heritage and sense of Englishness in a progressive way which celebrates and rejuvenates the folk song traditions? Folk singer Angeline Morrison explores the opportunities and challenges facing Fay as she leads this major piece of academic investigation.

13.00-13.45 | Why you should properly register your recordings

When you’ve recorded your album, there are a number of bureaucratic steps to be taken in order to register it properly. What are these steps, and why should you take the time to ensure your recordings are fully registered?

Jordan Crichlow, OMWF (Moderator)
Joe Shergold, PPL
Tim Walker, BBC Radio Lincolnshire
Cat Smyth, Official Charts Company

13.45-14.05 | Virtual Showcase | Lunatraktors

Throughout 2021, English Folk Expo has been creating short virtual showcase films featuring English folk, roots and acoustic artists. Throughout the afternoon, we will be presenting three of these films created at Manchester Folk Festival in October 2021.

The first showcase will present Lunatraktors

14.05-14.15 | BREAK

14.15-15.00 | Meeting the challenge of the climate emergency in the music industry

The climate emergency is the single greatest threat facing our species today. How should the live music sector meet this challenge?

Sam Lee, Musician (Moderator)
Ross Patel, Whole Entertainment
Claire O’Neill, A Greener Festival
Joel Mills, British Council

15.00-15.20 | Virtual Showcase | John Kelly

The second of the Virtual Showcase films recorded live at Manchester Folk Festival 2021

This showcase will feature John Kelly

15.20-15.30 | BREAK

15.30-16.15 | Regional Folk Talk – how are regional traditions in England represented, recorded, promoted and shared?

How should the regional traditions of England be represented? A growing number of organisations and musicians are returning to their regional traditional music to consider how to boost engagement, identity and knowledge of our local folk arts.

David Brookhouse, Heritage Learning Lancashire (Moderator)
Mikey Kenney, Musician
Elinor Creaby-Attwood, Magnetic North East
Georgia Shackleton, Musician

16.15-16.35 | Virtual Showcase | O’Hooley & Tidow

The final Virtual Showcase for the afternoon, recorded in Theatre 1 at HOME, Manchester.

Presenting O’Hooley & Tidow

All of our Virtual Showcase films can be accessed here.

16.35-16.45 | BREAK

16.45-17.15 | Keynote Interview: Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger, Musician
Kellie While, 7digital / English Folk Expo (Moderator)

Born into folk music’s first family, Peggy Seeger has blazed her own trail artistically and personally. From her youth to her pivotal role in the American and British folk revivals, from her instrumental virtuosity to her tireless work on behalf of environmental and feminist causes, from wry reflections on the U.K. folk scene to decades as a songwriter. Freedman also delves into Seeger’s fruitful partnership with Ewan MacColl and a multitude of contributions which include creating the renowned Festivals of Fools, founding Blackthorne Records, masterminding the legendary Radio Ballads documentaries, and mentoring performers in the often-fraught atmosphere of The Critics Group. Peggy will be interviewed by EFEx Chair of Trustees, folk musician and Head of 7digital Creative, Kellie While.

These sessions are available to watch again for free on Folk Talk Academy alongside past conference panels, webinars, essays and other resources for anyone building a career in the music industry.

All panel discussions will be live closed captioned

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